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    SDSU MBB: Jackrabbits turn attention to Alabama State

    Previewing the Game
    South Dakota State continues a season-opening homestand Thursday when Alabama State comes to town. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from Frost Arena between two programs meeting for the second-consecutive year in Brookings.

    The Jacks are the three-time defending Summit League tournament champions, and last year earned the program's first-ever outright Summit regular season title, going 13-1 in league play. State carries the nation's longest active home-winning streak (21) after picking up a 79-74 season-opening victory Tuesday evening against Grand Canyon. The Jackrabbits are a combined 27-2 at Frost Arena under third-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

    Alabama State, tabbed fifth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), dropped a 79-53 contest at Iowa State Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa. ASU went 8-23 a year ago and returns their top three scorers for the 2018-19 campaign.

    The two programs have met once prior to tonight's bout, with South Dakota State taking a 94-63 victory in 2017-18 at home.

    About South Dakota State
    Fresh off a strong showing Tuesday night in a season-opening victory, South Dakota State faces a quick turnaround to game two of the season Thursday night.

    The Jackrabbits saw three players reach double figures in the first contest of the year, led by David Jenkins, who led all scorers with 31 and matched his career-high to kick off his sophomore campaign.

    Mike Daum posted a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double (his 33rd career game with 10-plus points and boards) and Matt Dentlinger, in his collegiate debut, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

    Tevin King was dominant on the glass, grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds to help the Jackrabbits kick off the year with a plus-13 advantage in boards -- a stat that proved vital towards SDSU's success a year ago, as the Jackrabbits were 20-2 when winning the rebounding battle in 2017-18.

    Daum, a two-time Summit League Player of the Year and Associated Press All-American, is back for his senior year after exploring the NBA Draft waters. The Kimball, Nebraska native, who was named the Summit League's Preseason Player of the Year, led the team with 23.9 points per game and scored 836 points a year ago. Now with 2,252 career points, he is closing in on Nate Wolters' all-time SDSU scoring record of 2,363 and could reach the mark by late-November.

    Jenkins, the 2018 Summit League Freshman of the Year, returns as the team's second-leading scorer and earned All-Summit League Preseason First Team honors. He reset Daum's freshman scoring record last season with 565 total tallies, averaging 16.1 points per game, and has already put to rest fears of a sophomore slump with his 31-point showing against GCU. Jenkins finished eighth nationally among freshmen in scoring average and hit 84 3-pointers last year.

    Tevin King entered last season known primarily as a lockdown defender for the Jackrabbits but showed off a new facet to his game as he finished fourth on the team in scoring (9.1 points per game) while shooting 52.2 percent from the field in 2017-18. Tevin King was second among Jackrabbits in rebounds (196) and had a team-best 59 steals as well.

    Skyler Flatten is back after earning a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. He led The Summit League in 3-point percentage (49.1) last year, averaging 6.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the league champions.

    Beau Brown missed 15 games last season due to injury but is healthy for his junior campaign. He appeared in seven games in 2017-18 and is expected to compete for playing time this year.

    Four newcomers made their debut in the season-opener, as Dentlinger started and Alex Arians, Owen King and Alou Dillon came off the bench for valuable minutes.

    Arians was a First Team WBCA Division II pick as a senior in Madison, Wisconsin (Edgewood High School) and was his conference's player of the year in 2016-17.

    Dentlinger left Kuemper Catholic High School (Carroll, Iowa) as the program's career-record holder in points (1,311), rebounds (754) and blocks (239) while earning All-State honors as a senior.

    Dillon is healthy after fighting through an injury last season, having arrived at State after earning WBCA All-State First Team honors and his conference's player of the year award in 2016-17 while playing for Wauwatosa West High School (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin).

    Owen King was a four-time all-conference performer at Caledonia Area High School, voted Associated Press All-Second Team and was a final-five pick for Minnesota Mr. Basketball in 2018. He left high school as the program's all-time scorer (2,437 points) and in addition to basketball honors was named the 2018 AP Minnesota Football High School Player of the Year.

    About Alabama State
    Alabama State is in search of its first win of the season after losing to Iowa State in the opener. The Hornets return eight letterwinners who have all started at least one game in their career.

    Reginald Gee (15 points vs Iowa State) is the top returning scorer after putting in 15.5 per game a year ago, while Jacoby Ross and Branden Johnson are back as well to round out the top three offensive returners. Ross averaged 12.5 points per game last year and Johnson dropped 7.7 points and grabbed 6.8 rebounds on average.

    Leon Daniels added 11 in his first collegiate start against Iowa Stat e and Johnson finished the night with 11 rebounds for the Hornets.

    Alabama State shot 36.4 (20-of-55) percent from the field and 34.6 (9-of-26) percent beyond the arc.

    Lewis Jackson is in his 14th season leading the Hornets and holds a 187-220 record at the helm.

    A South Dakota State Win Would ... 
    Give SDSU its second win of the season and increase the nation's longest-active home winning streak to 22 games ... move the Jackrabbits to 2-0 all-time against Alabama State ... push Otzelberger to 48-24 at South Dakota State ... give the Jacks a 1,513-1,031-1 program mark.

    A South Dakota State Loss Would ... 
    End South Dakota State's nation-best 21-game active home winning streak and put the team at 1-1 on the year ... make Otzelberger 47-25 at South Dakota State ... drop SDSU to 1,512-1,032-1 all-time.

    Preseason All-Conference Team; Jacks Picked First
    Mike Daum and David Jenkins headlined the Summit League's preseason teams, announced early-October. Jenkins is a first-time preseason honoree while Daum earned his third-consecutive Preseason Player of the Year nod.

    Daum is the second Jackrabbit to be named Preseason All-Conference and the first to do it more than once, joining Nate Wolters (2012-13).

    As a team, South Dakota State was picked to win the league for the fifth time in program history, garnering 34 of 36 first-place votes.

    South Dakota State's Mike Daum is within reach of rarefied air as he enters his senior campaign looking to become just the ninth men's basketball player all-time to reach 3,000 points. Daum currently sits 193rd on the NCAA's all-time scoring chart and will look to climb the ranks throughout the year. He is currently second among active scorers, trailing only Campbell's Chris Clemons (2,272 points). A look at Daum's latest scoring chart listing can be found on page five of the game notes.

    Let It Rain
    South Dakota State's 3-point offense ranked amongst the nation's best a year ago for the second-straight season, and the Jackrabbits are primed for another year of hot shooting beyond the arc.

    • South Dakota State reset the school record for single-season 3-pointers made (374) and attempted (927) in 2017-18 after breaking the previous record a year prior (318 of 883).
    • South Dakota State returns three players who hit 50 or more 3-pointers last year in Mike Daum (96), David Jenkins (84) and Skyler Flatten (55). After breaking the single-season record a year ago, Daum now has 205 3-pointers in his career and is just 51 away from the program's career record.
    • Since the arrival of T.J. Otzelberger, the Jacks now hold all of the top five spots in the record book for 3-pointers made and attempted in a Division I game.
    • The Otzelberger-led Jackrabbits have hit 14 or more 3-pointers in 13 games over the last three seasons, and prior to his arrival a State team had hit 14 or more 3-pointers in just six games.
    • Through the first 12 seasons of Division I basketball (starting in the first transition year of 2003-04 through 2015-16), SDSU had 71 games of 10 or more 3-pointers, with a max of 13 in one season (2010-13). The Jackrabbits have done it 34 times since then, hitting 10 or more in 21 games last year.
    • Under Otzelberger, the Jackrabbits have attempted 30 or more 3-pointers in a game 15 times. The Pre-Otzelberger era teams did it on 11 total occasions since the adoption of the 3-point line in 1986. It happened three times at the Division II level and eight times between 2003-04 and 2015-16, the last season Scott Nagy led the program.

    Charity Stripe Success
    The Jackrabbit offense has found a comfort zone at the charity stripe over Otzelberger's tenure as head coach, leading the league in free throw makes (578), attempts (759) and percentage (.762) a year ago while ranking among the nation's top 50 in makes and attempts.

    • South Dakota State got to the free throw line more than its opponents in 27 of 35 games last year.
    • Mike Daum opened Summit League play with 35 consecutive free throws, matching the second-longest streak in Jackrabbit history (Garrett Callahan, 2008-09) after setting the record last season with 43 straight from Dec. 7-22, 2016.
    • Mike Daum matched his school record of 16 made free throws (out of 16 attempts) at North Dakota State Jan. 3, 2018. He did it twice in 2016-17.
    • Daum holds the school's single-season free throw record (set in 2016-17) and now is 590 of 693 in his career. He ranks second in career makes (58 shy of Nate Wolters' record) and fourth in attempts.

    Tacoma Talent
    Tacoma, Washington native David Jenkins made a statement early in 2018-19 to erase any doubt of a sophomore slump, matching his career-high in points (31) against Grand Canyon while scoring the final 10 Jackrabbit points to seal the home-opening victory.

    Jenkins enters his second season of collegiate play as a hot commodity in the basketball realm, racking up an SDSU freshman record 565 points a year while finishing in the top 10 of freshman scorers nationwide. Additionally, Jenkins finished with 84 3-pointers (one shy of previous record, prior to Mike Daum breaking it with 96 last year) and hit at least two treys in 24 contests.

    On Dec. 22, 2017 at Colorado, Jenkins set the school's freshman single-game scoring record with 31 and matched it Feb. 8, 2018 at Denver.

    Jenkins has reached double figures in 29 career games (out of 36).

    Jenkins and Steve Holdren are the only two Jackrabbit freshmen to lead the team in scoring in their first collegiate game over the last 17 years (dating back to 2000-01 when game-by-game stats were readily available).

    Fellow Tacoma native Isaiah Thomas, currently with the Denver Nuggets, had 541 points and 29 double figure games (out of 35 available) through his freshman season at Washington. Through 36 career games, Thomas had 571 points and 30 double-digit scoring performances

    Somebody's Watching Me
    South Dakota State's Mike Daum has been named to three national award watch lists in the 2018-19 preseason, with more recognition possible as additional lists are released this month.

    The John R. Wooden presented by Wendy's announced its Preseason Top 50 Wednesday on ESPN's SportsCenter and on, featuring Daum for the second-consecutive year. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor.

    The National Association of Basketball Coaches on Nov. 5 announced its preseason watch list for the 2019 NABC Division I Player of the Year Presented by ShotTracker, with Daum among the 20 names released. The 2019 NABC Division I Player of the Year award will be announced on Sunday, April 7, at the NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show in Minneapolis, Minn. - site of the 2019 NCAA Final Four.

    Daum was named to the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award preseason watch list in mid-October by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men's basketball. Daum was one of five finalists for the 2018 Karl Malone Award and is a repeat selection to the preseason watch list. The winner of the 2019 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5. Broadcast information will be released by ESPN at a later date.

    Watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Lute Olson Award, both lists Daum was a part of in 2017-18, are set to be released this month.

    The Jacks own an 90-5 record at Frost Arena over the last seven seasons dating back to 2011-12, which includes perfect home records in five of the last seven years and a 1-0 start to the current campaign. That span includes two home winning streaks of 30 or more games.

    • The Jackrabbits' current 21-game home winning streak ranks as the nation's longest active streak in Division I entering the 2018-19 season. The Jacks have held the nation's longest active-home winning streak twice in the last five years.
    • Since 2011-12, South Dakota State has won 94.7 percent of its home games, a mark that top all Division I programs in that span. That list is on page three of the game notes.
    • South Dakota State won 34 consecutive games from Jan. 30, 2014 to Dec. 28, 2016. It ended as the nation's second longest active streak.
    • The Jackrabbits won 30 consecutive home games from Jan. 29, 2011 to Nov. 14, 2013.
    • SDSU put together undefeated seasons inside Frost Arena the following years: 1984-85 (18-0), 2002-03 (17-0), 2011-12 (14-0), 2012-13 (13-0), 2014-15 (13-0), 2015-16 (12-0) and 2017-18 (15-0).
    • South Dakota State has won 28 consecutive home nonconference games inside Frost Arena entering this year. That mark ranks eighth nationally.

    Daum Reaches 2,000 Points
    Mike Daum became just the second Jackrabbit to score over 2,000 points in his career when he reached the mark Feb. 1, 2018 against North Dakota State. Daum is the 15th Summit League player to achieve 2,000 points, and ranks among the fastest to do it in the NCAA over the last 20 years.

    Additionally, Daum stacks up well against previous Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Award winners over the last 25 years, reaching the 2,000-point mark faster than any previous winner. Daum was on the midseason Robertson Trophy Watch List and on the Wooden Award's preseason list in 2017-18, and was named to the 2018-19 Wooden Preseason list earlier this month.

    Jacks Fifth in Preseason Mid-Major Top 25
    The Jackrabbits were ranked fifth in the 2018-19 preseason College Sports Madness Mid-Major poll of the, behind only Gonzaga, Buffalo, Loyola Chicago and BYU.
    The Jacks were ranked in all but one version of the poll last year and were in the top 10 for the last month of the season, sitting fourth in 2017-18's final poll.

    Team Quick Hits

    • Matt Dentlinger became the second Jackrabbit in as many years to reach double figures in his collegiate debut after David Jenkins did it last year against UC Irvine.
    • SDSU's 28 wins in 2017-18 was the most in program history.
    • South Dakota State went 12-0 when holding opponents under 70 points last season, while posting a 24-2 record when breaking the 70-point barrier on the offensive end.
    • South Dakota State scored 100 or more four times last season. The last time SDSU had two or more 100-point games in a season was 2011-12, when the Jackrabbits did it twice. The Division I program record for 100-point games in a season is five, set in 2004-05, and the overall program record is six, set in 1997-98, 1991-92 and 1968-69.
    • The Jackrabbits scored 90 or more points in 13 games last year and scored 80 or more in 23 games.
    • Since T.J. Otzelberger's arrival three years ago, the Jackrabbits are 37-3 when winning the rebounding battle and 9-20 when being out-rebounded or tied on the boards.
    • South Dakota State won its 1,500th game Jan. 20, 2018 at Western Illinois. The Jacks won their 500th game in Frost Arena in the 2016-17 regular season finale.
    • 2017-18 marked the third time State started 3-0 at the Division I level (dating back to transition year of 2004-05). The Jacks also did it in 2010-11 and 2015-16, when the team started a Division I-best 6-0.
    • At least one Jackrabbit has scored in double figures over the last 343 games dating back to Jan. 12, 2008 at IUPUI when Anthony Cordova had nine points to lead the Jacks.
    • From Jan. 31, 2009 through the 2013-14 season, SDSU put together a streak of 179 games with at least one 1,000-point scorer on the floor. SDSU snapped a streak of 90 games without a 1,000-point scorer when Mike Daum joined the club on Jan. 21, 2017. SDSU has now restarted a streak of 49 games with at least one 1,000-point scorer on the court.
    • State has made at least one 3-pointer in 373 consecutive games. The last time the Jackrabbits did not make a 3-point field goal was Jan. 25, 2007
    • SDSU is 93-18 all-time in home openers (where records available). Dating back to 2004-05, SDSU's first year of DI transition, SDSU is 14-2.
    • SDSU is 74-39 in season-openers all-time. The Jacks are 7-8 in season-opening games at the Division I level.
    • The Jackrabbits are 6-5 in Summit League openers.

    Daum Eyes All-Time Scoring Mark
    Mike Daum is just 111 points away from breaking Nate Wolters' all-time school scoring record on 2,363 points. Daum averaged 23.9 points per game last season, and if he continues that pace he will break the record in late-November. A look at SDSU's all-time scoring chart is on page 12 of the game notes.

    Jackrabbits in Two Scheduling Agreements
    Summit League and Western Athletic Conference officials announced in October the matchups and dates for the first year of The Summit League/WAC Challenge in men's basketball.

    The Challenge features head-to-head competition between all nine teams. Matchups were set based upon factors including the previous year's achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings in the upcoming season. Those teams with home games in 2018 will play on the road in 2019 and vice versa. In addition, teams will not face the same opponent in back-to-back years.

    The Jackrabbits will host Grand Canyon Nov. 6 in their 2018-19 season opener and travel to CSU Bakersfield in 2019-20 as part of the agreement.

    Last year, the Jacks were announced as part of a four-year deal with the Big Sky.

    Each school will play one home game and road contest against separate schools from the other league during each of the four seasons. South Dakota State joins North Dakota State, North Dakota and Omaha as Summit League representatives, while Montana State, Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington are participating from the Big Sky.

    The Jackrabbits will play the following games as part of the agreement:
    2018-19: Montana (home), Eastern Washington (away)
    2019-20: Idaho (home), Montana State (away)
    2020-21: Eastern Washington (home), Montana (away)
    2021-22: Montana State (home), Idaho (away)

    Tough Tests
    South Dakota State played five Power Five (ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12) opponents a year ago (in addition to a matchup at then-No. 6 Wichita State of the American Athletic Conference).

    Although the team does not have any power five opponents on this year's schedule, the Jacks will travel to AAC's Memphis and preseason No. 7/9 Nevada of the Mountain West.

    South Dakota State has seven wins over Power Five programs since joining The Summit League in 2007, picking up wins over Iowa State (2008), Iowa (2010 and 2017), Washington (2011), TCU (2015), Minnesota (2015) and Ole Miss (2017).

    SDSU's wins over Iowa and Ole Miss in 2017-18 came in the shortest time frame of any Summit League team since 1998 (seven days). The Jackrabbits are the fifth league team to post a win over separate Power Five conferences in the same regular season, and the first to do it since 2009.

    In 10 games against power five opponents for his career, Mike Daum is averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from deep. He has two double-doubles in those matchups.

    SDSU Last Time Out (Nov. 6)
    A highly-anticipated season opener lived up to its billing Tuesday night at Frost Arena, as South Dakota State pulled off a 79-74 victory over Grand Canyon in a high-energy, physical contest in front of 1,933 fans.

    David Jenkins led all scorers with 31 points, matching his career-high in the scoring column with four 3-pointers, including two in the final 90 seconds to seal the Jackrabbit victory.

    Mike Daum posted a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double and dished four assists, while Matt Dentlinger logged 36 minutes in his collegiate debut and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

    Tevin King dominated the glass to the tune of a career-high 12 rebounds, playing a key role in SDSU's plus-13 advantage (48-35) on the glass.

    "I'm really excited for our guys," head coach T.J. Otzelberger said. "That's a great team. (They're) a well-coached team, a team with a lot of toughness, a team with a lot of good players, and they're going to win a lot of games this year. It felt like that was a big-time, high-level college game.

    "I'm just proud of our guys and how they came out and finished that game as a group. Certainly there was a point there where it wasn't going quite as well as we would have liked down the stretch, but they rallied when we needed to. We had some big rebounds, made some free throws down the stretch and obviously you can't say enough about the gutty shots David Jenkins made to ensure victory late."

    Down 5-4 early, State scored six straight to take a 10-5 lead near the under-16 media, but GCU responded with nine consecutive to force a Jackrabbit timeout at 13:29. Daum hit a 3-pointer out of the break to stop the run and pull SDSU within one (14-13), but the Lopes kept the momentum and built their lead to six moments later.

    The Jackrabbits crawled back to within one possession (25-24) over the next five minutes, and at 5:32 Jenkins took over with a 9-3 run of his own, burying a pair of 3-pointers, a contested layup, and a free throw out of the under-four media to make it 33-28 in SDSU's favor.

    The frenetic pace continued the rest of the half, as Grand Canyon rallied to tie it at 36-all, but a Daum second-chance layup with time winding down sent SDSU to a 38-36 halftime lead.

    South Dakota State and Grand Canyon traded buckets out of the break, but a burst of nine unanswered Jackrabbit points near the 17-minute mark provided separation for the home team that would come in handy down the stretch.

    The Jacks built their lead to 10 (60-50) over the next five minutes, and led by as many as 13 with 5:15 to play, but a pesky Grand Canyon team did not wilt, closing the gap to four (69-65) over the next two minutes of action.

    Jenkins' clutch 3-pointers at 1:25 and :39 allowed State to catch its breath down the stretch, but GCU kept charging and made it a 75-70 contest with 30 seconds left. That's as close as the Lopes would come, however, as Jenkins scored the final 10 points for the Jacks push their home winning streak to a nation-leading 21 games.

    The Jackrabbits shot 48.3 percent as a team, burying seven 3-pointers in the contest.

    SDSU won the battle in the paint, 38-24, and were helped to victory by an 18-8 advantage in second-chance points, thanks in part to 14 offensive boards (with six from Daum).

    Opponent Last Time Out (Nov. 6)
    AMES, Iowa | Alabama State fell behind early and couldn't overcome the hot-shooting of Iowa State, falling 79-53 in front of 13,696 at the Hilton Coliseum in the season opener Tuesday night.

    "The guys played hard," Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson said. "Iowa State is a good team, and they will have a good year. We schedule games like this at the beginning of the year to help us grow and get better. Tonight, we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit on shot selection and turnovers.

    "We learned a lot tonight, and you always say if you don't learn something in a loss then it was in vain. We will work on the things we need to work on from tonight, and get ready for our next game against South Dakota State."

    Iowa State (1-0) and Alabama State traded the first two baskets of game, both three pointers including one from Leon Daniels of the Hornets to tie the game at 3-all just 50 seconds into the contest. However, from there the Cyclones went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 15-3 lead with 16:23 remaining in the first half. Alabama State (0-1) battled back to within seven with 15:30 to play in the half on baskets by Reginald Gee and Fausto Pichardo.

    The lead stayed at seven for the next three minutes until Iowa State pushed it out to 10, at 20-10 with 12:29 to play and kept it at double figures for the remaining of the first half.

    After the Cyclones pushed the lead to as many as 19 late in the first half, Alabama State fought back to within at 10 with 11:17 remaining in the contest. The Hornets used a three-pointer from Jacoby Ross with 15:03 remaining to pull to within 13, and a layup by Branden Johnson to get to within 48-34. Pichardo connected on a lay-up with 12:34 to play, and Gee pulled the Hornets to within 10 at 48-38 with 11:17 to play in the contest.

    But from there Iowa State went on a run and held Alabama State scoreless for a three-minute stretch to pull away for the win.

    Gee led Alabama State with 15 points on 50 (5-of-10) percent shooting from the floor, while Leon Daniels added 11 in his first collegiate start - including connecting on a trio of three-pointers. Johnson finished the night with 11 rebounds for the Hornets, while Gene Davis added four assists.

    The Hornets shot 36.4 (20-of-55) percent from the floor and 34.6 (9-of-26) percent shooting from beyond the arc, while also hitting on just 40 (4-of-10) percent from the free throw line. The Hornets were forced into 20 turnovers in the loss by Iowa State. Meanwhile, the Cyclones shot 47.8 (32-of-67) percent from the floor, including 54.8 percent in the second half, and 38.5 (10-of-26) percent from beyond the arc. They shot 71.4 (5-of-7) from the free throw line in the victory.

    Michael Jacobson led all scorers with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Marial Shayok added 14 - 12 coming in the first half. Lindell Wigginton added 13 and Tyrese Haliburton 12 in the Iowa State win.

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