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    SDSU MBBB: Jacks welcome Fighting Hawks to Frost Saturday

    Previewing the Game
    South Dakota State returns to Frost Arena for one-game stop this weekend, hosting North Dakota on Saturday as part of a doubleheader. The Jackrabbits and Fighting Hawks tip at 4:15 p.m. following the women's game.

    Saturday's game sponsor is Sanford Health, and associate game sponsor is MetaBank. Additionally, the upcoming contest features #BeatType1 Diabetes day at Frost Arena as the Jackrabbits, Summit League and Sanford Health team up to raise awareness. Additional information is below.

    The Jackrabbits, picked first in the league's preseason poll, has won eight straight contests and is coming up a two-game road swing that saw SDSU take down Oral Roberts (86-80) on Thursday and Denver (92-82) on Sunday.

    Now in the second-half of Summit League play, the Jacks sit at 19-6 on the year and 9-1 in Summit League play. SDSU holds a 1.5 game lead in the standings over Omaha and a two-game advantage over Purdue Fort Wayne for the top spot.

    North Dakota (9-15, 3-8 Summit League) faced off with North Dakota State Wednesday night in Grand Forks, falling 74-70 to the Bison after suffering a 90-72 setback at Omaha last weekend.

    This is the 189th meeting all-time between the programs and the second as Summit League foes. The Jackrabbits trail the Fighting Hawks in the all-time series, 104-84, but in Division I contests SDSU holds a 6-1 edge. The Jacks topped UND in a slugfest in Grand Forks, North Dakota earlier this year, 78-74.

    Beat Type 1 Diabetes
    The Summit League and Sanford Health are teaming up to bring awareness to type 1 diabetes. Saturday's doubleheader at Frost Arena marks SDSU's inaugural #BeatType1 Promotional Game.

    Currently, there are 1.25 million Americans battling type 1 diabetes. While the condition occurs at every age and in every race, most of those diagnosed are children. More than 70,000 children under the age of 14 are newly diagnosed with this life-changing condition each year.

    Fans in attendance can visit a promotional table in Frost Arena to learn more about the promotion, answer trivia questions for prizes, or consult with medical professionals on-site from Sanford Health.

    More information is available at www.thesummitleague.org/beattype1.

    About South Dakota State
    All-American Mike Daum paces the Jackrabbit offense with a double-double average of 24.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, shooting 51.7 percent from the field with 49 3-point field goals. He is one of two players nationally averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

    As well, Daum has dished 44 assists on the year and is playing 32.7 minutes per contest. The two-time Summit League Player of the Year now has 2,854 career points and 47 career double-doubles, ranking first all-time on both lists at SDSU. He has scored 40 or more in two games this season and has reached the 30-point mark in four of the last six contests. Daum also tallied 15 or more rebounds in three games from January 16-26, becoming the first player in over 20 years to have 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds in three straight games.

    David Jenkins is second in scoring for the Jacks, dropping 19.3 points on average with 12 20-plus scoring performances, including a career-best 35 against Memphis when he hit 8 of 11 from beyond the arc. The Tacoma, Washington native has 81 treys on the year (with two games of eight 3-pointers) to go with 47.5 field goal and 46.8 3-point field goal percentages.

    Skyler Flatten rounds out the top scorers for South Dakota State with 16.0 points per game, as the sixth-year senior has hit 68 3-pointers, tallied 28 steals, dished 49 assists and reached double figures in 22 contests this year. He has five 20-plus scoring performances, hitting 28 against UTSA, 29 against Savannah State, 20 versus Nevada, Eastern Washington and South Dakota, and 36 at Denver. In that contest with the Pioneers, Flatten buried eight 3-pointers and went 14-of-18 overall from the field.

    Tevin King leads the team with 110 assists and is averaging 9.2 points per game. He is a 52.5 percent shooter from the field and has 43 steals to go with a 6.0 rebounding average. Tevin King has reached double figures in 14 games this year, and on Jan. 12 against ORU reset the school's Division I record (and tied the overall program record) with eight steals.

    Alex Arians has started 16 games for the Jacks and is averaging 5.6 points per game with two double-doubles, including a 19-point, 10-rebound and five-assist showing against South Dakota. He is posting 4.6 rebounds per game and has 21 steals in 27.2 minutes per game.

    Owen King is second on the Jacks with 65 assists, dishing 2.6 per game to go with 4.5 scoring and 1.8 rebounding averages. He has tallied three or more assists in 12 contests.

    Matt Dentlinger (3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game), Ryan Krueger (2.3 ppg, 11 3-pointers) and Alou Dillon (2.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg) have provided valuable minutes as well. 

    The Jackrabbits are averaging 85.0 points per contest and shooting an impressive 50.9 percent as a team from the field. SDSU is 250-of-595 from beyond the arc and has hit 370-of-487 at the charity stripe. All told, the Jacks have nine players (out of 10 active on the roster) shooting better than 47 percent from the field with three hitting 40 percent-plus from deep.

    On the boards, the Jacks hold a plus-4.5 edge in rebound margin and are pulling down 38.3 per game as a team.

    About North Dakota
    Head Coach Brian Jones is in his 13th season leading the Fighting Hawks and holds a 187-214 mark on the bench.

    North Dakota is averaging 73.8 points per game and shooting 46.4 percent as a team. The Fighting Hawks have hit 190-of-514 3-point attempts on the season (37 percent), and are shooting 11.5 free throws per game at a clip of 70.1 percent. UND is minus-1.0 in rebounding margin at 34 boards per game.

    Opponents are shooting 44.8 percent against North Dakota and have buried 6.9 3-pointers per game at 44.8 percent while averaging 72.5 points.

    Individually, three double-figure scorers pace the Fighting Hawks' offense. Cortez Seales is one of two players to appear in all 24 games and leads the team with a 13.1 scoring averag. He is a 46.2 percent shooter, leads the team with 74 total assists and is second on the team in rebounding (5.0 per game).

    Marlon Stewart, who is back in the lineup after missing a significant amount of time during the nonconference season, is averaging 13.0 points per game with 49 total assists (3.7 per contest).

    Conner Avants has missed the last four games due to injury with his status unknown for Saturday's action. He is third on the team in scoring (12.4) and second among Fighting Hawks with a 5.2 rebounding average. Avants is a 61.7 percent shooter. Filip Rebraca (8.3 points per game) leads the team with a 5.8 rebounding average.

    Aanen Moody, who is just outside double-figures at 9.5 points per game, leads the team with 61 3-pointers.

    A South Dakota State Win Would ... 
    Give SDSU its 20th win of the season and push the Jackrabbits' winning streak to nine games ... mark the second-straight season SDSU has hit 20 wins and the sixth time at the Division I level ... move the Jacks to 85-104 all-time against North Dakota and 7-1 in the Division I series ... make Otzelberger 66-30 at South Dakota State ... give the Jacks a 1,531-1,037-1 program mark.

    A South Dakota State Loss Would ... 
    Hand State its seventh loss of the year and second in Summit League play ... snap an eight-game winning streak ... move SDSU to 84-105 all-time against the Fighting Hawks and 6-2 in Division I contests between the schools ... make Otzelberger 65-31 at South Dakota State ... drop SDSU to 1,530-1,038-1 all-time.

    Daum Sets All-Time Scoring and Rebounding Marks
    Mike Daum has become the new leader in career points and rebounds at South Dakota State during his senior season.

    Mike Daum entered the Nov. 20 matchup with UTSA needing 17 points to break Nate Wolters' all-time school scoring record of 2,363 points.

    Daum left with 41 points and moved into first-place on the all-time scoring chart. The historic bucket came near the four-minute mark of the first quarter against UTSA, when Owen King found Daum near the paint and let the big man go to work, draining a fadeaway jumper to move past Nate Wolters and into history.

    The Kimball, Nebraska native broke Mark Tetzlaff's rebounding record on Feb. 3 at Denver, using a putback layup to move past Tetzlaff (1,132 rebounds).

    Jenkins Joins 1,000-Point Club
    David Jenkins became the 48th member of South Dakota State's 1,000-point club on Jan. 26, reaching the mark in 57 career games (tied for third-fewest games in SDSU's history). Jenkins entered a Saturday matchup with Omaha needing 19 points to join the club, and buried a 3-pointer with 2:33 left in the game to give him an even 1,000 points for his career.

    He is now 41st on SDSU's all-time scoring list after 59 career games with 1,029 career points. A look at SDSU's all-time scoring chart is on page 13 of the game notes.

    Young Guns
    South Dakota State is one of six teams nationally with more than 50 percent of its roster made up of freshman (true and redshirt). The Jackrabbits have three true and four redshirt freshman, accounting for 58.3 percent of their active roster, the second-highest percentage nationally.

    All four redshirts have seen playing time, led by Alex Arians, who has worked his way into the starting lineup and is logging 27.2 minutes per contest. Owen King, the lone true freshman to see time, has appeared in all 25 contests as a true freshman and is averaging 2.6 assists over 18.1 minutes per game.

    Senior Salute
    Mike Daum, Skyler Flatten and Tevin King have gone 91-38 over the past four seasons and could leave South Dakota State as the winningest senior class in the program's history.

    Reaching the Summit
    Mike Daum became the Summit League's scoring king on Dec. 7 in a 42-point performance against Southern. Daum entered the game 37 points shy of the league's scoring record, trailing only UMKC's Michael Watson (2,488; 2000-04) and Oral Roberts' Caleb Green (2,503; 2003-07).

    Daum entered the season eighth all-time in Summit League points.

    Additionally, the senior is now second in The Summit League's record book for career rebounds with 1,133, closing in on Caleb Green's career record of 1,189 boards.

    Daum Part of Historic Duo 
    Jackrabbit basketball student-athletes Mike Daum and Macy Miller both rank as their respective programs' all-time leading scorers, and have combined for 4,966 career points between the two of them.

    Daum and Miller are closing in on combining for over 5,000 career points with one month of regular season play remaining, and should they pass that milestone would join a select group to do so. Using available resources and historical databases, South Dakota State's pair would join a group that includes at least three other duos.

    Senior Trio Leads Nation in Scoring 
    South Dakota State seniors Mike Daum, Skyler Flatten and Tevin King have combined for 4,544 total points in their time as Jackrabbits, which currently leads the nation among highest-scoring senior trios. In terms of active scoring trios that includes all classes, the Jackrabbits' group of Mike Daum, David Jenkins and Skyler Flatten paces the nation as well in career points (4,760).

    Daum Picks Up Summit League Honors
    South Dakota State's Mike Daum has been named the Summit League's Player of the Week 18 times in his career and seven times this season, including three straight weeks (Nov. 26, Dec. 3 & Dec. 10). He has won more weekly league honors than any player in Summit League history. Nate Wolters and Caleb Green (Oral Roberts) won it 15 times in their careers. He has also tied his own record (shared with Nate Wolters) for single-season weekly awards.

    • Nov. 12 -- Daum averaged 23 points and 12.3 rebounds per contest, tallying three double-doubles and shooting over 46 percent from the field. The 6-9 senior scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds against Grand Canyon, 23 and 13 against Alabama State and finished the week with 26 points and 11 boards against Bemidji State.
    • Nov. 26 -- Daum averaged 26.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest over three games to help the Jacks finish fifth at the Gulf Coast Showcase. Daum shot over 50 percent from the field and had a 41-point performance against UTSA en route to breaking SDSU's all-time scoring record and moving into third in career points in Summit League history.
    • Dec. 3 -- Daum averaged a double-double in a pair of dominant Jackrabbit victories last week, helping his team take down Kansas City, 75-47, and Northern Iowa, 82-50. Daum put up 25.0 points and 14.5 rebounds per game, shooting 68.2 percent overall from the field. He tallied 26 points and 18 rebounds (one shy of his career-high) against UMKC and closed the week with 24 points and 11 boards against UNI, hitting 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.
    • Dec. 10 -- The Kimball, Nebraska big man averaged 30 points and six rebounds over the two games, shooting 57.6 percent from the field with six 3-pointers. He added a 16 of 17 effort at the charity stripe for the week. He scored 42 points against Southern to move into first all-time in Summit League scoring and had 18 against Memphis.
    • Dec. 24 -- Daum averaged a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds per game, hitting 21-of-24 from the free throw line over two contests to go alongside a 45.9 field goal percentage. The Kimball, Nebraska native started the week with 27 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Eastern Washington and led the team with 33 points and 15 rebounds against Montana.
    • Jan. 21 -- In SDSU's lone contest for the week, Daum put together a monster 34-point, 21-rebound showing to help the Jackrabbits defeat the North Dakota Fighting Hawks last Thursday. Daum set a new career-high in rebounds and notched his 12th double-double of the season. The Kimball, Nebraska native recorded the fourth 30-20 game in NCAA Division I this season and had SDSU's first-ever 20-plus rebounding total in its Division I history.
    • Jan. 28 -- The Kimball, Nebraska native averaged a monster double-double of 31.5 points and 16.5 rebounds over two games last week, helping the Jackrabbits go 2-0 and gain sole possession of first place in the league standings. Daum had 30 points and 17 rebounds against North Dakota State and followed with a 33-point, 16-board performance against Omaha.


    #Chasing3K
    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 15th on the NCAA's all-time scoring chart with 2,854 career points and will look to climb the ranks throughout the year.

    He is second among active scorers and has been in a back-and-forth race with Campbell's Chris Clemons (2,875 points). A look at Daum's latest scoring chart listing can be found on page five of the game notes.

    Daum a Finalist for Senior CLASS Award
    South Dakota State's Mike Daum was among 20 NCAA men's and women's basketball student-athletes selected as finalists Wednesday for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

    An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

    The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates announced earlier in the season. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four and NCAA Women's Final Four.

    Additional information can be found at www.seniorCLASSaward.com.

    Three-Tiered Attack
    South Dakota State's top three scorers rank first nationally in combined scoring average entering the weekend. The Jackrabbits are one of three school's nationally to feature three scorers in the top 250 for scoring average. Additionally, Mike Daum (2,854), David Jenkins (1,029) and Skyler Flatten (877) have combined for more career points (4,760) than any other group in NCAA Division I this year.

    Tacoma Talent
    Tacoma, Washington native David Jenkins has made a statement early in 2018-19 to erase any doubt of a sophomore slump, posting three 30-plus scoring performances and hitting the 20-point mark in 12 games. He has reset his career-high in scoring twice this year, tallying 32 against Colorado State and 35 at Memphis. Jenkins now has 1,029 points in 59 career games with 22 double-figure scoring performances on the season.

    The Sunrise Christian Academy product has reached double figures in 50 career games (out of 59 available, missing one game due to injury this season).

    Jenkins finished the 2017-18 season as the eighth-highest scoring freshman nationally, and this year sits fourth among sophomores for points in 2018-19. For his career, Jenkins is second among active sophomores with 1,029 points, trailing only RJ Cole (1,258 career points).

    Jenkins is a hot commodity in his second season of collegiate play after 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.

    He 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).

    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.

    Fellow Tacoma native Isaiah Thomas, currently with the Denver Nuggets, had 968 points and 50 double-digit scoring performances through 59 career games at Washington.

    #FearFrost

    • The Jackrabbits saw their 26-game home winning streak come to an end in the nonleague finale Dec. 22. SDSU has held the nation's longest active-home winning streak twice in the last six years. Both streaks were ended by Montana (2013 and 2018).
    • The Jacks own an 99-6 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 10-1 start to the current campaign. That span includes two home winning streaks of 30 or more games and three of 25 or more.
    • Since 2011-12, South Dakota State has won 94.2 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 won 26 consecutive home games from Dec. 31, 2016 to Dec. 22, 2018.
    • 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 won 34 consecutive home nonconference games inside Frost Arena from Dec. 31, 2016 to Dec. 22, 2018. That mark was the fourth-longest active streak when it ended.


    Dynamic Duo
    South Dakota State's Mike Daum and David Jenkins sit fourth and 57th nationally in scoring average entering the week, averaging 44.2 points per game combined. SDSU is one of three schools in NCAA Division I to feature two players in the top 60 in scoring average. The Jackrabbit duo's per game average is the second-highest through Feb. 6, sitting just 0.8 points per game behind Duke's R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson.

    Charity Stripe Success
    The Jackrabbit offense has found a comfort zone at the charity stripe over Otzelberger's tenure as head coach. SDSU led the Summit League in makes, attempts and percentage a year ago, and this season currently are in the nation's top 50 in all makes and percentage while sitting first in the Summit League in makes (370) and attempts (487), and second in percentage (.760).

    • South Dakota State got to the free throw line more than its opponents in 27 of 35 games last year and has done it 15 times this season.
    • Mike Daum opened 2017-18 Summit League play with 35 consecutive free throws, matching the second-longest streak in Jackrabbit history (Garrett Callahan, 2008-09) after setting the record in 2016-17 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 735 of 870 in his career.
    • Daum moved into first in career makes on Dec. 7 against Southern, passing Nate Wolters' record of 648. He is also first in career attempts.


    Somebody's Watching Me
    South Dakota State's Mike Daum had been named to numerous watch lists through his senior season, while David Jenkins earned his first watch list nod in early January.

    • The John R. Wooden,presented by Wendy's announced its Late Season Top 20 Feb. 4 and featured Daum on the list. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list has been narrowed throughout the year from 50 in the preseason, to 25 mid-season, and now the 20-member list of late-season front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor. Daum has been on both pre- and mid-season lists this season and was a pre- and mid-season contender in 2017-18.
    • The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Jackrabbit senior Mike Daum as one of the top 10 candidates for the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Thursday. Named after Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its fifth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men's college basketball. Daum, who was among the preseason favorites, was one of five finalists for the 2018 Karl Malone Award and is a repeat selection to the midseason (top 10) watch list.
    • Daum was named to the 2018-19 Lute Olson Award Midseason and Preseason Lists, announced Jan. 8 and Nov. 12, respectively. The award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player in College Basketball. Incoming freshman and transfers are not eligible for the preseason watch list. The 2019 Lute Olson Award will be presented at the College Insider awards event in April at the site of the men's division I national championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    • The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) featured Mike Daum among 20 NCAA Division I standouts on the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list, announced Dec. 21. The award is presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis.
    • Daum and Jenkins were both featured on the Lou Henson Award Midseason Watch List. The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the nation's top mid-major player in Division I College Basketball at the College Insider awards event in April. Daum was on the preseason list as well.
    • 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 Earns Summit League's Monthly Award
    South Dakota State's Mike Daum was selected as the Summit League's November Male Athlete of the Month, announced Dec. 6 by the league office.

    Daum started eight games and averaged a double-double of 24.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, dishing out 2.1 assists per game as well during November. He shot 50 percent from the field, just shy of 40 percent beyond the arc and hit 40 of 50 at the charity stripe, while posting a nation-leading six double-doubles. Daum also put together six 20-plus point scoring contests and capped the month with a 26-point, 18-rebound outing in a win over Kansas City. The 18 rebounds were one shy of his career-high. He broke the school's all-time career scoring record on Nov. 20 in a 41-point showing against UTSA, and has risen to No. 75 on the NCAA's all-time scoring list.

    This is the fifth time Daum has been named Athlete of the Month by the league, earning the award four times last year.

    One for the History Books
    The Jackrabbits' 139-72 victory over Savannah State on Dec. 11 was filled with historical moments for the SDSU men's basketball program, including:

    • 139 -- Most Points in a Game (previous was 136 against Midland Lutheran; Dec. 14, 1990). This was also the second-most by a Summit League team (Troy had 140 in a 1995 contest).
    • 90 -- Most Points in a Half (previous was 77 against Midland Lutheran; Dec. 14, 1990)
    • 23 -- Made 3-pointers (previous was 18 against Ole Miss; Nov. 27, 2017)
    • 53 -- Made field goals (previous was 51 against Midland Lutheran; Dec. 14, 1991)
    • 87 -- Attempted field goals (previous was 86 against Colorado; Dec. 15, 2017)
    • 13 -- Assists by Tevin King, the most in a single-game during SDSU's Division I era (previous was 12, done twice by Nate Wolters)


    Let It Rain
    South Dakota State's 3-point attack has ranked among the best nationally since T.J. Otzelberger's arrival three years ago. The Jackrabbits are in the top 10 nationally in 3-pointer makes (250) and percentage (.420) while sitting in the top 50 in attempts (595).

    • David Jenkins entered the week ranked 10th nationally in 3-pointers made this season. He also ranks as the 10th-most accurate 3-point shooter at 46.8 percent, just behind Skyler Flatten's mark of 46.9 percent, which ranks ninth in NCAA Division I.
    • The Jackrabbits shattered their previous school record for single-game 3-pointers on Dec. 11 when the team hit 23 against Savannah State.
    • 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).
    • 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 17 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 as a program.
    • 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 47 times since then, hitting 10 or more in 21 games last year and 14 times in 2018-19.
    • Under Otzelberger, the Jackrabbits have attempted 30 or more 3-pointers in a game 18 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.
    • Three Jackrabbits on this year's team rank in the top 10 for career 3-point makes: Mike Daum (No. 2; 253), Skyler Flatten (No. 9; 167) and David Jenkins (T-No. 10; 165). Those same three rank throughout the top five in single-game 3-pointers, with Jenkins (twice) and Flatten joining the rankings this season)


    Quick Hits

    • All five starters reached double figures in scoring against Oral Roberts, marking the first time the Jackrabbits accomplished the feat in 2018-19. SDSU had six players in double figures against Western Illinois earlier in January.
    • The Jackrabbits' 75-47 victory over Kansas City Nov. 28 was the first time since Dec. 19, 2014 (CSU Bakersfield, 53-49) SDSU held an opponent under 50 points. The Jacks followed that game with an 82-50 victory over Northern Iowa on Dec. 1.
    • South Dakota State has posted a double-digit rebounding margin advantage eight times this season, including a plus-25 showing Dec. 11 against Savannah State.
    • Skyler Flatten has reset his career high three times this season performances of 28 (UTSA), 29 (Savannah State) and 36 (Denver). He became the first player in SDSU's Division I history to go 6-for-6 from beyond the arc Nov. 20 against UTSA in a 10-of-11 overall shooting effort, and against Denver buried eight 3-pointers and finished 14-of-18 from the field.
    • South Dakota State has not lost three consecutive games since January 2017.
    • 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 24-3 record when breaking the 70-point barrier on the offensive end. The Jacks are 11-0 when holding opponents under 70 this season (8-6 when not) and have scored 70 or more points in 24 of 25 contests.
    • Since T.J. Otzelberger's arrival three years ago, the Jackrabbits are 50-4 when winning the rebounding battle and 15-26 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.
    • 2018-19 marked the fourth 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, 2015-16 (when the team started a Division I-best 6-0) and 2017-18.
    • At least one Jackrabbit has scored in double figures over the last 367 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 73 games with at least one 1,000-point scorer on the court.
    • State has made at least one 3-pointer in 397 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 7-5 in Summit League openers.


    Jacks Up to 11th in Mid-Major Top 25
    South Dakota State continued its rise in the College Sports Madness Mid-Major Top 25, sitting 11th in the Feb. 4 rankings after climbing five spots to No. 13 in the prior poll.

    The Jackrabbits have been ranked in every poll this year, including a No. 3 position in November.

    2019-19 opponents Montana (No. 18) and Grand Canyon (RV) are also in the poll.

    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)

    Basketball Coaches Show Every Monday
    The Jackrabbit Basketball Coaches Show returns to Cubby's Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Brookings for another season. The hour-long show covering the Jackrabbits' 2018-19 season tips off every Monday at 6 p.m. through March 4.

    Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the weekly look at the South Dakota State basketball teams features interviews with head men's coach T.J. Otzelberger and head women's coach Aaron Johnston, as well as segments with Jackrabbit student-athletes and members of the coaching staff.

    Fans can attend in person and will be eligible for weekly drawings. The show also airs live on flagship radio station WNAX 570 AM and Jackrabbit Sports Network affiliates and can be heard live or on-demand for free via Jackrabbits All-Access.

    Jackrabbits Fifth at Gulf Coast Showcase
    South Dakota State went 2-1 at the 2018 Gulf Coast Showcase to finish fifth at the tournament, picking up wins over UTSA and Colorado State.

    Mike Daum, named to the All-Tournament Team, averaged a near-double-double of 26.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest while shooting over 50 percent from the field in the three games, including a 41-point showing against the Roadrunners. David Jenkins had a 21.7 scoring average and dropped 32 against Colorado State, while Skyler Flatten averaged 16 points and scored a career-high 28 against UTSA, going 6-for-6 from 3-point range.

    Jacks Add Four on Signing Day
    South Dakota State men's basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger announced four additions to the Jackrabbit basketball program as part of November's national signing day. Three incoming freshman and a junior transfer will enroll at SDSU for the 2019-20 season and be eligible to play immediately for the Jackrabbits:

    • Owen Coburn Center/Forward Spirit Lake, Iowa -- Will graduate from Spirit Lake High School (Spirit Lake, Iowa) in May 2019 ... earned Second Team IPSWA Class 3A All-State, 3A IBCA All-Sub State and First Team All-Lakes Conference (unanimous) honors as a junior while averaging 20.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game ... named all-substate and first team all-conference (unanimous) as a sophomore, putting up 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game ... played his freshman season at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School before transferring to Spirit Lake High School ... during his rookie campaign averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per contest and was named All-War Eagle Conference honorable mention.
    • Doug Wilson Forward Des Moines, Iowa -- Will graduate from Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in May 2019 ... 2018 NJCAA Second Team All-American and First Team All-Region selection ... averaged 14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 69.2 percent from the field as a freshman ... helped team to a 24-6 record and regular season ICCAC title in 2017-18 ... graduated from Hoover High School (Des Moines, Iowa) in May 2017.
    • Baylor Scheierman Guard Aurora, Nebraska -- Will graduate in May 2019 from Aurora High School (Aurora, Nebraska) ... First Team All-State (Class B), All-Area and All-Conference selection in 2018 ... averaged 16.1 points, six assists, six rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a junior ... three-time academic honor roll selection (2016-18).
    • Caleb Grill Guard Maize, Kansas -- Will graduate in May 2019 from Maize High School (Maize, Kansas) ... picked First Team All-State (Class 5A) by Topeka Capital Journal, Wichita Eagle and CatchItKansas in 2018 ... named 2018 Third Team All-State (All Classes) by Wichita Eagle ... selected as 2018 All-AVCTL I First Team and Most Valuable Player and picked up All-Metro First Team honors from Wichita Eagle ... averaged 17 points, four rebounds and three assists per game as a junior while leading team to AVCTL DI title.


    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.

    Daum stacks up well against previous Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Award winners over the last 26 years, reaching the 2,000-point mark faster than any previous winner. Daum was named to the 2018-19 Wooden Preseason and Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List earlier this season.

    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 played at Memphis (AAC) and then-No. 7 Nevada (Mountain West) in the nonconference season.

    South Dakota State has seven wins over Power Five programs since joining The Summit League in 2007, picking up victories 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.

    Preseason All-Conference; 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.

    SDSU Last Time Out (Feb. 3)
    DENVER -- Skyler Flatten scored a career-high 36 points, Mike Daum tallied his 15th double-double of the season and the Jackrabbit men's basketball team took down Denver Sunday afternoon, 92-82.

    Flatten hit eight 3-pointers and finished 14-of-18 from the field inside Magness Arena, burying the third-most 3-pointers for a single-game in South Dakota State's Division I history.

    Daum scored 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, moving into the top 15 on the NCAA's all-time scoring chart while passing Mark Tetzlaff to claim SDSU's career rebounding record.

    Tevin King (12 points) and David Jenkins (11 points) rounded out the top Jackrabbit scorers, as King dished four assists and Jenkins hit a trio of 3s.

    Owen King led SDSU with five assists over 20 minutes of action.

    South Dakota State improved to 19-6 on the season and 9-1 in Summit League play, maintaining a 1.5-game lead over Omaha while sitting two games ahead of Purdue Fort Wayne in the league standings.

    Denver (7-16, 2-7 Summit League) was led by David Nzekwesi's 21 points and Ronnie Harrell Jr.'s nine rebounds.

    "I thought our guys did a tremendous job playing for each other and sharing the ball today," head coach T.J. Otzelberger said. "This trip has been great for us with team building and chemistry, and that showed on the court in the game. Any time you go on the road in conference play it's challenging, and to be able to rise to the occasion in two games this week shows a lot about our guys."

    The Jackrabbits and Pioneers traded buckets through the opening five minutes, drawing even five times before a 3-point play gave Denver a brief 13-10 lead at 14:46. That deficit was short-lived for State, however, as Skyler Flatten scored 13 of the next 15 Jackrabbit points (including seven unanswered) as SDSU built a 25-18 lead before the under-eight break.

    The Pioneers cut it to four (25-21) moments later, but the Jacks continued to hit and went up 33-21 over the next four minutes, forcing a Denver timeout at 4:31 after a Jenkins 3-pointer capped an 8-0 Jackrabbit run.

    Ahead 42-31 at the half, South Dakota State used a barrage of 3-pointers over the final 20 points to pull away for good, hitting nine from deep in the second frame.

    Tevin King put the Jacks up 20 (57-37) at 15:31 after a 3-point play began with a highlight reel steal-and-slam, and two minutes later State saw its lead reach a game-high 25 (65-40) as Flatten buried his fifth 3-pointer of the day.

    The Pioneers found their stroke down the stretch and climbed back within 10 inside the final minute, but the Jackrabbits' double-figure advantage held up as SDSU claimed its eighth-straight victory.

    Opponent Last Time Out (Feb. 6)
    GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota State used a 10-0 run with just over six minutes remaining in the game to turn a 56-55 deficit into a 65-56 lead as the visitors held on for a 74-70 win over North Dakota on Wednesday night at the Betty.

    The 297th edition of the in-state rivalry featured 17 lead changes and 11 ties, the most in any game for UND this season, as the Bison (15-14, 6-4 Summit League) captured their first season sweep over the Fighting Hawks (9-15, 3-8 Summit League) since the 1996-97 season.

    Marlon Stewart scored a game-high 22 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out a pair of assists in 36 minutes of action to record his sixth double-digit scoring game in the last seven contests. The junior has also tallied 20-or-more points in three tilts this season, ranking third on the squad in that category.

    Cortez Seales also eclipsed the 20-point mark for the Fighting Hawks, scoring 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting as the senior bumped his average to 18.3 points per game over his last three games. Seales also matched the team best with seven rebounds, marking the third straight contest accomplishing that feat.

    Kienan Walter was the final Fighting Hawk to register in double figures, scoring 12 points, tying the team-best seven rebounds, rejecting one shot, and recording a steal. The junior has scored 10+ points in three consecutive contests for the first time this season and is now averaging 13.3 points per game and five rebounds over that stretch. 

    Four Bison reached double figures in points, led by Vinnie Shahid's 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. NDSU recorded 24 bench points to UND's three as top-scorer Deng Geu finished with 11 points and eight rebounds to top all reserve players. Tyson Ward matched Geu's rebounding performance with eight, while also scoring 12 points for the visitors.

    NDSU finished 26-of-49 (.531) from the field while holding the Fighting Hawks to just 28-of-63 (.444) in the game. UND struggled to make shots fall in the opening 20 minutes, converting only 12-of-33 (.364), before performing much stronger in the second half with a 16-of-30 clip (.533).

    The battle of the boards was tightly contested as both teams finished with 32 rebounds, marking the first time UND has finished the game deadlocked in rebounds. Just three days after finishing -26 in the paint at Omaha, the Hawks dominated with 46 points inside the painted area and allowed just 30 by the Bison.

    Both teams were locked in on defense to begin the contest, surrendering only nine points each through the opening 9:13. Neither side could build a lead larger than five throughout much of the first half, trading runs throughout.

    After NDSU built one of those five-point leads, 30-25, with less than a minute to play in the stanza, Seales capped off a strong first half with a falling-away jumper just before the horn to send the Fighting Hawks to locker room trailing by just three, 30-27.

    The ebbs-and-flows of the game continued right away to begin the second half. After NDSU built its advantage up to seven, its largest of the game at the time, UND answered with nine straight of their own to bring the 2,016 fans to their feet and give the Hawks a 36-34 lead. Billy Brown provided the spark during the spurt, hitting UND's first three of the game as well as a spinning layup to tally five points.

    The lead exchanged hands multiple times again, but a Seales jumper in the paint with 8:57 to play gave the hosts its largest lead of the game, 53-49. From there, however, it started to slip away for the Hawks as the Bison scored 16 of the next 19 points to turn that four-point deficit into a 65-56 lead with just under five minutes to go. Turnovers haunted UND during the stretch, as the 1-3-1 zone defense by the Bison led to a pair of critical giveaways by the Hawks that led the NDSU baskets.

    UND whittled the deficit down to four on a trio of occasions, but the Bison were able to escape Grand Forks with a 74-70 victory on Wednesday night to clinch the regular season sweep.

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