Ohio State, as a 5-seed, will open their NCAA Tournament play on Thursday in Boise, Idaho against 12-seed South Dakota State. OSU has opened as a 7.5-point favorite.
The Jackrabbits have a 28-6 record on the season and won both the Summit League regular season title (13-1) and tournament championship.
This is SDSU’s third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and their fourth appearance all-time.
They have yet to win a tournament game.
What else should you know about the Jackrabbits?
Here’s a few items of interest.
+ Save for outstanding 6-foot-9 forward Mike Daum, South Dakota State is a guard-oriented program. They generally start four guards along with Daum. Daum is the back-to-back winner of the Summit League’s Player of the Year award.
+ Here is the full statistical overview.
+ Mike Daum has scored 30 or more points in 12 games this season. His season high is 37, which he’s done twice.
+ Daum led the Summit with 91 three-pointers made. He also led the conference with a .421 mark from three-point territory. Daum also leads in total rebounds and defensive rebounds.
+ The Jackrabbits have two of the top six scorers in the Summit. Daum is first at 23.8 ppg, and freshman guard David Jenkins Jr. is sixth at 16.1 ppg.
+ Guards Brandon Key (3.3) and Tevin King (3.0) are both in the top eight in assists in the Summit League.
+ SDSU has played two ranked opponents this season — No. 4 Kansas defeated them 98-64 and No. 6 Wichita State defeated them 95-85.
+ The Jackrabbits do have two wins over Power 5 wins, with a 99-97 OT win at Ole Miss and an 80-72 win over Iowa.
+ Iowa is a common opponent for both SDSU and Ohio State. The Jackrabbits defeated Iowa 80-72, while OSU won their two games over the Hawkeyes with scores of 92-81 and 82-64, respectively.
+ Freshman guard David Jenkins Jr. has scored a season-high 31 points twice this season. In his last two games, he has scored 24 and 29 points, respectively.
+ Senior guard Reed Tellinghausen (6-6 175) scored over 20 points twice this season, and scored a career-high 28 points last season as a junior.
+ Junior guard Tevin King has just five turnovers over his last four games. Junior guard Brandon Key has just seven turnovers in his last nine games. Key hasn’t turned the ball over more than twice in a game over his last 22 outings.
[David Jenkins photo courtesy GoJacks.com]