February 10, 2011

Game Preview, Game 26: South Dakota State, Part Deux

Student On Sports is back with another game preview! This time, IUPUI begins their Dakota swing with a game at South Dakota inside Frost Arena. You bet SDST is going to bring the heat with their fans and students, trying to salvage a decent seed after a very disappointing mid-portion to their Summit League campaign. It will be a tough task, but the boys should be up to it! Let's get lookin'!

Team Info

South Dakota State 15-9 (7-6)

Location: Macomb, IL
Mascot: Fighting Leatherneck
Conference: Summit League
BBState Rank: 184
RPI: 222
SOS: 325
Streak: W-1
Last 10: 5-5
Home: 8-5
Road: 7-4
Points For: 81.6
Points Against: 71.5
Head Coach: Scott Nagy (Since 1996)
Home Court: Frost Arena; 6,500
Football: Yes (FCS)
Type: Public
Affiliation: None
Founded: 1881
School Colors: Blue, Yellow
Student Population: 8,306 (Undergrad, full-time)

IUPUI 15-10 (9-3)

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Mascot: Jaguars
Conference: Summit League
BBState Rank: 110
RPI: 88
SOS: 110
Streak: W-4
Last 10: 8-2
Home: 8-1
Road: 5-7
Points For: 70.3
Points Against: 67.7
Head Coach: Ron Hunter (Since 1994)
Home Court: The Jungle; 1,215
Football: No
Type: Public
Affiliation: None
Founded: 1969
School Colors: Red, Gold
Student Population: 14,693 (Undergrad, full-time)

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Last Time Out

Video Highlights

SDST @ IUPUI 01/15/11, IUPUI Win (81-76)


Key Matchup

Alex Young
Nate Wolters
Though they may not match up on every possession, these two guys are absolutely key in the success or failure of each team. Both lead their teams in scoring, as well as several other statistics respectively. Each will have to push their team to victory in Brookings.


Keys To The Game

1) Don't Allow A Bunch Of Superhoops.
SDST loves shooting the ball from behind the arc every chance they get. The downfall of the Jaguars this year is teams hitting a ton of these shots without being equally matched by the dribble-penetration-loving Jaguars. They've got to keep the Jacks from hitting a lot of these shots and staying in the game late.

2) Drive The Ball Inside.
As IUPUI has been successful, they've done so inside. Since (and including) the last SDST game, IUPUI has shot over 52% from inside the arc in wins (5), but in their loss to UMKC they hit 46%. All six major time-earners can finish up and around anyone in the League, but it will be interesting to see how often they try. But they should...A lot.

3) Win.
SDST is one of two major, must-win games left on the schedule. Of course winning all of them would be the best option, however the teams that are closest to the Jags in the standings are absolutely necessary to maintaining the second seed for a second straight year.

4) 45% FG; 85% FT; 38% 3P.

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