March Madness is in full swing and IUPUI and South Dakota State are hours away from their tournament match-up. The Jaguars arrived to Sioux Falls late Thursday around 1 am local time. The late arrival didn’t bother the players as they were up early for breakfast and excited for the opportunity March presents. Team practices during the tournament are monitored and set to a time limit. The Jags wanted to practice a little bit longer today so they headed over to the University of Sioux Falls to get up some shots and work for a little less than two hours. Here is some video from the day and some thoughts from Seniors Stephen Thomas and Alex Young. I wish I could put the videos right onto the page, but the best that I can do is send you the links.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JbBUHyHns1c (Arriving at University of Sioux Falls and some words from HC Todd Howard)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUnPLOrH2kIscFFVgyfL49jA&feature=player_detailpage&v=noqDeFwbErE (From the pregame huddle to the first few moments of practice)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Gn34vzPELsU (Senior Stephen Thomas speaks right after practice)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Y0mKB2e5Y&feature=player_detailpage (1st team All-Summit Alex Young on the night before tournament play)
Again, I wish you could just click and view, but take a look at the different videos hopefully it gives you an idea how loose and free this team is as they prepare for the Summit League tournament.
NEWS AND NOTES:
IUPUI is 16-11 all-time in the Summit League tournament winning the championship in 2003. The 16 wins is tied with Oral Roberts for the most in tournament history.
South Dakota State guard Jr. guard Nate Wolters is averaging 21.2 points per game (2nd in Summit) 5 rebounds and 6.1 assists (tops in Summit). He is the ONLY player in college basketball averaging 20/5/6 and if the numbers stick he will be only the 5th player to reach those numbers in NCAA history.
SDSU will have the edge in crowd support tonight. The Jackrabbits home arena is only 59 miles from Sioux Falls. The Jungle is 744 miles from the Falls.
Jaguars sophomore and all-newcomer choice Ian Chiles is averaging 16 points per game over his last games. Chiles has scored 31 points making 12-21 shots in two games this season vs. SDSU.
5th year senior Christian Siakam is shooting 63% over his last 9 games and the Jaguar is averaging 13.4 ppg over that stretch.
Thomas has scored 24 points and handed out 9 assists in two games vs. SDSU.
Last Saturday SDSU sophomore Jordan Dykstra went 4-4 from three in the 1st half and has made 13 of his last 16 from beyond the arc. The 6’8″ Dykstra was the top three point shooter in the league hitting 49% of his shots.
Jacks big man Tony Fiegen (rhymes with vegan) has scored in double-figures in only 2 of his last 12 games. That includes his 11 point performance last Saturday vs. IUPUI.
All-time series: IUPUI is 6-4 vs. SDSU, but has lost three straight including two losses this season.
First meeting December 1st at Indianapolis: SDSU 97 IUPUI 93 in overtime
–The Jacks scored 44 1st half points and the Jaguars scored 54 second half points. Wolters scored 32 with 8 boards and 8 assists. Griffan Callahan scored 20 points making 4 of the 14 three’s SDSU hit against the Jags defense. Six Jaguars scored double-figures led by Alex Young and his 28 points. Siakam had a double-double for IUPUI.
Second meeting February 25 at Brookings: SDSU 75 IUPUI 64
–The Jaguars built a 13 point first half lead, but the Jacks closed the half on a 28 to 13 run to grab the lead and never trail again. Four Jacks hit double-figures led by Dykstra’s 20 points and 6 rebounds. The Jacks bench outscored the Jags 19-8 and only 14 of IUPUI’s 64 points came in the paint. Ian Chiles scored 17 to lead IUPUI.
Third meeting March 3 in Sioux Falls: ?
–listen to IUPUI basketball tonight beginning at 9:15 EST on 1260 WNDE.