Tennis: South Dakota State men @ Kansas City
Equestrian: South Dakota State, Fresno State, New Mexico State @ Tennessee-Martin
Hockey: Minot Minotaurs @ Brookings Blizzard, 7:05pm
SATURDAY, MARCH 23:
Basketball: South Dakota State women vs. South Carolina @ Boulder, CO (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 2:40)
Tennis: South Dakota State men @ IUPUI
Equestrian: South Dakota State @ Tennesee-Martin
Hockey: Brookings Blizzard @ Minot Minotaurs
SUNDAY, MARCH 24:
No Events Scheduled
MONDAY, MARCH 25:
Golf: South Dakota State men, women @ Cal-Bakersfield Open
Track: Dan Lennon Invitational, DakotaDome, Vermillion
SDSU MBB…Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan to a 71-56 NCAA tournament win over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and picked up some of the slack for Trey Burke, who was held in single digits for the first time all season. The Jacks trailed by four at halftime – assistant coach Rob Klinkenfus told the Jackrabbit Sports Network the team felt good at that point. 97621 :20 “on the board”.
Brayden Carlson had 20 points for the Jackrabbits, but only four after halftime. Klinkenfus says Carlson played the most aggressive game he’s seen. 97622 :17 “like this game”.
Burke is a national player of the year candidate, and Wolters is one of the country's top scorers, but the much-anticipated matchup of talented point guards never really lived up to the hype. Burke scored only two points in the first half, and Wolters had only four.
Carlson kept the Jackrabbits in the game, and Hardaway picked up the slack for the Wolverines with 12 first-half points, all on 3-pointers.
South Dakota State used only six players, with four going 40 minutes. Klinkenfus says SDSU’s developing a culture. 97623 :15 “tournament first round”.
SDSU assistant coach Rob Klinkenfus.
USD WBB…The USD women moved on to the WBI quarterfinals with a 77-69 win Thursday over Utah State. The win avenges a 70-69 setback in December. USD will now travel to Beaumont, TX Sunday for a 3:00pm tipoff.
Nicole Seekamp scored a career-high 33 points in the win. It was the most scored points by a Coyote since 2004 and tied the 12th-highest single game point total in program history. Head coach Amy Williams, on Coyote Sports Network, says Seekamp played a gritty game: 97637 :17 “made tremendous plays”.
Williams says Tempestt Wilson played a solid defensive game. 97638 :15 “difficult for her”.
Williams says everyone chipped in something to the win. 97639 :15 “just really proud”.
USD women’s basketball coach Amy Williams.
WBB COACHING…Coaching stability has helped several mid-major women's basketball programs make going to the NCAA tournament almost an annual tradition.
Schools such as Marist and Liberty often keep their staffs intact and run the same system each year. While they can't recruit a Brittney Griner or Skylar Diggins, they recruit players who fit their systems — and who run them effectively.
Marist is making its eighth straight appearance. Liberty is making its 15th trip in the last 17 seasons, while Gonzaga is making its fifth straight appearance. Middle Tennessee is back for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Chattanooga earned its ninth bid in the last 13 years.
And these schools are not just happy to there. They occasionally do some damage.
PACK ELIMINATED…South Dakota State wrestler Cody Pack was eliminated 3-0 in his wrestleback match on Thursday night.
Pack finished the championships 0-2 in the 157-pound weight class.
Pack opened against the No. 12 seed Jedd Moore of Virginia. Moore scored a takedown early in the third period and rode out the match for a 6-0 win.
In the consolation bracket, Cody Pack wrestled Tommy Churchard (Purdue). Churchard scored a takedown near the end of the second minute and rode out the remainder of the first period. Pack entered the third period with a 3-0 deficit. The two started neutral in the third, but neither wrestler found the scoreboard.
SDSU TRACK…The next few weeks will look a bit different for the men's and women's track and field teams, in light of adjustments made to the schedule.
A small contingent of six athletes – Trent Lusignan, Joel Reichow, Kipp Kinsley, Cheyanne Bowers, Jenna Grossenburg and Courtney Neubert will run in the 5000 meters at the Missouri Relays on Friday evening.
Next weekend the Jackrabbits will split between the Razorback Spring Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and the Wayne State Invitational in Wayne, Neb. on March 30th. The Jacks also will have Tera Potts competing in the steeplechase at the prestigious Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Erin Hargens, Michael Krsnak and Lusignan will compete at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday March 29th.
During the outdoor campaign, athletes can advance to the first round of the NCAA Championships by being one the top 48 performers in the region. The NCAA is split into two regions, with SDSU being in the west region. The western portion of the NCAA Championship First Round in is May 24-26th in Austin, Texas.
On April 6th the Jacks are scheduled to host North Dakota, South Dakota and Omaha for a meet that will be scored as a separate duals.
BLIZZARD COMMITS…Two members of the NAHL’s Brookings Blizzard recently committed to Division I programs.
Cody Marooney says he’s heading to Alabama-Huntsville, a relatively new program that’s been struggling as of late. 97635 :28 “in your game”.
Marooney says hockey’s apparently big on campus – the competition arena seats eight-thousand fans.
Aiden Cavallini’s heading to the Wisconsin Badgers – which he says is a dream come true. 97636 :27 “above junior hockey”.
Cavallini says Division III programs in Wisconsin had been calling, but was shocked when the Badgers made contact. He expects the program’s popularity to grow when the Big Ten Conference begins play next year.
Marooney has six goals and 16 assists in 33 games – he spent part of the season with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Cavallini has 11 goals and 10 assists in 30 games.
BLIZZARD AWARDS…The Brookings Blizzard held their awards banquet Sunday – recognizing players, coaches, volunteers, employees, billet families, and parents. The following awards were voted upon by the players:
Defensive Player of the Year: Drew Brevig, who recorded 32 points with 9 goals and 23 assists in 49 games with the Blizzard.
Offensive Player of the Year: Thomas Williams, who played in all 56 games for the Blizzard this season and is tied for the lead in points with 49. With 27 goals he leads the team and is tied for fifth on the team in assists with 22.
Rookie of the Year: Conor Andrle. In 30 games this season with the Blizzard Andrle has recorded 17 points with 6 goals and 11 assists.
Most Improved Player: Justin Moody. In 51 games for the Blizzard this season Moody is tied for first on the team in points with 49, leads the team in assists with 33, and is third on the team in goals with 16.
Unsung Hero: Derek Sand has played in all 56 games for the Blizzard this season. He has 9 points on the year and scored an important goal in a 5-4 victory over Austin on December 14th.
Blizzard Award: Williams was recognized for his outstanding play, and his leadership on and off the ice. His teammates honored him for his dedication, work ethic, and commitment to community service.