THURSDAY, MARCH 21:
Basketball: South Dakota State vs. Michigan @ Auburn Hills, MI, 6:15pm (Live on Ranch AM910 @ 5:45)
Wrestling: NCAA Division I Championships @ Des Moines, IA
BEILEIN-WOLTERS…Michigan coach John Beilein already has the Big Ten Conference player of the year in guard Trey Burke. He’s still concerned about SDSU’s Nate Wolters.
The Wolverines face SDSU Thursday night to open the NCAA South Regional tournament in Auburn Hills, MI. Beilein says Wolters will be tough to handle. 97628 :20 “of good things”.
Guard Trey Burke says the Wolverines have to avoid a slow start. 97634 :06 “care of itself”
The Jacks are the thirteen-seed in the tournament, while Michigan is number four. The winner will play Saturday against the Akron-VCU winner.
SDSU WBB…The SDSU women’s basketball team will face South Carolina Saturday afternoon to open the NCAA Norfork Regional tournament. Tip-off in Boulder, CO is at 3:10pm, Central Time.
Guard Ashley Eide says the Gamecocks prefer a higher-pressure, up-tempo style. She says SDSU’s better suited this season to handle that. 97629 :21 “of in stride”.
Head coach Aaron Johnston says South Carolina isn’t the greatest shooting team from outside, but pounds the offensive boards. 97630 :26 “all fairly consistent”.
Senior Katie Lingle says the Jackrabbits aren’t satisfied just making the tournament: 97631 :15 “get a ‘W’”.
The winner advances to play Monday night in Boulder.
SDSU WBB ACADEMIC…South Dakota State University's Ashley Eide and Megan Waytashek have been named to the Academic All-Summit League Women's Basketball Team as voted on by the nine member institution's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors.
Eide and Waytashek were two of the five players selected to the elite honor squad, and were joined by Omaha's Paige Frauendorfer, Fort Wayne's Amanda Hyde and Kansas City's Eilise O'Connor
Eide carries a 3.97 grade-point average while majoring in health, physical education and recreation. She currently leads the Jackrabbits with an average of 13.9 points per game, while also averaging 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Waytashek has posted a 3.96 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. She ranks second on the squad with 13.8 points per game.
SDSU BASEBALL…The baseball game scheduled for Wednesday between South Dakota State and Creighton has been postponed due to cold weather and unfavorable field conditions. The game has been tentatively rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 8 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
SDSU, 10-7 overall, is now scheduled to return to action next Wednesday (March 27) with a matchup against Minnesota. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. at the Metrodome.
PACK ALL-CONFERENCE… South Dakota State wrestler Cody Pack earned All-Western Wrestling Conference recognition for his regional tourney performance.
By way of his runner-up finish at 157 pounds, Pack was named Second Team All-WWC. Individuals earned spots on the first, second and third teams based on their finishes at the West Regional on March 9 in Laramie, Wyo.
Pack was one of 19 first-time honorees.
BLIZZARD…The Brookings Blizzard host Minot Friday night at 7:05 – then will visit Minot Saturday – in a key NAHL Central Division series.
Brookings swept Coulee Region last weekend – head coach Cory Laylin says that lifted the team’s confidence. 97632 :22 “things can happen”.
Laylin says Minot’s a hard-working team, but they’re struggling to stay ahead of Aberdeen in the race for the division’s final playoff spot. 97633 :16 “to their level”.
Laylin says Minot can induce penalties on their opponent – he says the Blizzard has to play with discipline, and stay out of the penalty box.