GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota wraps up a three-game road trip on Wednesday with a familiar foe in South Dakota State. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. CT and the game will be the first of six appearances for UND on the Midco Sports Network.
UND VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE SERIES
UND VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE SERIES
All-time: UND leads 106-78
in Brookings: SDSU leads 52-35
UND Head Coach Brian Jones vs. South Dakota State: 1-1
SDSU Head Coach Scott Nagy vs. UND: 17-6
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN/TRACK
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Television: Midco Sports Network (Channel 27, 623 (HD))
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IN THE PAINT...
• North Dakota wraps up a three-game road trip on Wednesday with a familiar foe in South Dakota State. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. CT and the game will be the first of six appearances for UND on the Midco Sports Network.
• The Jackrabbits and UND have met 184 times before on the hardwood, but last year’s home-and-home series marked the first meetings between the two teams since 2004.
• The teams split those two contests a year ago, but the Jacks have dominated the rivalry since Scott Nagy took over at SDSU in 1995. He owns a 17-6 all-time record vs. UND, while his counterpart Brian Jones received his first taste of the rivalry last season.
• The two contests last season were polar opposites in terms of point differential (57 total). The Jacks blasted UND at home by 38 only to lose by 19 in Grand Forks just five days later.
• Junior Troy Huff was the only UND player to score in double figures in both of those contests against SDSU, netting 13 in the loss and 12 at the home victory. Unfortunately, Huff won’t get a chance to score this time around as he continues to sit out with a jaw injury. He is expected to miss at least another week of action.
• Classmate Jamal Webb averaged 10.5 ppg against the Jacks a year ago, doing most of that damage in the home contest as he had 17 points and five assists.
• UND will have eight days to regroup from a trip to Hawaii that resulted in a 71-66 loss to the Rainbow Warriors.
• Juniors Aaron Anderson, who had 14 second-half points, and Josh Schuler led a frantic comeback attempt in Honolulu, but UH was able to fend off the rally and post the five-point victory. The Rainbow Warriors led by as many as 23 in the first half and 15 at halftime.
• The visitors were able to close within three and had a trio of possessions in the final two minutes with a chance to tie, but a turnover and a couple of missed 3-pointers allowed UH to finish its season-opening homestand at 4-1.
• Schuler and Anderson each scored 17 points to pace UND. For Schuler, his point total was the highest since scoring 21 at Air Force as a freshman in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
• Anderson has now led or shared the scoring lead in three straight games. He is averaging 15.7 ppg over the last three games since Huff - the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons - went down.
• Senior Mitch Wilmer received just his the fourth start of his career and first since a non-conference game at Western Illinois (Dec. 22) last season.
• Wilmer played a career-high 23 minutes, scoring seven points and equaling his career-high with three blocks. He also added four rebounds. The scoring output was the second highest of his career as he only bettered this performance with 10 points at NDSU as a freshman.
• Webb returned to the starting lineup and posted season-highs with nine points, nine rebounds and six assists against the Rainbow Warriors.
• Junior Brandon Brekke came off the pine for just the third time in his last 54 outings, but had season-highs in points (10), rebounds (7) and minutes played (25).
• Senior Jordan Allard started his fourth straight game of the season and has surpassed his career starts coming into the season. The Fargo native leads all active players with 95 career appearances.
• Texas Tech transfer Jaron Nash had his waiver to play immediately due to a family medical hardship denied by the NCAA and will sit out this season before being eligible to play as a senior during the 2013-14. UND has appealed the ruling.
• Jones has four starters back and six of his top seven scorers from his 2012 Great West Conference Tournament championship team. The seventh-year head coach will have to replace second team All-Great West performer Patrick Mitchell, who averaged 10.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg during his final season with the program.
• The 2011-12 squad posted a 17-15 record and earned an automatic berth to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament for the second consecutive season. UND lost at Drake, 70-64, in the opening round of postseason play.
• The 2012-13 season will mark the first one for the team in the Big Sky and first chance at an NCAA Tournament automatic bid. UND wrapped up its five-year transition to Division I and three-year run in the Great West last season.
• UND split its four contests against Big Sky opponents in 2011-12. The Green and White defeated eventual regular season and tournament champion Montana 88-81 in overtime at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND also split a home-and-home series with Idaho State and lost at Sacramento State (75-64) after leading the Hornets by six at halftime.
• The 2011-12 season was the last for the UND men’s basketball team to compete under the Fighting Sioux nickname. The longtime nickname was retired this past summer and all University athletic teams will go by the University of North Dakota, North Dakota or UND until Jan. 1, 2015.
REDSHIRTING, SITTING OUT
The North Dakota men’s basketball roster currently has two players sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules and two players that are redshirting. Houston Baptist transfer Dustin Hobaugh will be eligible to play in 2013-14 after sitting out this season, while junior Jaron Nash is still seeking immediate eligibility. The Texas Tech transfer’s case is still under review by the NCAA. Freshman Thomas Blake and junior Ryan Salmonson are both taking redshirt seasons and will not see game action. Blake is a walk-on from Maryland, while Salmon is a JUCO-transfer from California.
ONCE UPON A NOVEMBER
The North Dakota men’s basketball team won its lone November home game by routing Crown College 87-51 on Wednesday. December will provide many more opportunities, however, for the home fans to cheer on the Green and White. UND will play four of its six December games at the BESC.
Seven teams on UND’s 2011-12 docket advanced to postseason tournaments, including four to the NCAA Tournament (Kansas, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota State). UND beat two of those teams at home (Montana and South Dakota State). North Dakota State and Western Illinois both made the CBI Invitational, while GWC foe Utah Valley earned an at-large bid to join UND in the CIT Tournament. The schedule does not get any easier in 2012-13, as UND’s slate has seven more teams on it that advanced to postseason tournaments. Kansas State advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Northern Iowa made the second round of the NIT. Both Montana and South Dakota State lost their first games in the NCAA Tournament. Bowling Green and Weber State joined UND in the CIT Postseason Tournament, while NDSU lost in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.
UND, which had only overcome a halftime deficit to win once during the regular season, rallied from such deficits in both 2012 GWC Tournament wins. UND trailed by as many as 14 to No. 3 seed Texas-Pan American before storming back to post a 63-59 victory. And, against the fourthseeded Highlanders in the championship game, UND trailed by two before outscoring NJIT 48-31 after the break.
UND’s quintet of Aaron Anderson, Brandon Brekke, Troy Huff , Josh Schuler and Jamal Webb produced 65.4 percent of UND’s points in 2010-11, which was tops among any freshman class in the country. As sophomores, that unit upped that number to 70.9 percent of the team’s scoring (1,526 of 2,153). However, that sophomore unit had company at the top of the national charts. The Memphis sophomores, a unit UND edged out last season (63.9 percent as freshmen), produced 73.6 percent (1,923 of 2,614) and North Dakota State’s sophomores concluded the Bison season scoring 71.3 percent (1,564 of 2,194) of their team’s points. So far, the 2012-13 juniors have accounted for 67.0 percent of the team’s scoring through four games. The quintet has added a sixth player in JUCO-transfer Alonzo Traylor.
Junior Brandon Brekke was one of the top field goal shooters at the NCAA Division I level last season, making 68.2 percent of his shots (116-for-170). Brekke did not have enough makes (five per game required) to qualify in the national rankings (Missouri’s Ricardo Ratliff led the country at 69.3), but he did lead the Great West Conference in both regular season and league games. Through four games this season, Brekke is shooting 54.5 percent from the field (12-for-22).
OPPONENT PREVIEW: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
• Head coach Scott Nagy is entering his 18th season at the helm of a South Dakota State program he took over as a 29-year-old back before the 1995-96.
• Nagy and senior point guard Nate Wolters guided the Jacks to the 2012 NCAA Tournament a season ago. The team won the Summit League Tournament title to earn the berth and finished a 27-8 season with a 68-60 loss to Baylor in the opening round.
• The trip was the first for SDSU as a Division I member and 25th overall - team won the 1963 Division II National Championship.
• Wolters averaged 21.2 ppg a season ago and is already averaging 22.0 ppg through six contests this season. He is shooting over 50 percent from 3-point land (12-for-23; 52.2 percent) and is also averaging 6.3 assists per game.
• Wolters averaged 20.0 ppg in the two contests against UND last season, scoring 24 in the road loss and 16 in the home win.
• Forward Jordan Dykstra is the only other Jack averaging in double figures in the early going this season. Dykstra is scoring at a 10.2 ppg clip and leads the team in rebounding (6.7/g). He averaged 9.5 ppg vs. UND last season.
• The Jacks have only lost twice this season with both of those setbacks coming by three points. They dropped the season-opener at Alabama on a buzzer-beating, 3-pointer by the Crimson Tide.
• Last season’s 89-70 loss to UND snapped a four-game winning streak in the series for SDSU. The Jacks also had an eight-game winning streak from 1997-99, but the longest winning streak in the series that dates back to 1917 belongs to UND at 19 (1930-39).