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South Dakota State Jackrabbits – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

South Dakota State Jackrabbits – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017


South Dakota State Jackrabbits (Overall: 18-16, Conf: 8-8)


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Team Strengths:

This will be the Jackrabbits’ second-straight appearance in the tourney and fourth time in eight years as a major school in the NCAA. Last season, they were manhandled by Maryland in the opening half, and it ultimately caused them to fall short despite giving a good run in the crucial parts of the game.

The invite to the dance was once again due to a big lift from Mike Daum, winner of this season’s Summit Player of the Year plum. He’s the Jacks’ entire offense, as he puts up 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.3 threes per contest on 51.6 percent shooting. As well-skilled stretch four, he should be a threat to defenders from everywhere.

Daum’s scoring ability and the team’s efficiency from the foul line – 77.6 percent, ninth in the nation – are the two things that South Dakota State are dangerous of.

Team Weaknesses:

Probably everything. It seems like they can’t do anything effectively besides feeding the ball to Mike Daum and hitting well from the charity stripe. The Jacks are ranked all the way down to the top 300s in allowed points, field goals, threes, and assists. To top it all off nicely, they are also pretty careless with the ball.

Frankly, this team’s weaknesses can make one wonder how they managed to finish with a winning record.

Team Stats:

CATEGORY STAT NCAA RANK
Points 77.6 76th
Rebounds 35.0 119th
Assists  13.2 133rd
Field goal percentage 45.9 94th
Three-point percentage 36.3 119th
Free throw percentage 77.6 9th
Turnovers  12.9 250th

Starting Lineup:

POSTION PLAYER PPG
F Mike Daum  25.3
F Reed Tellinghuisen  11.9
G Chris Howell  7.7
G AJ Hess  9.8
G Michael Orris  8.3

Writer’s Prediction:

The Jacks lose in the opening round.

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