The first game of the 2012-2013 season for South Dakota State basketball will be in Tuscaloosa on November 9 against Alabama. With that first step, the Jackrabbits look to match last season's run. They keep a group that played 82% of last season's minutes and will look to make up the rest with the contributions of seven incoming freshmen.
The South Dakota State offense will suffer from a 29.9% drop in three-point shooting, the largest gap that the team will need to fill. After that comes steals, where they drop 22.4%.
South Dakota State finished last season with an overall record of 24-7 and placed 2nd in the Summit League regular season with a conference record of 15-3. They then went to the NCAA Tournament as a #14 seed, losing in the second round to Baylor, 68-60. South Dakota State lost last year's senior Griffan Callahan (29 minutes per game). The Jackrabbits will also have to get by without Zach Monaghan (7 MPG), who left the team.
The Jackrabbits welcome back senior Nate Wolters (21.2 points/game), junior Brayden Carlson (2.5 assists/game), junior Chad White (9.3 points/game), junior Jordan Dykstra (11.3 points/game), and senior Tony Fiegen (7.0 points/game).
Incoming freshmen joining the Jackrabbits include 6-1 Cory Jacobsen, 6-1 Joey Feilmeier, 6-6 Matt Donlan, 6-4 Jake Bittle, 6-2 Joshua White, and 6-4 Ruben Silva. The first Summit League game for South Dakota State is against Nebraska-Omaha on December 1st.
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- Since 2007, South Dakota State has an overall winning percentage of 51.2%.
- The Jackrabbits have an average conference finish of 5.6 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 7 the team has an average finish of 5.7.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 178.4.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is New Mexico (#28).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is South Dakota (#288).
- The last time South Dakota State returned more than 84% of the team's statistical production was 2009-2010.
, Zach Monaghan
, Nate Wolters
, Brayden Carlson
, Chad White
, Jordan Dykstra
, Tony Fiegen
, Cory Jacobsen
, Joey Feilmeier
, Matt Donlan
, Jake Bittle
, Joshua White
, Ruben Silva
, Connor Devine