In their last outing, despite 26 points and 5 rebounds from Nate Wolters, the Jackrabbits fell to South Dakota 74-71 on January 5th. He leads the team in points with 20.7 per game, assists with 5.9 per game, and steals with 1.6 per game. For the Golden Grizzlies, Drew Valentine finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds in the 65-45 loss to Alabama on January 5th. He is averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Oakland performs well in free throw rate at 42.5. This ranks 2nd in the conference and 33rd in the country.
- South Dakota State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on South Dakota State is 212 lbs compared to 205 lbs for Oakland.
- Nate Wolters is ranked 11th nationally in points, 32nd nationally in assists, and 10th in the Summit League in steals.
- The South Dakota State blocks leader (Jordan Dykstra) has more blocks than the Oakland blocks leader (Corey Petros).
- Marcus Heemstra is ranked 9th in the Summit League in blocks.
- The South Dakota State assist leader (Nate Wolters) has more assists than the Oakland assist leader (Duke Mondy).
- Tony Fiegen is ranked 6th in the Summit League in rebounds.
- Jordan Dykstra is ranked 8th in the Summit League in points, 5th in the Summit League in rebounds, 7th in the Summit League in three-pointers, and 8th in the Summit League in blocks.
- Even computers respect South Dakota State more. We have a better RPI this season than Oakland (RPI: #87 vs #116).
- It's only wins and losses, but South Dakota State has a better overall record than Oakland this season (10-5 vs 6-9).
- South Dakota State players are more experienced than Oakland players (13,246 minutes played vs 11,274 minutes played).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? South Dakota State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (985 to 970) than Oakland, per the NCAA.