|UMKC||E Tyler 11.3||F Chatmon 7.6||E Tyler 3.1|
|South Dakota State||N Wolters 20.9||J Dykstra 7.1||N Wolters 5.6|
On Saturday, South Dakota State welcomes Missouri-Kansas City at Frost Arena. The game gets underway at 5:05 EST and it can be seen on FCS or Midco Sports Net. The Jackrabbits beat the Kangaroos 77-61 on January 3rd and are 7-2 against them over the last four years.
South Dakota State is 1st in the Summit League and Missouri-Kansas City is in 7th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
The Jackrabbits got past South Dakota 67-54 on January 31st with the help of 19 points and 7 rebounds from Nate Wolters. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 20.9 points per game, 5.6 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game. The Kangaroos were defeated by North Dakota State 71-34 on January 31st despite 7 points and 6 rebounds from Brad Reid. He contributes 3.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 3.2 points per game.
There are two key statistical areas where South Dakota State has an advantage. With the edge in assists (14 per game to nine per game), the Jackrabbits should find themselves in a good position on offense. South Dakota State also has an advantage in scoring, 72 points per game to 61 points per game.
Missouri-Kansas City StatSmack
- Brookings isn't as congested as Kansas City (population is significantly lower).
- The South Dakota State assist leader (Nate Wolters) has more assists than the Missouri-Kansas City assist leader (Estan Tyler).
- The South Dakota State scoring leader (Nate Wolters) has more points than the Missouri-Kansas City scoring leader (Thomas Staton).
- Boom! South Dakota State humiliated Missouri-Kansas City by 16 points the last time they played (Jan 03, 2013).
- South Dakota State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (58.94% to 35.42%).
- At least you keep showing up. South Dakota State has an average margin of victory of 14 over Missouri-Kansas City in 9 wins since 2004.
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. South Dakota State has a stronger schedule than Missouri-Kansas City this season (SOS Rank: #137 vs #179).
- South Dakota State players are more experienced than Missouri-Kansas City players (14,646 minutes played vs 10,109 minutes played).
- South Dakota State can actually jump, with more rebounds (34.2 per game vs 31.0 per game) than Missouri-Kansas City this season.
- You get an A for effort, but South Dakota State has emerged victorious against Missouri-Kansas City the last 3 times they've played.
- South Dakota State is better at defending the three (35.0% allowed vs 41.6% allowed) than Missouri-Kansas City this season.