IUPUI vs. South Dakota State: Full Game Preview

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IUPUI vs. South Dakota State: Full Game Preview
IUPUI
(6-20, 1-12 away)
South Dakota State
(19-7, 12-0 home)
Venue: Frost Arena
8:05PM ET / 5:05PM PT, February 14, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
IUPUI J Hart 14.2 D Gibbs 6.3 G Rice 3.7
South Dakota State N Wolters 22.8 J Dykstra 7.2 N Wolters 5.5

On Thursday, South Dakota State plays host to IUPUI at Frost Arena. Tipoff is at 8:05 p.m. EST and it can be seen on FCS or Midco Sports Net. The Jackrabbits beat the Jaguars 80-65 on Jan. 19 and are 6-4 against them over the last four years.

IUPUI is in ninth place in the conference and South Dakota State is in second place.

The Jackrabbits fell 88-83 to Oakland on Feb. 9. Nate Wolters finished with 36 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 22.8 points per game, 5.5 assists per game, and 1.7 steals per game. For the Jaguars, Sean Esposito finished with 23 points in the 85-78 loss to Nebraska-Omaha on Feb. 9. He contributes 2.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.8 points per game.

There is a single key statistical area where South Dakota State can exploit IUPUI, rebounding, where the Jackrabbits have an edge over the Jaguars, 34 per game to 28 per game.

IUPUI StatSmack

  • The South Dakota State assist leader (Nate Wolters, 133 assists) has more assists than the IUPUI assist leader (Greg Rice, 96 assists).
  • South Dakota State has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than IUPUI this season (Projected SOS Rank: No. 172 vs. No. 190).
  • South Dakota State is ranked higher than IUPUI in the Summit League (No. 2 vs. No. 9).
  • Even computers respect South Dakota State more. South Dakota State has a better RPI this season than IUPUI (RPI: No. 69 vs. No. 306).
  • South Dakota State has an average margin of victory of 13 over IUPUI in six wins since 2007.
  • Nate Wolters is ranked 6th nationally in points, 5th in the Summit League in three-pointers, 33rd nationally in assists, and 3rd in the Summit League in steals.
  • South Dakota State players are more experienced than IUPUI players (15,446 minutes played vs. 10,896 minutes played).
  • The South Dakota State rebounding leader (Jordan Dykstra, 188 rebounds) has more rebounds than the IUPUI rebounding leader (Donovan Gibbs, 163 rebounds).
  • It's only wins and losses, but South Dakota State has a better overall record than IUPUI this season (19-7 vs. 6-20).
  • 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 IUPUI.
  • South Dakota State attacks the glass, with more rebounds (34.6 per game vs. 28.8 per game) than IUPUI this season.
IUPUI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Mitchell Patton 25 14 5 1 0 1 2
C Donovan Gibbs 33 10 6 1 1 0 2
C John Hart 33 14 3 2 1 0 3
D+ Greg Rice 28 8 2 4 1 0 2
D+ Sean Esposito 29 8 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Ian Chiles 30 10 2 2 2 1 3
D Lyonell Gaines 20 5 5 1 1 0 1
D Jordan Shanklin 23 7 1 1 1 0 1
D P.J. Hubert 13 6 1 1 0 0 1
D- M. Barksdale 10 0 1 1 0 0 1
F Cameron Loepker 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Nick Kitcoff 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
SDSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nate Wolters 38 23 6 6 2 0 2
B- Jordan Dykstra 31 12 7 1 1 1 2
C+ Joshua White 30 11 5 1 0 1 0
C+ Tony Fiegen 31 10 6 1 0 0 1
C+ Brayden Carlson 34 9 3 2 1 0 1
C Chad White 30 9 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Marcus Heemstra 12 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Taevaunn Prince 15 5 2 1 0 0 1
D Jake Bittle 14 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Zach Horstman 8 3 2 1 0 0 0
D Cory Jacobsen 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Joey Feilmeier 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
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