South Dakota State vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview

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South Dakota State vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview
South Dakota State
(25-9, 8-9 away)
(10) Michigan
(26-7, 21-1 home)
Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
7:15PM ET / 4:15PM PT, March 21, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
South Dakota State N Wolters 22.7 J Dykstra 7.9 N Wolters 5.8
Michigan T Burke 19.2 M McGary 5.5 T Burke 6.7

No. 4-seeded Michigan meets 13th-seeded South Dakota State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET and it can be seen on CBS. The Wolverines have not played the Jackrabbits since the 1988-89 season, when they won 104-66.

The Wolverines fell 68-59 to Wisconsin on Mar. 15. Trey Burke finished with 19 points and seven assists in the loss. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 19.2 points per game, 6.7 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game. In a 73-67 victory over North Dakota State on Mar. 12, Nate Wolters put up 27 points and six rebounds for the Jackrabbits. He puts up a team-leading 22.7 points per game, 5.8 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game. Areas of strength for South Dakota State include: turnover percentage at 16.0, effective field goal percentage at 54.1, and defensive rebounding percentage at 75.3.

South Dakota State StatSmack

  • Trey Burke is ranked 17th nationally in points and 9th nationally in assists.
  • Be afraid. Michigan has blown out more teams than South Dakota State this season (nine blowouts vs. five).
  • The Michigan blocks leader (Mitch McGary, 21 blocks) has more blocks than the South Dakota State blocks leader (Jordan Dykstra, 19 blocks).
  • The Michigan assist leader (Trey Burke, 215 assists) has more assists than the South Dakota State assist leader (Nate Wolters, 187 assists).
  • Michigan has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (63.7 percent to 60.1 percent).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Michigan is superior to South Dakota State (Latest AP Poll: No. 6 vs. Not Ranked).
  • Diaper Dandies love Michigan. Michigan has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than South Dakota State (17 vs. 0).
  • Even computers respect Michigan more. Michigan has a better RPI this season than South Dakota State (RPI: No. 14 vs. No. 62).
  • Since 1998, Michigan has recruited more Top 50 high school players than South Dakota State (11 vs. zero).
  • Michigan has more wins over the last 5 years than South Dakota State (117 vs. 106).
  • The Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas, 71 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the South Dakota State three-point leader (Nate Wolters, 64 three-pointers).
SDSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Nate Wolters 0 23 6 6 2 0 2
B- Jordan Dykstra 0 12 8 1 1 1 2
C+ Joshua White 31 9 4 1 0 1 0
C+ Tony Fiegen 0 10 5 2 0 0 1
C+ Brayden Carlson 0 9 4 2 1 0 1
C Chad White 32 10 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Marcus Heemstra 12 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Taevaunn Prince 14 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Jake Bittle 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Joey Feilmeier 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Zach Horstman 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Cory Jacobsen 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 0 19 3 7 2 0 2
B+ Tim Hardaway Jr 0 15 5 2 1 1 2
B+ G. Robinson III 0 11 5 1 1 0 1
B Nik Stauskas 31 12 3 1 1 0 1
B Mitch McGary 17 6 5 0 1 1 1
C+ Jordan Morgan 18 5 5 0 1 0 1
C Jon Horford 9 2 2 0 0 1 1
C Caris LeVert 12 3 1 1 0 0 0
C- Max Bielfeldt 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
C- Spike Albrecht 7 1 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

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