Jackrabbits Get Second Post Season Life, Get Ready For A Team They’ve Never Faced In A Tournament They’ve Never Appeared
Lots of unknowns for South Dakota State as they head into this post season compared the last two.
In 2012 and 2013, no one had to explain where the Jackrabbits were headed or who they were playing, it was the NCAA Tournament and a national television audience.
But in 2014, a lot has changed.
By not winning the Summit League Tournament last week, SDSU was not awarded an automatic bid in the 'big dance', instead the Jacks were forced to wait to see which, if any, other tournament wanted them.
That would be the College Basketball Invitational, run by a private company in New Jersey, featuring on campus match-ups between teams that did not make the NCAA or NIT events.
South Dakota State head coach Scott Nagy told me he's just happy his group gets at least one more game:
Bittle, who was noticeably hobbled by a bad foot in the loos to Fort Wayne at the Summit League Tournament, could get a shot if the Jacks advance past Old Dominion and get to host a second round game, but won't play in Virginia Wednesday:
SDSU spent last week waiting, and wondering if they get a chance to play on this season, and despite that uncertainty, they still went through workouts:
As for the two problems that Nagy identified after the Jacks semifinal loss to Fort Wayne in the Summit League Tournament, ball handling and poor shooting, Nagy says it's a work in progress:
SDSU's first appearance in the CBI will come against a first-time opponent, Old Dominion from Conference USA. The Monarchs are 16-17 overall and are led in scoring by three guards (Aaron Bacote, Dimitri Batten, and Keenan Palmore, who are all 6'4" or shorter.
Nagy says ODU really isn't comparable to any Summit League team the Jacks have faced:
Tipoff is 6:00pm CDT Wednesday in Norfolk, Virginia.