South Dakota State University Athletics

11/04/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/04/2018 18:02

Men face Lopes in season-opening clash

Previewing the Game
South Dakota State welcomes Grand Canyon to Frost Arena Tuesday night for the 2018-19 season opener. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. against the Lopes in a matchup between two programs picked to win their respective leagues.

The Jacks are the three-time defending Summit League tournament champions, and last year earned the program's first-ever outright Summit League regular season title, going 13-1 in league play. State carries the nation's longest active home-winning streak (20) entering the season and has gone a combined 26-2 at Frost Arena under Otzelberger, now in his third season at the helm.

Grand Canyon, tabbed first in the Western Athletic Conference's (WAC) preseason poll, brings the nation's 22nd-highest winning percentage over the last three seasons to Frost Arena with a solid mix of returners and transfers filling out the 2018-19 roster.

The two programs have met once prior to Tuesday's bout, with South Dakota State taking a 66-56 win in Phoenix during the 1997-98 season.

About South Dakota State
South Dakota State enters the 2018-19 season with six returners and a group of eight newcomers and will look to build on the momentum of three consecutive Summit League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament trips while claiming a program-record 28 wins a year ago

, a two-time Summit League Player of the Year and Associated Press All-American, is back for his senior year after exploring the NBA Draft waters. The Kimball, Nebraska native, who was named the Summit League's Preseason Player of the Year, led the team with 23.9 points per game and scored 836 points a year ago. With 2,232 career points, he is closing in on Nate Wolters' all-time SDSU scoring record of 2,363.

, the 2018 Summit League Freshman of the Year, returns as the team's second-leading scorer and earned All-Summit League Preseason First Team honors. He reset Daum's freshman scoring record last season with 565 total tallies, averaging 16.1 points per game. Jenkins finished eighth nationally among freshmen in scoring average and hit 84 3-pointers last year.

In addition to Daum and Jenkins, the Jackrabbits return a core group of key contributors from last year's team.

entered last season known primarily as a lock down defender for the Jackrabbits, but showed off a new facet to his game as he finished fourth on the team in scoring (9.1 points per game) while shooting 52.2 percent from the field in 2017-18. King was second among Jackrabbits in rebounds (196) and had a team-best 59 steals as well.

is back after earning a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. He led The Summit League in 3-point percentage (49.1) last year, averaging 6.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the league champions.

rounds out the returning senior class after leading SDSU with 112 assists. Well-known for his agility on the court, Key is back after a strong finish to the season that saw him reach double-figures in scoring in three of the final seven games, including a 16-point showing against Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament. Key shot 45.9 percent from the field a year ago and finished with 19 steals.

missed 15 games last season due to injury, but is healthy for his junior campaign. He appeared in seven games in 2017-18 and is expected to compete for playing time this year.

Four redshirt freshmen will make their official debuts as Jackrabbits after sitting out the 2017-18 season: , , and .

Arians was a First Team WBCA Division II pick as a senior in Madison, Wisconsin (Edgewood High School) and was his conference's player of the year in 2016-17.

Dentlinger left Kuemper Catholic High School (Carroll, Iowa) as the program's career-record holder in points (1,311), rebounds (754) and blocks (239) while earning All-State honors as a senior.

Dillon is healthy after fighting through an injury last season, having arrived at State after earning WBCA All-State First Team honors and his conference's player of the year award in 2016-17 while playing for Wauwatosa West High School (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin).

Krueger scored over 1,400 points in his career and left as his Hortonville (Wisconsin) High School's all-time leading scorer. He was named First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference as a senior.
In addition to the four redshirts, South Dakota State has four true newcomers to the program in 2018-19.

was a four-time all-conference performer at Caledonia Area High School, voted Associated Press All-Second Team and was a final-five pick for Minnesota Mr. Basketball in 2018. He left high school as the program's all-time scorer (2,437 points) and in addition to basketball honors was named the 2018 AP Minnesota Football High School Player of the Year.

(Madison, South Dakota) was a two-time, Class A First Team All-State honoree and was a finalist for the KELOLAND/Sanford Pentagon High School Player of the Year in 2018.

was named the 2018 IBCA State Class 3A Player of the Year from Xavier High School. He was a two-time, First Team All-State and All-Conference selection in his career and won the 2016 and 2017 state tournaments with his program.

arrived from Washington in the offseason and will sit out the 2018-19 season due to the NCAA transfer rules. He has three years of eligibility remaining after playing in 17 games for the Huskies last year.

About Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon went 22-12 last year, finishing third in the WAC with a 9-5 league mark. The Lopes lost over 50 percent of their scoring from last year's program, but welcome graduate transfer Michael Finke (Illinois) and an immediately eligible sophomore transfer (Carlos Johnson from Washington) to help fill the void.

Additionally, Alessandro Lever was picked as the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year after averaging 12.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last year while shooting 45.3 percent from the field.

GCU hosted Montana State Billings in exhibition play last week, topping the Yellowjackets 97-60. Five Lopes reached double-figures in that game, let by Lever and Finke's 15 points apiece. Lever added six boards and Johnson had 15 points.

Dan Majerle is in his sixth season as head coach of Grand Canyon and holds a 103-58 record with the Lopes.

A South Dakota State Win Would ...
Give SDSU its first win of the season and move the program to 93-18 all-time in home openers and 74-39 in season-openers ... move the Jackrabbits to 1-0 all-time against Grand Canyon ... push Otzelberger to 47-24 at South Dakota State ... give the Jacks a 1,512-1,031-1 program mark.

A South Dakota State Loss Would ...
End South Dakota State's nation-best 20-game active home winning streak and put the team at 0-1 on the year ... drop the Jacks to 92-19 all-time in home openers and 73-40 in season-opening games ... make Otzelberger 46-25 at South Dakota State ... drop SDSU to 1,511-1,032-1 all-time.

Preseason All-Conference Team; Jacks Picked First
and headlined the Summit League's preseason teams, announced early-October. Jenkins is a first-time preseason honoree while Daum earned his third-consecutive Preseason Player of the Year nod.
Daum is the second Jackrabbit to be named Preseason All-Conference and the first to do it more than once, joining Nate Wolters (2012-13).
As a team, South Dakota State was picked to win the league for the fifth time in program history, garnering 34 of 36 first-place votes.

South Dakota State's is within reach of rarefied air as he enters his senior campaign looking to become just the ninth men's basketball player all-time to reach 3,000 points. Daum currently sits tied for 205th on the NCAA's all-time scoring chart and will look to climb the ranks throughout the year. A look at Daum's latest scoring chart listing can be found on page five of the game notes.

Let It Rain
South Dakota State's 3-point offense ranked amongst the nation's best a year ago for the second-straight season, and the Jackrabbits are primed for another year of hot shooting beyond the arc.

  • South Dakota State reset the school record for single-season 3-pointers made (374) and attempted (927) in 2017-18 after breaking the previous record a year prior (318 of 883).
  • South Dakota State returns three players who hit 50 or more 3-pointers last year in (96), (84) and (55). After breaking the single-season record a year ago, Daum now has 205 3-pointers in his career and is just 51 away from the program's career record.
  • Since the arrival of , the Jacks now hold all of the top five spots in the record book for 3-pointers made and attempted in a Division I game.
  • The Otzelberger-led Jackrabbits have hit 14 or more 3-pointers in 13 games over the last two seasons, and prior to his arrival a State team had hit 14 or more 3-pointers in just six games.
  • Through the first 12 seasons of Division I basketball (starting in the first transition year of 2003-04 through 2015-16), SDSU had 71 games of 10 or more 3-pointers, with a max of 13 in one season (2010-13). The Jackrabbits have done it 34 times since then, hitting 10 or more in 21 games last year.
  • Under Otzelberger, the Jackrabbits have attempted 30 or more 3-pointers in a game 15 times. The Pre-Otzelberger era teams did it on 11 total occasions since the adoption of the 3-point line in 1986. It happened three times at the Division II level and eight times between 2003-04 and 2015-16, the last season Scott Nagy led the program.

Charity Stripe Success The Jackrabbit offense has found a comfort zone at the charity stripe over Otzelberger's tenure as head coach, leading the league in free throw makes (578), attempts (759) and percentage (.762) a year ago while ranking among the nation's top 50 in makes and attempts.

South Dakota State got to the free throw line more than its opponents in 27 of 35 games last year.

opened Summit League play with 35 consecutive free throws, matching the second-longest streak in Jackrabbit history (Garrett Callahan, 2008-09) after setting the record last season with 43 straight from Dec. 7-22, 2016.

matched his school record of 16 made free throws (out of 16 attempts) at North Dakota State Jan. 3, 2018. He did it twice in 2016-17.

Daum holds the school's single-season free throw record (set in 2016-17) and now is 590 of 693 in his career. He ranks second in career makes (58 shy of Nate Wolters' record) and fourth in attempts.

Tacoma Talent
Tacoma, Washington native enters his second season of collegiate play as a hot commodity in the basketball realm, racking up an SDSU freshman record 565 points a year while finishing in the top 10 of freshman scorers nationwide.
Additionally, Jenkins finished with 84 3-pointers (one shy of previous record, prior to breaking it with 96 last year) and hit at least two treys in 24 contests.

On Dec. 22, 2017 at Colorado, Jenkins set the school's freshman single-game scoring record with 31 and matched it Feb. 8, 2018 at Denver.

Jenkins reached double figures in 28 games, becoming the first SDSU freshman to accomplish the feat since Steve Holdren did it 19 times in 2004-05.

Jenkins and Holdren are also the only two Jackrabbit freshmen to lead the team in scoring in their first collegiate game over the last 17 years (dating back to 2000-01 when game-by-game stats were readily available).

Fellow Tacoma native Isaiah Thomas, currently with the Denver Nuggets, had 541 points and 29 double figure games (out of 35 available) through his freshman season at Washington.

Daum on Malone Award Watch List
South Dakota State's was named to the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award preseason watch list, announced Oct. 18 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men's basketball.

Daum was one of five finalists for the 2018 Karl Malone Award and is a repeat selection to the preseason watch list.

A national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame's selection committee.

The winner of the 2019 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5. Broadcast information will be released by ESPN at a later date.


  • The Jacks own an 89-5 record at Frost Arena over the last six seasons dating back to 2011-12, which includes perfect home records in five of the last seven years. That span includes two home winning streaks of 30 or more games.
  • The Jackrabbits' current 20-game home winning streak ranks as the nation's longest active streak in Division I entering the 2018-19 season. The Jacks have held the nation's longest active-home winning streak twice in the last five years.
  • Since 2011-12, South Dakota State has won 94.7 percent of its home games, a mark that top all Division I programs in that span. That list is on page three of the game notes.
  • South Dakota State won 34 consecutive games from Jan. 30, 2014 to Dec. 28, 2016. It ended as the nation's second longest active streak.
  • The Jackrabbits won 30 consecutive home games from Jan. 29, 2011 to Nov. 14, 2013.
  • SDSU put together undefeated seasons inside Frost Arena the following years: 1984-85 (18-0), 2002-03 (17-0), 2011-12 (14-0), 2012-13 (13-0), 2014-15 (13-0), 2015-16 (12-0) and 2017-18 (15-0).
  • South Dakota State has won 28 consecutive home nonconference games inside Frost Arena entering this year. That mark ranks eighth nationally.

Daum Recognized by NBC Sports
was named a 2018-19 First Team Mid-Major Preseason All-American by NBC Sports in late-September, being recognized on the first team alongside Wofford's Fletcher McGee, Marshall's Jon Elmore, Georgia State's D'Marcus Simonds and UNC Wilmington's Devontae Cacok.

Jacks Fifth in Preseason Mid-Major Top 25
The Jackrabbits were ranked fifth in the 2018-19 preseason College Sports Madness Mid-Major poll of the, behind only Gonzaga, Buffalo, Loyola Chicago and BYU.

The Jacks were ranked in all but one version of the poll last year and were in the top 10 for the last month of the season, sitting fourth in 2017-18's final poll.

Daum Reaches 2,000 Points
became just the second Jackrabbit to score over 2,000 points in his career when he reached the mark Feb. 1, 2018 against North Dakota State. Daum is the 15th Summit League player to achieve 2,000 points, and ranks among the fastest to do it in the NCAA over the last 20 years.

Additionally, Daum stacks up well against previous Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Award winners over the last 25 years, reaching the 2,000-point mark faster than any previous winner. Daum was on the midseason Robertson Trophy Watch List and on the Wooden Award's preseason list. Both 2018 lists will be released in early November.

Team Quick Hits

  • SDSU's 28 wins in 2017-18 was the most in program history.
  • South Dakota State went 12-0 when holding opponents under 70 points last season, while posting a 24-2 record when breaking the 70-point barrier on the offensive end.
  • South Dakota State scored 100 or more four times last season. The last time SDSU had two or more 100-point games in a season was 2011-12, when the Jackrabbits did it twice. The Division I program record for 100-point games in a season is five, set in 2004-05, and the overall program record is six, set in 1997-98, 1991-92 and 1968-69.
  • The Jackrabbits scored 90 or more points in 13 games last year and scored 80 or more in 23 games.
  • Since 's arrival two years ago, the Jackrabbits are 36-3 when winning the rebounding battle and 9-20 when being out-rebounded or tied on the boards.
  • South Dakota State won its 1,500th game Jan. 20, 2018 at Western Illinois. The Jacks won their 500th game in Frost Arena in the 2016-17 regular season finale.
  • 2017-18 marked the third time State started 3-0 at the Division I level (dating back to transition year of 2004-05). The Jacks also did it in 2010-11 and 2015-16, when the team started a Division I-best 6-0.
  • At least one Jackrabbit has scored in double figures over the last 342 games dating back to Jan. 12, 2008 at IUPUI when Anthony Cordova had nine points to lead the Jacks.
  • From Jan. 31, 2009 through the 2013-14 season, SDSU put together a streak of 179 games with at least one 1,000-point scorer on the floor. SDSU snapped a streak of 90 games without a 1,000-point scorer when joined the club on Jan. 21, 2017. SDSU has now restarted a streak of 48 games with at least one 1,000-point scorer on the court.
  • State has made at least one 3-pointer in 372 consecutive games. The last time the Jackrabbits did not make a 3-point field goal was Jan. 25, 2007
  • SDSU is 92-18 all-time in home openers (where records available). Dating back to 2004-05, SDSU's first year of DI transition, SDSU is 12-2.
  • SDSU is 73-39 in season-openers all-time. The Jacks are 6-8 in season-opening games at the Division I level.
  • The Jackrabbits are 6-5 in Summit League openers.

Daum Eyes All-Time Scoring Mark
enters the 2018-19 season just 132 points away from breaking Nate Wolters' all-time school scoring record on 2,363 points. Daum averaged 23.9 points per game last season, and if he continues that pace he will break the record in late-November. A look at SDSU's all-time scoring chart is on page 12 of the game notes.

Jackrabbits in Two Scheduling Agreements
Summit League and Western Athletic Conference officials announced in October the matchups and dates for the first year of The Summit League/WAC Challenge in men's basketball.

The Challenge features head-to-head competition between all nine teams. Matchups were set based upon factors including the previous year's achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings in the upcoming season. Those teams with home games in 2018 will play on the road in 2019 and vice versa. In addition, teams will not face the same opponent in back-to-back years.

The Jackrabbits will host Grand Canyon Nov. 6 in their 2018-19 season opener and travel to CSU Bakersfield in 2019-20 as part of the agreement.

Last year, the Jacks were announced as part of a four-year deal with the Big Sky.

Each school will play one home game and road contest against separate schools from the other league during each of the four seasons. South Dakota State joins North Dakota State, North Dakota and Omaha as Summit League representatives, while Montana State, Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington are participating from the Big Sky.

The Jackrabbits will play the following games as part of the agreement:
2018-19: Montana (home), Eastern Washington (away)
2019-20: Idaho (home), Montana State (away)
2020-21: Eastern Washington (home), Montana (away)
2021-22: Montana State (home), Idaho (away)

Tough Tests
South Dakota State played five Power Five (ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12) opponents a year ago (in addition to a matchup at then-No. 6 Wichita State of the American Athletic Conference).

Although the team does not have any power five opponents on this year's schedule, the Jacks will travel to AAC's Memphis and preseason No. 7/9 Nevada of the Mountain West.

South Dakota State has seven wins over Power Five programs since joining The Summit League in 2007, picking up wins over Iowa State (2008), Iowa (2010 and 2017), Washington (2011), TCU (2015), Minnesota (2015) and Ole Miss (2017).

SDSU's wins over Iowa and Ole Miss in 2017-18 came in the shortest time frame of any Summit League team since 1998 (seven days). The Jackrabbits are the fifth league team to post a win over separate Power Five conferences in the same regular season, and the first to do it since 2009.

In 10 games against power five opponents for his career, is averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from deep. He has two double-doubles in those matchups.

SDSU Last Time Out (Nov. 1)
South Dakota State men's basketball picked up an 82-63 exhibition victory over South Dakota Mines Thursday night at Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits had three players in double figures, led by 29 points. added 17 points and scored 12.

pulled down a game-high 12 boards and scored seven points.

South Dakota Mines was led by Logan Elers, who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Tied at 20 just past the under-12 media mark of the opening half, SDSU pulled away briefly with an 11-0 run that included back-to-back 3s from Daum and King, only to see SD Mines bury a pair of treys on the other end of the court to keep things close.

Ahead 44-39 at the break, State built a 13-point cushion over the first 10 minutes of the half before a burst of eight straight put the Jacks ahead 21 (74-53) with eight minutes to play. Although SD Mines stopped the run, they would come no closer than 17 the rest of the way as SDSU closed out the win.

Opponent Last Time Out (Oct. 30)
If Grand Canyon scores in bunches like it did Tuesday night, it could win in droves this season.

The Lopes had runs of 15-0 and 19-0 to demolish Montana State Billings 97--60 in an exhibition game at a sold-out GCU Arena.

GCU put five scorers in double figures and shot 58.8 percent from the field with big men Michael Finke, a senior power forward who transferred from Illinois, and Alessandro Lever, a sophomore center, each scoring 16 points on combined 14-of-21 shooting.

It gets real in a week when the Lopes open the regular season at South Dakota State, which has reached the NCAA tournament the past three seasons with senior star power forward .

The hot shooting that has filled the GCU Basketball Practice Facility of late arrived late at GCU Arena on Tuesday night, when GCU missed six of its first eight shots before taking command. The Lopes missed their first six 3-point shots but hit 50 percent of their 3s for the remainder of the game.

Initially, GCU found its offense by going inside first, as this Lopes team is built to do. GCU scored on six consecutive possessions with the first five coming on the interior, where sophomore center Alessandro Lever worked the post and senior newcomer Michael Finke showed his repertoire by scoring on a hook and setting up Lever.

Senior point guard Trey Drechsel, a transfer from Western Washington, helped spur the offense as the first sub off the bench. The Lopes went on a 15-0 run, shutting out MSU Billings for more than five minutes.

The Lopes led 27-10 with eight of the points coming from Lever but six other GCU players already scoring to show off this season's depth.

The Lopes' lead slipped to 41-32 by halftime but quickly widened to start the second half. The GCU defense intensified, creating turnovers on four of the Yellowjackets' first five possessions. With Drechsel starting the second half at point, the Lopes surged back to a 17-point lead in the first 4:10.

That defensive pressure, from the GCU starting and bench units, made MSU Billings wilt in the second half. The Lopes did not allow a point for six minutes, doing it mostly by creating turnovers with two steals from sophomore point guard Damari Milstead and one apiece from junior guard Carlos Johnson, sophomore power forward Roberts Blumbergs and senior power forward Matt Jackson during that stretch.

Johnson added 15 points for the Lopes while Frayer scored 14. Drechsel led on the boards with seven rebounds in 21 minutes, in which GCU was plus-32.