March Madness 2013: South Dakota State Jackrabbits are in the NCAA Tournament

We’ll be doing NCAA Tournament profiles for all automatic bid conference winners leading into the NCAA Tournament. See below for previous team profiles.

Conference/Record: Summit League (25-9)

Location: Brookings, SD

Famous Alums/Attendees: NFL Kicker Adam Vinatieri attended SDSU from 1991-1995, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Langer

Social Media: The Jackrabbits  twitter account is @SDSU_Jacks and you can follow their star player, Nate Wolters at @NateWolters.

Random Fun Fact: Although it’s a “discovery” whose true founder is contested, SDSU claims that Cookies and Cream ice cream was invented at the on-campus dairy plant.

Tournament History/Most Recent: This will be SDSU’s second straight (and second overall) tournament appearance. They lost 68-60 last year to Baylor last year.

Good Wins/Bad Losses: The Jackrabbits have a great win @New Mexico. Even though their bad losses all come on the road, losses to Hofstra and CS Bakersfield stand out.

Notable Player(s): This team is going to go as far as Nate Wolters takes them. Nate is 4th in the country in scoring (22.7 ppg) but he also averages nearly 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game. Most mock drafts have Nate Wolters being an early pick in the second round.

All-Important Rankings: 61 (RPI), 102 (Pomeroy), 95 (Seven Overtimes)

Outlook/Seed: Look for the Jackrabbits to slide into a 14 seed. They’ve got a profile significantly better than champions from other one-bid leagues, but not good enough to push their way into 12 or 13 seed. They will probably be an 8-9 point underdog to a team like Florida or Michigan St.

James Madison
Florida Gulf Coast

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