Found March 17, 2013 on The Detroit Sports Site:
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits figured to be one of the NCAA Tournament’s most popular Cinderella picks, thanks to the point-scoring stylings of guard Nate Wolters. The Jackrabbits won the Summit League regular-season title at 13-3 (25-9 overall), then held off North Dakota State in the conference title game. Let’s meet the Jackrabbits … Who: South Dakota State Jackrabbits (13-3 Summit League, 25-9 overall) How They Made the Dance: By holding serve at home. South Dakota State did not lose a single game on its home floor this season, a streak that included three wins in the conference tourney (IUPUI, IPFW and North Dakota State). Common Foes: Michigan beat IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), the last place finishers in the Summit, by a 91-54 count way back in November. South Dakota State lost at Minnesota by 24 (88-64) in December; Michigan won in Williams Arena by eight (83-75), in a game that wasn’t even that close. Player to Watch: Nate Wolters. This one’s easy. The Jackrabbits’ point guard averaged 22.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, plus hung a 53-point effort on IPFW. He scored 27 (with six assists, six boards and four steals) in the Summit League title game. Expect Wolters to give Trey Burke — and the entire Michigan defense — some issues. How to Stop Them: South Dakota State finished 36th in the country at 73.9 points per game, enough to give the defensively-challenged Wolverines nightmares. The Jackrabbits made 266 3-pointers as a team, 19 more than Michigan hit during the regular season. Chad White (43.4 percent) and Jordan Dykstra (43.0 percent) are particularly dangerous from the outside, while Wolters comes in at a 39.0 clip. Tony Fiegen is the Jackrabbits’ leading scorer in the frontcourt at 10.1 points per game — he did not attempt any 3-pointers during the season. But for Michigan to slow down this offense, it has to keep the outside shots from falling. An underdog that gets hot from beyond the arc can be deadly come tournament time, especially when that team has a go-to scorer like Wolters.
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