Happy New Year, peeps:
SDSU women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston has 299 career wins (compared to 104 losses) after a triumph over NDSU on Sunday. That pushed him ahead of Buffalo’s Sal Buscaglia (1994-98) in terms of the best career winning percentage by a Summit League coach at .723. (Note: That counts only games from 2007 on, spanning SDSU’s tenure in the conference. He’s 128-49 in that time.)
Johnston can join the 300-win club Thursday vs. Kansas City in Brookings, a rematch of last year’s Summit League tournament title game.
StatSheet.com has a breakdown of NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams based on experience, resulting in an average class per minute stat. SDSU is at 3.0, meaning that the average minute is played by a junior. That’s the second most experience in the Summit League behind Western Illinois at 3.41. The youngest team is also the team with the top (unofficial) RPI: NDSU at 2.34.
Some new NCAA rules to into effect today. Among them: Division I men’s basketball teams can bring in high school juniors for official visits. SDSU expects to participate in this practice.
After nearly a month off, the Jacks wrestling team jumps back into competition today in a big way by participating in the Southern Scuffle. The two-day event is hosted by Tennessee-Chattanooga, the former home of first-year SDSU coach Chris Bono and is considered one of the best tournaments in the country.
Some 23 teams are entered, including No. 1-ranked Penn State, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 6 Missouri and No. 8 Cornell. There are also five top-ranked individuals.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.