Some thoughts and notes from the weekend that was in South Dakota State men’s and women’s basketball:
The SDSU men have won true road games in a row, following up a pre-Christmas win at North Dakota by topping former Summit League foe Kansas City on Saturday night. While that doesn’t sound like much of a streak, it sort of is. It matches the longest true road run by the 2011-12 that wound up 27-8 and in the NCAA Division I tournament. The 2012-13 club won three in a row on the road, although there were three home games between the last two in that streak.
Jacks senior point guard Brayden Carlson has scored 20 points or more in three of the last four games. He entered the season with two such games to his credit - both last season. Carlson has played all 40 minutes in the last two games.
SDSU junior forward Cody Larson, a transfer from Florida, also is getting things rolling by scoring in double figures in each of the last four games - the longest streak of his career so far. The 6-foot-9 Roosevelt grad is 28 of 45 from the field in that span.
On the flip side, Jacks senior Chad White missed the Saturday game due to a recent knee surgery. That snapped a run of 43 starts and 115 appearances in a row for the former Madison High star. It also explains why he was hitting the stationary bike when not on the court during the most recent home game.
White is up in the air for the non-conference finale at Buffalo on Friday, but is expected to be back in the lineup no later Jan. 9 for the Summit League opener at IUPUI.
The SDSU women Sunday afternoon got thumped 66-45 at Arkansas-Little Rock, a plenty respectable program that nonetheless began the day at 4-5. It was the Jacks fourth loss this season by at least 20 points. That’s equal to the number of 20-point losses they took from mid-Dec. 2010 through the end of last season.
All of the drubbings have happened away from Brookings. The Jacks are 2-6 in road and neutral settings heading into a Thursday game at No. 2-ranked Notre Dame.
Also in the loss to Little Rock, nobody from SDSU scored more than eight points. That marked the end of a 75-game run of putting at least one player in double figures. The last time the team failed to do so was a loss to Cincinnati on No. 24, 2011.
Meanwhile, the Jacks have started a dubious streak - they’ve committed 27 turnovers in consecutive games. They’re minus-20 in turnover margin in that span.
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