Selection Sunday; Selection Monday

Here are some postseason-related notes that at least tangentially relate to South Dakota State. Frankly, there are so many that they’ll spill into Tuesday Tidbits:

Coach Scott Nagy said that the Jackrabbits staff found out Saturday that they’d get a CBI bid. In other words, they were included before so many teams (ranging from Indiana to William & Mary) publicly bowed out. The same might not be true for Hampton, Tulane and Radford as all three have RPIs in the 200s.

How did SDSU fare against fellow postseason qualifiers? It went 0-3 against NCAA tourney teams (NDSU, Stanford), 1-1 against NIT teams (Belmont, Minnesota) and 3-3 against CIT clubs (Fort Wayne, Omaha, North Dakota, San Diego).
Meanwhile, the Texas Southern squad that visited Frost Arena earlier this season for the Progressive Legends Classic got in the field of 68 by winning the SWAC tourney. It’s coached by former Indiana boss Mike Davis.

Ready to play six degrees of separation with the Big Dance Field? Here goes with a few random thoughts:
Nebraska is coached by Doland native Tim Miles. … Creighton freshman forward Zach Hanson is from Pierre. … SDSU forward Cody Larson used to play for overall No. 1 Florida. … SDSU guard George Marshall used to play for No. 2 seed Wisconsin. … SDSU forward Jordan Dykstra was verbally committed to No. 6 Iowa State for two years.

Former Jacks guard and assistant Austin Hansen helped Northern Colorado land a CIT bid in his first year with the program. The Bears (18-13) will host Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the Round of 32.
Ex-Jacks star Megan Vogel and the Green Bay women lost in the Horizon League title game Sunday. They have an automatic bid to the WNIT waiting for them.

The Summit League wound up with four men’s postseason picks. That’s equal to last year and one shy of its personal best set in 2012.

North Dakota put teams in both Big Sky tournament finals in its second year of eligibility. The men lost at Weber State, while the women rolled past Montana in Grand Forks to reach their first Dance.
Neither of the tourney games involving the UND women drew even 2,000 fans.
Meanwhile, this means all four Division I schools in the Dakotas have qualified basketball teams for the Big Dance within 10 years of moving to that level.

Bids for women’s postseason events will be handed out tonight. SDSU has a guarantee for the WNIT and a “fighting chance” of making the NCAA, according to ESPN.com.
Here’s a very broad overview of how the Jacks do stack up against other supposed bubble teams based on (March 10) RPI, record and quality wins:

26. Bowling Green State (27-4)
Best wins: Central Michigan, Ohio State
Strike against: Lost in conference semis

39. Florida State (20-11)
Best wins: Michigan State, Florida, Syracuse)

42. SDSU (22-9)
Best wins: Penn State, Central Michigan
Strike against: Lost in conference semis

43. Vanderbilt (18-12)
Best wins: Dayton, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU, Georgia
Strike against: Went 2-9 down the stretch

44. Minnesota (20-12)
Best wins: Ohio State

56. South Florida (19-12)
Best wins: Rutgers

59. Oklahoma (18-14)
Best wins: Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas

63. Florida (19-12)
Best wins: Florida State, Kentucky (twice)

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