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Tuesday Tidbits

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There are 16 left in the WNIT after a batch of Monday night games. Round 3 is Wed.-Fri.
The highest-ranked team in the field based on RPI, No. 30 Southern Miss, bowed out Monday in a double-overtime loss at Mississippi State. MSU has a regional tie – all-SEC center Martha Alwai is from Worthington, Minn., same as SDSU guard Gabby Boever.
Also of note: 
* There are four Big Ten teams left. Two face off with Indiana hosting Northwestern. There’s also an all-SEC meeting with Mississippi State hosting Auburn. The Pac-12 as two reps in Washington and Colorado.
* The RPI range of the remaining field: 32-138. That’s Bowling Green State on top and Seton Hall at the bottom.
* Home teams are 40-8 through two rounds.
* Minnesota at SDSU on Thursday is the best game in terms of RPI, the only matchup of top 50 teams. The Gophers are 46th and the Jacks 49th.

The Old Dominion club that eliminated SDSU from the College Basketball Invitational clobbered Radford 82-59 on Monday night to reach the semifinals. The others in the group: Siena, Illinois State and Fresno State.

The SDSU baseball team (11-11) starts Summit League play this week, visiting Western Illinois (2-15) in a Friday doubleheader than taking on Omaha (10-9) for two on Sunday.
The latter figures to be especially important; the Mavericks are the defending regular-season champs and the Jacks are the defending conference tourney champs. At the moment, they lead the Summit in wins, too.
SDSU coach Dave Schrage said the non-conference slate has prepared the Jacks for just about anything. And he continues to feel good about the pitching and defense.
Still, injuries have started to surface. Third baseman/DH Jordan Varga will play through a shoulder issue, while senior pitcher Kolton Emery may miss time as the No. 4 starter. If he does, Joe Erickson or Marcus Heemstra – back from basketball – could fill in. 

Former SDSU pitcher Blake Treinen on Monday was cut from Washington Nationals spring training and sent to minor-league camp. That’s despite making a serious run at making the opening-day roster in the bullpen. The righty worked 9.2 innings over six appearances, allowing five earned runs, walking three and striking out nine.
Treinen finished last season with Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats’ Triple-A club is the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League.

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Postseason roundup 3/24

The NCAA Division I basketball postseason continues in Brookings and around the country. Some notes:

Creighton women’s coach Jim Flanery said after a Sunday loss to South Dakota State that the Bluejays are slated to play in Brookings again during the 2014-15 season. He also expressed that his program aspires to have the kind of fan support that SDSU does.

SDSU made available for free 600 students tickets for the Creighton game. Only about 100 were claimed prior to game day. Still, attendance was up about 300 from Round 1. Things are expected to spike this week for the game against Minnesota. 

Elsewhere in the WNIT, home teams went 27-5 in Round 1 and favorites based on RPI went 24-8. The only teams that won on the road AND pulled off an upset: Southern Utah, IUPUI and Harvard.
Round 2 features a Pac-12 vs. Pac-12 matchup (Washington vs. Oregon) and includes 12 teams ranked in the top 64.

SDSU is the only Summit League rep left in the WNIT with IUPUI falling 88-52 at Northwestern on Sunday. That game was attended by 585 people.

This is the third time in Summit history a team has won two games in the same postseason. The others: Valpo in the 2002 WNIT; Oral Roberts in the 2011 WNIT; and USD in the 2013 WBI.

The NCAA women’s tournament moves into the Round of 32 today. Four teams the Jacks faced during the regular season (Penn State, Notre Dame, BYU and Stanford) are still in the mix, while Middle Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota are done.
On the men’s side, SDSU foe Stanford is into the Sweet 16, while North Dakota State made the Round of 32.

How do you handle your rival school getting into the Round of 32 of the NCAA tourney? If you’re SDSU true freshman guard Anders Broman you go to the gym. He was at Frost Arena getting up shots well the SDSU women’s WNIT game on Thursday.

The Forum this week dove into the future of NDSU men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips. The article mentioned that Denver coach Joe Scott was scheduled to make $412,000 this season and Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton $483,000.
Phillips is at $175,000. SDSU coach Scott Nagy got bumped up to $200,000 after taking the Jacks to consecutive NCAA tournaments.

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Creighton coach Jim Flanery after losing at SDSU in Round 2 of the WNIT on Sunday.

SDSU women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston after beating Creighton in Round 2 of the WNIT on Sunday at Frost Arena.

Postseason roundup 3/21

More postseason basketball notes today. The next batch of live coverage comes Sunday afternoon from Frost Arena for South Dakota State vs. Creighton in Round 2 of the WNIT:

SDSU knocked down 10 3-pointers on a season-high 28 tries from deep in a Thursday night win over Butler. The Jackrabbits improved to 3-2 all-time in the WNIT.

Jacks freshman Kerri Young, the sixth woman of the year in the Summit League, did not score for the first time this season. She finished 0 of 1 from the field in 13 minutes.
Meanwhile, all-Summit pick Megan Waytashek did not grab a rebound for the first time this season.

Butler center Liz Stratman – the Big East defensive player of the year – finished with 15 points, 12 boards and six blocks. Four of those blocks came in the first 8 minutes of the first half, the Jacks effectively adjusting from there to end up with a 24-18 edge on points in the paint.

The Jacks improved to 18-0 when leading at the half.

Attendance for the game was 1,812. That’s one less than the SDSU regular-season average and about 3,000 less than its previous low for a WNIT home game.
Still, it was only about 100 off what Drexel drew for the 2013 championship game. Butler averaged 519 at home this season, and coach Beth Couture praised the environment.

The winner of SDSU at Creighton will face the winner of SMU at Minnesota in the Round of 16 somewhere from March 26-28.

Like SDSU, IUPUI won a first-round game in the WNIT on Thursday night. It makes the first time the Summit League has won so many Round 1 games in the event. The Jags – who beat Central Michigan minus injured MAC player of the year Crystal Bradford – will play at Northwestern in Round 2 on Sunday.

As you might have heard, North Dakota State topped Oklahoma in the NCAA Division I men’s tourney to become the first Summit squad since 1998 to reach the Round of 32. There is a direct financial benefit in the form of an extra tournament share – that’s about $1.5 million over six years. The Summit typically splits that between the member schools.

In the CIT Round of 16 Fort Wayne will visit VMI on Saturday and Omaha heads to Murray State on Monday. The Summit previously hadn’t had two teams advance in the same men’s postseason event in a single season.

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SDSU coach Aaron Johnston after a home win over Butler on Thursday in Round 1 of the WNIT.

SDSU players Mariah Clarin, Chynna Stevens and Steph Paluch after beating Butler in Round 1 of the WNIT.

Butler coach Beth Couture after a loss at SDSU in Round 1 of the WNIT on Thursday.

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