CALGARY, Alta. — His nickname is ‘The Dauminator’, and for good reason.
Mike Daum is undoubtedly one of the best players in all of college basketball, and he’s only in his second season with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The nickname fits right into his last name, and he dominates each time he steps foot onto the hardwood.
Ever since his first game as a freshman last year, Daum has been a household name among those in the Summit League. Slowly but surely, he has become a household name on a national level.
This past week was another example of just how dominate the 6’9” sophomore can be. The Jackrabbits came into the week riding a two-game losing streak, but thanks to Daum’s strong play, they got back on the right track.
Over the two wins for South Dakota State, Daum was at the forefront of the offensive attack. He set a season-high mark for the entire NCAA in Saturday’s contest, and has inched ever so close to etching his name into the record books with the Jackrabbits.
CALGARY, Alta. — If you thought that the South Dakota Coyotes would be in second place in the Summit League standings in mid-February, you must be rejoicing right now.
Coming into the season, the Coyotes were underrated by many, including those in their own conference. They were ranked seventh in the preseason Summit League polls, and did not have a player listed on the All-Summit League teams.
Predictions are just that, predictions of what people think will happen. The Coyotes are out proving people wrong with each passing game, and look like a top threat in the conference race.
This past week, South Dakota extended their winning streak to three games with a pair of wins over two top contenders for the Summit League crown.
A big reason for the Coyotes’ strong play as of late has been the individual play of senior big man Tyler Flack. After returning to the lineup on January 28th against the Denver Pioneers, Flack has scored in double-figures in all five games.
His strong play continued this past week, as he was highly effective from the floor in leading the Coyotes to two big wins to keep pace atop the standings.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The slogan read, “New Opportunity. Same North Dakota.”
On Thursday morning, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks made a big announcement that affected the future of athletics for the better. After being members of the Big Sky Conference, the Fighting Hawks are on the move.
North Dakota will become members of the Summit League at the start of the 2018-19 academic year, and the Missouri Valley Football Conference at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and Athletics Director Brian Faison announced the decision at a press conference on Thursday.
OMAHA, Neb. — Wednesday night was a big night in Omaha for the host Omaha Mavericks.
Taking on the Denver Pioneers in Summit League action, the Mavericks were looking to extend their winning streak to four games, and move above .500 in Summit League play.
On the flip side, the Pioneers were looking to extend their own winning streak to three games. Unfortunately, only one team would continue their winning ways, and the odds were in favour of the home side.
DENVER, CO. — After an 87-83 loss on the road at the hands of the Fort Wayne Mastodons in their last outing. the Denver Pioneers were happy to be back on their home court on Wednesday night.
The loss against the Mastodons was their second straight defeat, and it put them at 1-2 in Summit League play, and in the bottom half of the standings for the time being. A win on Wednesday would build some positive momentum as they head into a stretch of tough games.
Denver’s tough stretch began on Wednesday, as they welcomed the upstart Western Illinois Leathernecks to town to open up a two-game homestand. Despite a loss in their last outing, the Leathernecks came into Wednesday’s tilt at 3-1 in conference play, and were looking to keep pace atop the standings.
While Denver would take a six-point lead at halftime, the Leathernecks continued to fight in the second.
With 12:57 to play in the game, Garret Covington completed a three-point play to give the Leathernecks a 51-49 lead. Joe Rosga responded with a three pointer to give Denver the lead right back, and the lead for good.
Coming into the New Year, the Denver Pioneers were on quite the roll.
Following their 80-58 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies back on December 7th in College Station, TX, the Pioneers had reeled off six straight wins to close out the 2016 calendar year. They pushed their record to 9-5 overall, and opened up Summit League play with a 77-73 win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles.
On Wednesday night, Denver put their win streak on the line once more, as they welcomed the South Dakota Coyotes to town for some mid-week Summit League action.
The game saw 14 lead changes, and eight ties, and it would come right down to the wire.
With 1:58 to play in the game, Trey Burch-Manning grabbed an offensive rebound for the Coyotes and got a layup to fall, giving South Dakota the lead for good. Timely free throw shooting in the final minute sealed the deal for the visitors.