South Dakota vs Clemson : Get a summary of the South Dakota Coyotes vs Clemson Tigers basketball game. As the South Dakota women prepare to make their ninth consecutive postseason appearance and second overall trip to the NCAA tournament, here are five things to know about their first-round opponent, the Clemson Tigers, plus other nuggets of knowledge
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The Coyotes finished second to South Dakota State in the Summit League regular season and lost to the Jackrabbits in the Summit League Tournament title game. Leading scorer Ciara Duffy injured her ankle early in that game but is expected to be at full strength for the NCAA Tournament opener.
For just the second time in conference history, the Summit League will have two teams in the NCAA women’s tournament with South Dakota becoming the first team since Northern Illinois in 1994 to secure an at-large bid.
“This is another signature moment in our league’s history,” Summit League commissioner Tom Douple said in a statement. “Securing two berths into the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament is an extraordinary achievement. We are extremely proud of the players, the coaches, and the administrations from both South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota. We’ve seen their outstanding level of basketball all season and now we’re excited for them to display that on the national scene.”
The Coyotes, who finished runner-up at the conference tournament, were given an 8-seed and will play No. 9 Clemson in Starkville, Miss on Friday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2. The winner will play either No. 1 Mississippi State or No. 16 Southern Oregon. USD was a 15-seed when it made its only NCAA tournament appearance in 2014.
Quinnipiac (26-6) won its third straight MAAC championship with an 81-51 victory over Marist. The winner will face the winner of No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Fordham.
Conference champion South Dakota State is seeded sixth in the Portland region against No. 11 Quinnipiac. The Jackrabbits finished 26-6 overall with wins over Drake and nationally ranked South Dakota. This is the Jackrabbits’ highest seed since they made their NCAA tournament debut in 2009 as a 7-seed.
Clemson (19-12) lost to Louisville in its first ACC tournament quarterfinal since 2009. The Jacks and Tigers will tip-off at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN
After coming within one win from advancing to the NCAA Tournament three times in the past four seasons, South Dakota has proven there’s more than one way to get to the big dance.
The Coyotes qualified for this year’s NCAA Tourney as an at-large selection – the first for a Summit League/Mid-Continent Conference team in 25 years.
USD’s second-ever NCAA Tournament run at the Division I level starts Friday (March 22) in Starkville, Mississippi when the eighth-seeded Coyotes play number-nine Clemson out of the ACC.
South Dakota (28-5) made the field of 64 on the strength of a pair of wins over Top 25 teams (Iowa State, Missouri) and a first-ever stint on the national polls themselves.
South Dakota’s only other NCAA Tournament appearance at the Division I level was in 2014 when the 15th-seeded Coyotes lost in the opening round to number-two Stanford in Ames, Iowa.
Clemson is one of the most improved teams in all of college basketball this season.
The Tigers (19-12) nine ACC wins under first-year head coach Amanda Butler match the total number of conference victories over the last five seasons combined. The 19 total wins are the most for the program in 18 years.
Clemson is known for a defensive attack that fuels its offense.
The Tigers are tenth in the NCAA in steals and 12th in the nation in forcing turnovers. Senior Danielle Edwards and University of Florida grad transfer Simone Westbrook finished one-two in the ACC in steals, combining for 165 this season.
Offensively, Clemson is scoring 20 points per game more than last season with three players averaging in double figures – junior Kobi Thornton (15 points per game), Edwards (13), and Westbrook (13).
The Tigers qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection after finishing seventh in the ACC’s regular season and then losing to third-ranked Louisville in the conference tournament.
Tipoff is 6:00 PM Friday in Starkville, Mississippi. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.