(From the SDSU sports desk)
South Dakota State was tabbed 14th in the preseason version of the College Insider Men’s Basketball Mid-Major Poll, released this week by the organization.
The Jackrabbits return eight players to this year’s squad and welcome seven newcomers to a roster that has made two consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. State was picked to win The Summit League in the conference preseason poll and features the reigning league Player of the Year, Mike Daum. SDSU received votes in the preseason version of last year’s poll.
2017 NCAA Tournament matchup Gonzaga was picked No. 1 in the poll while Missouri State, the Jackrabbits’ opponent Dec. 2 at the Sanford Pentagon, was slotted 16th. Four other opponents on this year’s schedule- UC Irvine, North Dakota, South Dakota and Fort Wayne – received votes.
The Jacks host South Dakota Mines in a charity exhibition Thursday at 8:15 p.m. and open the regular season Nov. 10 at home against UC Irvine.