Cal State Bakersfield at South Dakota State
Frost Arena - Brookings, SD
8:05 PM EST
Tonight I will be covering North Florida at Clemson, one of those ultra-rare instances when the No. 1 RPI team plays the last-place RPI team. To include that here would break the only two rules of the G!O!T!N! (recently enacted), which are a.) it can't be the game I'm actually at, and b.) no power conference teams. Instead, we're going to check out a game out of tonight's 15-contest slate that looks to be a real Space Jam.
What's up, Doc? The Jackrabbits (4-7), or Jacks for short, unveiled a new logo recently after a long process
that involved very little money, but the rabbit created by Larry Westall of University Relations in 1971 is still hanging around on some websites and on t-shirts. We admit we're dragging out feet a bit. As for the team, it's really struggled since its move to Division I, going 1-12 in its first year (2004-05) and winning just 28 games over four-plus seasons. But SDSU has something that teams like Bakersfield doesn't -- a conference home. The Jacks joined up with the Badlands Conference last season after three years adrift, and are 1-1 this season after beating Centenary in a BLC preview last week. They have a decent young backcourt forming in Garrett Callahan
and Clint Sargent
, who have combined for 32.4 ppg so far.
Meep meep! Cal State Bakersfield (3-7) was a little more subtle in their design, giving its roadrunner
a much more mean demeanor than the one that outwits the coyote and sells broadband internet. This is the second year of CSB's transition (the Runners were 8-21 last season), and the school doing what most independents do -- scavenging the land for any game it can get. Thanks to friendly relations with other west coast schools, there are 12 home games including 2008 NCAA teams San Diego, Saint Mary's and Cal State Fullerton. They'll be happy to get off the road next week for a four-game homestand, especially after the air scare
that they had trying to get to the Badlands.Basketball State Preview/Box