Where: The DakotaDome
On the air: ESPN 1380-AM
Records: IPFW (15-5, 3-0 Summit League), South Dakota (7-9, 2-0 SL)
Expected starters for the Mastodons: Steve Forbes – 6-9, redshirt junior center; Luis Jacobo – 6-5, senior forward; Michael Kibiloski – 6-7, senior forward; Pierre Bland – 6-2, senior guard; Isaiah McCray – 6-0, junior guard..
Update: IPFW is coming off a 67-64 win at Denver, which kept the Mastodons atop the Summit League standings. The Coyotes and Mastodons are the only two remaining unbeaten teams in league play. IPFW freshman guard Mo Evans exploded in Thursday’s victory. He had a turnover, two fouls and no points in the first half, but he entered the game at the 15:09 mark of the second half and never checked out again. With 10:24 remaining, the Mastodons trailed 40-31 and Evans converted a 3-point play. Over the ensuing 8:34, the Cathedral High School graduate scored 18 points and when he drained his final shot with 1:50 left in the game, IPFW led 60-53 (a 29-13 span). Evans finished the game having missed just one of his seven shots (4 of 5 from 3-point range). It is the first time in two decades that the Mastodons have been 10 games above .500 and only time in its NCAA Division I history. The 15-5 mark is the best 20-game record in program history.
IPFW coach Tony Jasick: “I don’t know if you ever truly know how good a player will be, but we thought Mo could be a guy that could have a major impact on a game when he played, and that he could come in and help us. He plays the game with a really good pace at the offensive end. Mo helps us get out in transition and he finds guys. And then, obviously, he can create some of his own offense. The more positive stories we have, the more it helps in recruiting, whether the player is from Florida, Indianapolis, or Chicago. The more positive stories we have to go back and sell to the next guy or the next coach that we are recruiting a player from, it only helps you. No question, Mo coming to IPFW and having a positive start to his career can only help us in recruiting.”