Men's Basketball


No. 3 Pioneers Set for Summit League Semifinal Showdown with No. 2 Coyotes

March 5, 2018


(15-14, 8-6 SL)


South dakota

(25-7, 11-3 SL)

Monday, March 5, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. MT
Sanford PREMIER Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

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Match-up History
• This is the 15th meeting in the all-time series.
• Denver leads the series 8-6 over South Dakota.
• The teams split the season series, with each winning on their homecourt.
• The Pioneers took the last meeting, winning 84-68 back on Jan. 27.
• That loss by the Coyotes tied for their worst of the season with Duke.
• The Crimson and Gold are 1-0 against USD all-time in the Summit League, winning first-ever Summit League tournament game 71-55 back on Mar. 9, 2014.

About Denver
• The Pioneers are averaging 73.6 points per game in 2017-18.
• Denver is shooting 47.9 percent from the field, second in the Summit League and 38th in the country.
• The Pioneers are limiting their foes to 43.1 percent shooting this year.
• DU has stopped teams from being effective from deep against them, holding opponents to just 33.2 percent shooting from 3 this year, second in the Summit League.
• Denver knocks down 7.2 3s a game this season.
• The Pioneers are connecting from beyond the arc at a 41.0 percent clip, good for first in the Summit League and seventh in the country.
• DU is outrebounding its opponents by 5.9 a game, first in the Summit League and 23rd in the NCAA.
• Denver is handing out 15.4 assists per game in 2017-18, first in the Summit League.
Joe Rosga leads the team in scoring, putting up 16.5 points a night for DU, that also ranks sixth in the Summit League.
Daniel Amigo is right behind Rosga in scoring, putting up 15.3 points a game, ninth in the Summit League.
• Amigo also is averaging a team-high 6.5 rebounds on the season, seventh in the Summit League.
• Amigo ranks fifth in the Summit League in field-goal percentage at 52.4 percent.
• Amigo has been solid so far this year, racking up six double-doubles, tied for fourth in the Summit League.
• Rosga ranks fourth in the Summit League in 3s made per game, knocking down 2. a contest.
• Rosga has been automatic from the foul line this year, making 90.1 percent of his free throws, the highest percentage in the Summit League and 13th in all of Division I.
Jake Pemberton has been dialed in from deep all year, ranking second in the Summit League in 3-point percentage at a 45.9 percent clip (56-for-122).

About South Dakota
• The Coyotes are currently 25-7 on the season and 11-3 in the Summit League.
• South Dakota is averaging 81.0 points per contest in 2017-18, third in the Summit League.
• USD gives up 67.5 points a night, which ranks number one in the Summit League.
• The Coyotes are knocking down 48.2 percent of their shots this season, first in the Summit League.
• South Dakota has been good at holding teams to tough shots, as foes are shooting 41.0 percent against them this year, first in the Summit League.
• The Coyotes are averaging 13.5 assists per game.
• USD is making 6.8 3s a game in 2017-18.
• Matt Mooney is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 18.2 points per game, fourth in the Summit League.
• Mooney has knocked down 69 3s on the season at a 36.7 percent clip.
• Tyler Hagedorn is second on the team in scoring with a 13.2 average.

The Long Ranger
• DU has at least one 3-pointer in 373 straight games, dating back to Feb. 2, 2006.

Two Of A Kind
• Both Rosga and Amigo were recognized for their great seasons this year by the Summit League, with both earning all-league honors.
• Rosga was selected to the first team, while Amigo made the second team.
• For Rosga, he becomes the first Denver player to make the first team since teammates Brett Olson and Chris Udofia made it back in 2014.
• Amigo’s second-team selection makes it two years in a row the senior has been chosen to the second team.

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