PREVIEW: South Dakota State men and women at Summit League Tournament

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. ( — The Summit League Basketball Tournament opens play this weekend at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota State (27-4, 18-0) became the first men’s team in league history to go unbeaten in regular-season action to earn the number one seed.

Jackrabbit Coach Eric Henderson says the team is excited for the opportunity to improve on the success of the regular season:

SDSU will face the eight seed Omaha in the opening round of the Summit Tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Jacks have two wins over the Mavericks this season. Coach Henderson says he expects Omaha to continue to play with a great pace:

The South Dakota State (21-8, 17-1) women captured a share of the regular-season title and are the one seed at the Summit Tournament.

The Jacks will head into the tournament without Paige Meyer. Haley Greer and Lindsey Theuninck will step into the guard role this weekend. Coach Aaron Johnston says the Jacks are lucky to have that kind of experience stepping up:

Coach Johnston says his team is hungry for the atmosphere of the tournament:

SDSU owns two wins this season over their opening-round opponent eight-seeded Denver. Coach Johnston talks about the Pioneers:

12:30 p.m. tip Saturday.

Games can be heard in the Watertown area on our sister station 910 AM The Ranch.