South Dakota State: Ready for the Tournament

Midco Sports Network's David Brown is in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the South Dakota State men's basketball team prepares for its matchup with Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He spoke with several members of the team to get their take on the game and the season. 

Seniors (and graduate transfers) Michael Orris and A.J. Hess discuss the up-and-down season, being roommates and the one moment where the season turned around.

Point guard Michael Orris discusses his own struggles and the team's struggles before righting the ship and turning the season around.

Hear a first-hand account from SDSU point guard Michael Orris as he describes the play that led to his game-winning jumper with 1.4 seconds left in the Summit League Tournament semifinals vs. South Dakota.

Senior A.J. Hess talks about returning to Utah (before transferring to SDSU, he played at Southern Utah), why he chose South Dakota State and the mindset of the 1 vs. 16 game.

SDSU players Mike Daum, Reed Tellinghuisen, and Michael Orris discuss the slow start to the season and how their love for the game never wavered even in the face of adversity.

SDSU head coach T.J. Otzelberger discusses whether his own experience or his players' experience in the big dance matters for this game.

Head coach T.J. Otzelberger discusses the 16 vs. 1 seed problem, why it doesn't matter and why his team deserves to be here.

Hear from head coach TJ Otzelberger, Mike Daum and Reed Tellinghuisen on how rebounding has been key to their turnaround.

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