Tom Nieman

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SDSU will beat Missouri in Football

Just kidding. The Jacks get it on this Saturday in the mighty SEC with a game at Missouri to open the season. Mizzou is ranked #24 in the FBS pre-season poll. The Tigers went 12-2 last year. They beat Georgia. They beat Florida. They beat Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. They beat Auburn 59-42 in the SEC championship game… and then beat Oklahoma...

Survey Says...???

I just completed the SDHSAA State Events Survey.  Very interesting. It is on the Activities Association website ( and will be there through the end of May. The survey “seeks to understand your opinion on the South Dakota high school tournaments and events.” As Mick Garry reported...
Filed Under Basketball

Plan B

"Don't know what you got 'til it's gone." - Cinderella (the hair band) "Make the most of every opportunity." - The Bible Well, our girl SDSU did not make the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament this year. She got bounced in the semis of the Summit League tournament... by her biggest rival, no less... which made it hurt even more. So after 5...
Filed Under South Dakota State University

Summit League ( ) of the Year Awards

I hate “If the season ended today” scenarios because they are dumb… so I’m just going to call this the Season So Far Awards. We are just over three weeks away from the tip of the Summit League tournament… each team has 5 or 6 games left in the regular season… but we’ve got a pretty good idea of who’s got what. The league will name 5 “of the...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Summit MBB (OK, Denver IS pretty good)

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, right?  But often, the second look is the most (or at least more) accurate. I saw Denver play at South Dakota in the Summit League opener.  USD won 59-54.  Denver was not awful, but they were...... just there.  Brett Olson made some shots and had 22, but nobody else left an impression......
Filed Under Basketball | College