Jacks Return Home to Face North Dakota

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Colton Prince, Sports Reporter

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The Jackrabbits (19-6, 10-1) return home this weekend for a one-game homestand against the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota (9-14, 3-7).

Since their last meeting, the Jackrabbits have continued their winning ways defeating the likes of North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, and Denver. North Dakota has been struggling the last few games as they have fallen in three of the last four games, defeating Western Illinois.

Despite being tied for seventh in the league standing, the Fighting Hawks gave the Jackrabbits a run for their money when they last met up in Grand Forks last month. In a 78-74 victory, the Jackrabbits had to fight until the end as the Fighting Hawks had a lead for a majority of the first half.

“They are a team with great offensive pace and flow.” SDSU head coach Otzelberger said. “They have got veteran guards and a couple guys who started at some bigger schools, some transfers. They are a team that really gets out in transition. They are very offensive minded.”

Cortez Seales & Marlon Stewart

Seales, a senior guard from Eldridge, Iowa. He has been a key player for the Hawks throughout his college career.

Stewart, a junior guard who transferred from Creighton after his freshman year, has been enjoying his fair share of success as well throughout his junior campaign.

Both players have been averaging over 12 points per game with an average as more than three assists per game as well.

Last time the Jacks played the Hawks, Cortez and Seales scored a combined for 37 of the Hawks 74 points.

“They are veteran guys, they are really athletic guards. They are guys that can make plays off the dribble and finish at the rim and knock down shots,” Otzelberger said.

Conner Avants

Avants, a 6-foot-8-inch center who is a major senior leader for the team throughout his season as a Fighting Hawk.

Now in his senior campaign, Avants has been putting up great numbers averaging 12.4 points per game shooting 62 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the charity stripe.

Despite all of this, Avants is nursing an injury over the past three games as he has not played for the Hawks since their loss to North Dakota State back in January.

“It would appear he would be back for our game this weekend, but don’t know that for sure,” Otzelberger said.

Tipoff against North Dakota is scheduled for 4:15 in Frost Arena, live tweets can be found @CollegianSports on Twitter.