South Dakota State forward Mike Daum is an offensive force that can could potentially lead the Jackrabbits past the Buckeyes. He’s a NBA prospect because of his ability to stretch the floor.
They call him “The Dauminator” and for good reason, the two-time Summit League player of the year can do it all.
Daum is currently averaging 23.8 points per game, good enough for No. 6 in the nation. He also is a beast on the boards averaging 10.4 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, no player on Ohio State averages double digits in rebounds.
The 6-foot-9 junior can score from anywhere on the floor. On the season, Daum is shooting an eye-popping 42.1 percent from three.
Daum’s play this season has helped lead South Dakota State to a third-straight Summit League Championship and NCAA Tournament Appearance.
However, the Jackrabbits are still searching for their first win in the NCAA Tournament, overall they are 0-4 in the big dance. South Dakota State will have to go through a battle-tested Ohio State team and their many experienced players.
The Buckeyes will most likely have Bates-Diop guard Daum in what could be one of the most exciting match-ups of the tournament.
Keita Bates-Diop shared his thoughts about the upcoming game:
“It’s tournament time. Win or go home. When you come to a school like this, you come to play.”
Ohio State has a chance to make a run in the tournament but they need to take care of business first.
If the Buckeyes manage to stop Daum and the Jackrabbits, they will most likely see No. 4 seed Gonzaga in the second round. Gonzaga crushed the Buckeyes 85-59 earlier in the season.