Pierre’s Severyn ready for final NCAA Tournament
For the third straight year, and the fifth time in the past seven years, the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits are NCAA Tournament bound, having defeated the University of South Dakota Coyotes 97-87 on Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s game saw senior forward Lane Severyn, a Pierre T.F. Riggs grad, have five points and three rebounds. A few weeks prior, Severyn had a career night on in the Jacks’ home finale, scoring a career high 14 points and nabbing eight rebounds versus the Coyotes. With the Jacks clinching of an NCAA Tournament berth, Severyn said he looks forward to seeing who they’ll play next.
“We’ll have to wait until Selection Sunday,” Severyn told the Capital Journal. “I’ve seen projections of us being a no. 13 seed or a no. 12 seed. I guess we’ll find out when that time comes.”
Beings as this is the third time the Jackrabbits have made it to the tournament in the five years that Severyn has been at SDSU, there’s a lot of experience there. Last season saw the Jacks get blown out by eventual runner-up Gonzaga in the first round. The year before that, the Jacks lost 79-74 to Maryland in the first round. According to various different projections, the Jacks, who have a team record 28 wins, will be a no. 12 or no. 13 seed, with projected matchups against Clemson, Gonzaga or West Virginia.
“Given that we’ve been there before, we’ve look at it as another opportunity to represent our school,” Severyn said. “We know what’s it’s like to lose big, and lose by a little. We’ve just got to out there, play our game and try to win.”
With this tournament being the final one of his career, Severyn said he’s just going to go out there and play the game that he loves.
“I’m just going to go out there and play basketball,” Severyn said. “I’ve had a really fun career playing on this team. I don’t have any post-basketball plans as of right now. It’s all about playing for this team and this coaching staff.”
The Jacks will find out officially who they will play on the Selection Sunday Special on TBS at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Selection Sunday will be a tad different this season. In past years, the bracket matchups and locations were revealed one right after the other. This year, all 68 tournament teams will be revealed before matchups and locations.