After capturing their second straight Summit League Title the Jackrabbits gathered at Cubbys in Brookings with their fans. There they watched and waited until their name was called to play the Michigan Wolverines in Auburn Hills Michigan on Thursday.
"It's exciting, a twice in a life time thing I guess. You can't describe the feeling you get when you're playing with this kind of guys. It's a great group of guys and a fun time," said Jordan Dykstra.
And the fun is just beginning as the Jacks can now digest film on one of the top teams in the country and plan for playing in their backyard.
"It's kind of a taste of our own medicine I think. Playing in Sioux Falls we got the home crowd advantage. Now we're going up to Michigan, Auburn Hills, and they will probably draw a very good crowd up there. It'll be important that we utilize our experience because it is going to be boisterous there with all of the Michigan fans," said Tony Fiegen.
Aside from the game the country will be watching two of the nations top point guards in Michigan's Trey Burke and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters. A challenge Wolters is looking forward to.
"I mean it's a team game so we're just trying to win the game. It's obviously fun to play against one of the top point guards in the country for myself. I get to compare myself to him and it should be fun," said Nate Wolters.
As the 13 seed the Jackrabbits knew they would get a tough draw, but don't for a minute think they aren't feeling confident.
"They're a really talented team. We knew we were going to play a good team regardless of who we were matched up with. We're just looking forward to the opportunity and hopefully we can make the most of it," said Wolters.