When it comes to South Dakota State, a lot of talk surrounds Mike Daum.
While it’s warranted, guard George Marshall brings a wealth of experience.
Prior to his time with South Dakota State, Marshall began his collegiate career in the Big Ten with Wisconsin. The guard came to the Badgers after a stellar high school career at Chicago Brooks College Prep (Ill.)
During his freshman campaign in Madison, Marshall played significant minutes off of coach Bo Ryan’s bench. He averaged 4.1 points-per-game and one assist in 15.8 minutes-per-game for the Badgers.
After just two games the following season, Marshall decided to transfer to South Dakota State where he would receive more ample playing time.
During his past two seasons with the Jackrabbits, Marshall has averaged 14.1 ppg to go along with 3.6 rebounds-per-game and 2.5 apg. He is second on the team in scoring and is one of the key players that Maryland will have to watch out for on Friday afternoon.
Marshall is a primary ball-handler that is extremely crafty. While he runs the offense quite a bit for the Jackrabbits, Marshall certainly has the flair and ability to carry the scoring load.
Marshall scored double-digit points in 23 games this season and only failed to do so in four games. He missed six games due to a foot injury in December.
His best game came on Jan. 14 when Marshall scored 28 points (11-of-15) and grabbed five rebounds against IPFW. While Marshall can be a facilitator at times, this is a guy that definitely can be a scorer if the situations arises.
One of the biggest advantages against Maryland will be Marshall’s NCAA Tournament experience with the Badgers. Marshall is one of two Jackrabbits with NCAA Tournament experience with the other being guard Jake Bittle.
During the 2012-13 season, South Dakota State lost in the Second Round to Michigan. While Bittle only played eight minutes in that game, much like Marshall, he can help his teammates prepare for Friday’s game by making sure they’re calm.
Marshall is a very versatile guard that could cause a lot of problems for the Terps. With his big game experience, he could be South Dakota State’s biggest asset on Friday.