Baylor 68 South Dakota State 60
Baylor: Scott Drew
South Dakota State: Scott Nagy
This is South Dakota State's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in this their fourth year of eligibility since they became a full Division I member.
Baylor Coach Scott Drew: I know our guys were prepared for a very good game. South Dakota State coming in, we had a lot of respect. We knew they were a great team and we're pleased to get the win. I think in the beginning of the game we showed our jitters a little bit, then after that, I was very pleased with how we calmed down and got back to playing basketball.
South Dakota State Coach Scott Nagy: The thing about it is even though things didn't go well for us and weren't going well for us most of the game, and most of our guys just didn't play at the top of their game, our kids didn't quit. I was really proud of them of that. But, you know, that's of little consolation when you're talking to kids after a game like that.
(on whether or not they were concerned about the game's outcome when they fell behind early)
Baylor Guard Brady Heslip: No, not at all. We've started games sloppy before this year, and we found the resolve to come back. Today was no different. We knew that was a great team, and we didn't think they were going to come out there and just give the game to us. We were ready for a 40-minute fight.
Baylor Guard Brady Heslip: They really came out swinging and knocking down shots and making some great plays and playing unselfish. So none of that (upset talk) crossed our minds. We knew we were going to re-gather ourselves and rebound from it.
(on falling behind 19-7 in the first seven minutes)
Baylor Guard Pierre Jackson: They came out there swinging, knocking down open shots, knocking down contested 3s. Coach called a timeout, and we had to re-gather ourselves, and we switched to man. A.J. (Walton) came in and brought the defensive punch that we needed, and we got stops and got the lead.
The #3 seed Baylor Bears play in the Big 12 Conference. They entered the tournament with a record of 27-7. They finished tied for third in the conference with a record of 12-6. They qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection. Baylor University is located in Waco, Texas.
The #14 seed South Dakota State Jackrabbits play in the Summit League. They entered the tournament with a record of 27-7. They finished second in the league with a record of 15-3. They received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Summit League Tournament. South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, South Dakota.