After all the Howards and Gardners and Webbs, here comes a state university men’s basketball team to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The South Dakota Coyotes play Iowa Tuesday night in another of the Hawkeyes’ list of home-game walkovers. USD is 4-4. Its victories are over North Carolina Central, IUPUI, and NAIA schools Culver-Stockton and Waldorf College.
The Coyotes didn’t fare as well against Southern, Wyoming, Western Illinois and Gonzaga. In fact, they lost to the latter by the unsightly score of 96-58.
USD was 10-18 last season, 5-13 in the Summit League. Its average crowd over three home games is 1,243.
The Coyotes’ leading scorer is guard Juevol Myles. He is the only person I’ve ever heard of with the name “Juevol.” He took an interesting route to Vermillion, S.D. He is from Ajax, Ontario. He led Pickering High School in Pickering, Ontario. to a Canadian Provincial title and a national title.
Myles played one season at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, then one season at Kansas State. Then he transferred to USD. In eight games this season, he has 32 defensive rebounds and zero offensive rebounds.
I want to say something good about this team, and it’s this: It shoots 76.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Here’s something else: Freshman forward Tyler Flack has 21 blocked shots in eight games. He’ll get a chance to swat Woodbury’s hook shot Tuesday night. It’s a tough shot to block.
I don’t remember anyone ever blocking a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sky hook. That was the prettiest thing I ever saw in basketball.
(UPDATE: Former Drake sports information director Mike Mahon has reminded me that Drake’s 6-foot-8 Rick Wanamaker, a future NCAA decathlon champion, blocked a then-Lew Alcindor hook shot in the semifinals of the 1969 Final Four. UCLA nipped the Bulldogs in that game, 85-82. Oh, if Drake had won that game. It did clobber North Carolina in the NCAA’s third-place game, 104-84.