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NCAA Tournament 2016: Meet South Dakota State, Maryland basketball's 1st-round opponent

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A quick look at Maryland's first - but maybe not last - tournament opponent.

Freshman Mike Daum leads the Jackrabbits with 15.2 points per game.
Freshman Mike Daum leads the Jackrabbits with 15.2 points per game.
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Maryland is the No. 5 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. It's easy to look ahead to California in the round of 32 as the Terps' first challenge of the bracket, but they have to win in the round of 64 first.

First, the Terps will take on No. 12 seed South Dakota State in Spokane, Wash., this Friday. Here's what you need to know about the 2015-16 Summit League Champions:

Fun facts about South Dakota State

School size: 12,589 students, according to the school's website.

Season record: 26-7 (12-4 Summit League)

Mascot: Jackrabbit. Maryland already had some fun with this one.

NCAA Tournament history: Two appearances, in 2012 and 2013. Lost in the first round both times.

Former SDSU player you might remember: Nate Wolters, who led the team to both of its tournament berths and was drafted by the Wizards with the 38th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He's not in the NBA anymore, but hey, that's still something.

Player to know: Mike Daum, forward. The freshman is the Jackrabbits' leading scorer, and has the team's highest field goal percentage among players who take more than one shot per game.

KenPom ranking: 80th, which is the 52nd-best out of teams that made the tournament.

Average height: 76.5 inches, good for 203rd in the country. Maryland ranks fourth.

Years as a Divison-I program: 13. The Jackrabbits made the jump from Division II in 2004.

SDSU also beat Minnesota, which, as you may recall, Maryland did not. Welcome to March, people.

For more on South Dakota State, go here.