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DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T BLAME LAW-ABIDING GUN OWNERS America has two gun cultures By Frank Miniter
hen a mass murder happens in our country, like so many Americans I wring my hands and look for answers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for anything that will stop these monsters. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to speak out at these times, because as Ecclesiastes correctly tells us there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a time to every purpose under the heaven,â&#x20AC;? including â&#x20AC;&#x153;a time to mourn.â&#x20AC;? But then someone kicks me in the shin. This time it was CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, saying on CNNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Dayâ&#x20AC;? that the National Rifle Association and gun owners donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to tell the truth about guns. No, the truth that is many in the media refuse to cover the truth about guns and the gun cultures in America. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to admit there are two wildly different gun cultures in our country. One is the freedomloving, gun-rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport and self-defense. The other is the criminal culture that thrives in the places where government restricts gun rights. Not acknowledging that the two cultures exist separately, and instead pretending le-
gal gun owners are responsible for crimes committed by the illegal gun culture in America, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a lie. It is getting good people killed. In the most recent mass murder last week at a Florida high school, where 14 students and three adults were killed, the FBI failed in its responsibility â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not guns or gun owners. That was hardly an anomaly. In many other cases a murderer should have been denied legal access to guns, but the bureaucracy failed us. In other cases, from Columbine High School in Colorado to the Pulse nightclub in Florida, law enforcement opted not to charge in to stop the carnage. They had their own safety in mind, but nevertheless this tells a person who carries concealed that they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t depend on law enforcement during such a scenario. And no matter how good a job law enforcement agencies do, police cannot be everywhere at all times when criminals may decide to begin murdering innocents. Because of this, disarming responsible and law-abiding gun owners to take away their ability to defend themselves and others is dangerous, and can result in greater loss of lives.
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Meanwhile, the big lie being pushed in the media is that guns and the freedom enjoyed by Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than 100 million law-abiding gun owners are somehow to blame for murders. That narrative alienates gun owners and misdirects resources away from solving real problems. Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gun owners arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the problem. They are allies in the fight to stop criminals who use guns. Blaming guns also isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rational. First of all because guns donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t commit crimes all by themselves, but also because rifles of all types are used in less than 3 percent of murders each year in the U.S., according to FBI uniform crime reports. Semiautomatic firearms arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even new â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they are a late 19th century invention. The AR-15 (called an â&#x20AC;&#x153;assault weaponâ&#x20AC;? in the media, though that is a meaningless political moniker) was first sold to U.S. citizens in 1963, the same year the U.S. Army began buying M16s from Colt. Semiautomatic firearms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; pistols, rifles and shotguns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are the most popular sold today for hunting, self-defense and target shooting. As the 1994 law banning assault weapons showed, there is no real way to even define what constitutes an â&#x20AC;&#x153;assault weapon,â&#x20AC;? other than by deciding to ban whatever looks
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RETHINKING 10 PAST OSCAR BEST PICTURES ...and movies that should have won
tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an Oscar moment so crazy, everybody knows it by one word: Envelopegate. A year ago at the Academy Awards, the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;La La Landâ&#x20AC;? was named best picture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and then it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, when the correct envelope revealed indie drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moonlightâ&#x20AC;? as the true winner. It was as if the gods of cinema inserted themselves to make sure the right movie was honored rather than the one with the guy trying to save jazz. This incident is unlikely to happen again in our lifetimes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it took 89 times to happen in the first place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but on the eve of another movie joining the ranks at the 90th Oscars, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rethinking past works deemed best picture and the films that should have conquered them.
Orson Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizen Kaneâ&#x20AC;? won just one Oscar in 1942 for its screenplay. It should have won Best Picture.
â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which took five Academy Awards to 1974 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? lone screenplay win â&#x20AC;&#x201D; getting Did win: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Stingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Perhaps the most egregious mistake the nod over Orson Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; epic about an Shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Exorcistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; came relatively early in Oscars history, eccentric media mogul that is widely reBoth were huge hits that came in with with John Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coal-country drama garded as the best movie ever made. 10 nominations, and Robert Redford and Paul Newmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ragtime-tinged con-man caper was the safe choice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcistâ&#x20AC;? was the true standout, a fright-fest masterpiece about faith and innocence thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scared the socks off folks for four decades.
Did win: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How Green Was My Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Citizen Kaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;
Did win: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kramer vs. Kramerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Apocalypse Nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;
Did win: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Chariots of Fireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Raiders of the Lost Arkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;
One was a true-life story of Olympic athletes that we remember now mostly because of its catchy theme song. The other was a rip-roaring, two-fisted and hugely influential ode to the serial adventures of yesteryear â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with an adventurous archaeologist on the hunt for the Ark of the Covenant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that took pop culture by storm. And a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raidersâ&#x20AC;? win would have been a game-changer for blockbusters.
Not to take anything away from the wrenching look at divorce with Dustin 1986 Hoffman and Meryl Streep, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;Apoca- Did win: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Out of Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lypse Nowâ&#x20AC;? was unlike any war film that Shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Color Purpleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; came before it, an operatic and grandiThe epic romance with Robert Redose episode that delved into the horrors, ford and Meryl Streep in colonial Kenya physical and otherwise, inherent on the BEST PICTURES, continued on Page 12 battlefield.
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ile Highâ&#x20AC;? Idyllwild (altitude 1.6 km) and Tahquitz Rock, often called Lily Rock, have received worldwide recognition from rock climbers since the 1930s. In 1947, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;difficulty of climbâ&#x20AC;? scale, based on Tahquitz Rock, was established. After the ascent of Half Dome in 1957, the Sierra Club tweaked the values and the ratings, which became known as the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS). Note: Tahquitz Rock is rated 5.9 and Half Dome is 5.12.
The arts community continues to flourish, and in 1998, Idyllwild was named one of100 Best Small Art Towns in America. Today, there are approximately 4,000 year-round residents. An additional 2,000 people live there part-time.
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Idyllwild was once the summer home for migrating bands of the desert-dwelling Cahuilla Indians. The area was originally named Strawberry Valley by shepherds who regularly brought their flocks to graze. By the 1880s to early 1900s, there was an arts academy, as well as a sawmill, toll road, post office and tuberculosis sanatorium. Tourists from southern California started showing up. From the 1930s to 1950s, Idyllwild was further settled by buyers of second homes and became famous for the production of hand crafted â&#x20AC;&#x153;knotty pineâ&#x20AC;? furniture. In the 1960s and 1970s, hippies (including LSD guru Timothy Leary) discovered Idyllwild, much to the consternation of the locals.
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Idyllwild is a mecca for outdoor sports, including rock climbing, hiking, trail running and walking. There are almost 500 routes around Tahquitz Rock and its neighbor, Suicide Rock. Additionally, there is horseback riding, camping, fishing, bouldering and mountain biking. In the village, pick up an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Explore Idyllwild Mapâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Explore Idyllwild Directory.â&#x20AC;? In town you will find restaurants, bars, boutiques, a bakery, gift shops, antique stores and art galleries galore. You will hear live music everywhere. A worthwhile stop is the award-winning Historical Society Museum. Make certain to follow the trail of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Idyllwild Deer Sightings,â&#x20AC;? a public art project sponsored by the Art Alliance of Idyll-
Tahquitz Rock, or Lily Rock, has been a favorite for climbers since the 1930s.
wild. There are 21 deer sculptures, made hour, daily specials, down-home cookfrom recycled aluminum and painted by ing, generous portions, live music and, of course, a pool table. 12 local artists. Dinner at IDYology was lots of fun. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s IDYLLWILD, continued on Page 12 a classic honky-tonk complete with happy
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SCHOOLS WITH MARCH MADNESS CINDERELLA POTENTIAL Seven teams poised to blow up your bracket By David Kenyon | Bleacher Report
hen brackets are busted and several favorites have been eliminated from the NCAA tournament, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college basketball fans regularly hitch their fandom wagons to the upstart program making a run. The 2018 tournament is approaching, so which mid-majors are most likely to emerge as the darling of March Madness? Experience tends to prove critical for surprise teams, as does three-point shooting and efficient offense. Teams considered are not members of the AAC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC. We also excluded yearly contender Gonzaga, recent standout Middle Tennessee and a trio of teams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rhode Island, Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Nevada â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that New Mexico Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to shut down the three-point game and limit second-chance opportunities make the Aggies a nightmare to face. have been ranked in the AP Top 25 at least five times in 2017-18. Largely because of that three-point its last 18 outings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all but one of which Belmont has six players averaging at least 6.7 points per game, and four â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dylan prowess, the Bruins rank third nationally came without Lamb, whose 16.8 points Windler, Amanze Egekeze, Austin Luke and with a 59.1 effective field-goal percentage. and 6.0 rebounds per game lead the team. Belmont Bruins Belmont owns victories over VanderErnie (40.8 percent on 5.1 attempts Is there anything more annoying for Nick Hopkins â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are connecting at a 39.7 a March Madness favorite than to face clip or better while attempting 5.0 or more bilt, Middle Tennessee and Western Ken- per game) and Everett Duncan (47.3 on an offense with seemingly anybody who threes per game. Kevin McClain also has a tucky, and Washington and Providence 3.1) are great three-point shooters, and needed last-minute efforts to hold off the Payton Henson (40.0 on 2.8) can stretch 35.7 mark on 5.0 attempts per contest. can score? Bruins. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tested, they can shoot, the floor a bit. The Cats rank 33rd in adand theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not an ideal opponent in the justed offensive efficiency, according to Big Dance. KenPom.com. Pending Lambâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s availability, Vermont should be a challenging No. 12 or 13 seed Rider Broncs Though it has a couple of bad losses to dispatch should it emerge from the (Drexel, Monmouth) on its resume, Rider America East. pushed Providence and upset Penn State on the road with a buzzer-beater. Buffalo Bulls The Broncs shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fazed by the Though its depth is a bit lacking, BuffaNCAA environment, provided they outlast lo has created a margin for error because it Iona, Canisius and Monmouth during the doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lean heavily on a dominant scorer. MAAC tournament. Those are the only The Bulls are the only program in the programs to beat Rider in conference play. nation with four players contributing at Five Rider players are averaging 9.7 least 14.9 points per game, and they are points or more per game, and Stevie Jor- led by CJ Massinburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17.0. Nick Perdan has dished 6.0 assists per game. The kins, Jeremy Harris and Wes Clark comBroncs rely on Jordan Allen for perimeter plete that group, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all at least scoring, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notched a commendable decent perimeter shooters (39.4, 33.7, 40.0 three-point percentage while launch- 42.0 and 38.9 percent from long range, ing 7.4 triples per game. respectively). As long as Allen is shooting well, Riderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Bullsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 22 outputs of 80 or more balanced attack could be a serious thorn points are tied with Villanova, Duke and for a top-seeded team having a poor de- South Dakota State for the most in the fensive day. country. Buffalo wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear in the field of 68 without earning the MAC title, especially Vermont Catamounts Will sophomore Anthony Lamb be since its resume includes a couple of bad losses in Kent State and Northern Illihealthy? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an enormous question that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nois. But the Bulls would present a tough be answered. Vermont coach John Beck- matchup in the NCAA tourney. er recently said Lambâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fractured foot is healed and that he could return for the New Mexico State Aggies America East tournament, per Alex AbraDonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss too many shots against New mi of the Burlington Free Press. Mexico State, because you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win on Last season, the Catamounts entered the the glass. Big Dance on a 21-game winning streak The Aggies rank seventh nationally with and tested Purdue in the first round. This BRE #00815358 NMLS #283033 season, Vermont has triumphed in 17 of MARCH MADNESS, continued on Page 12 XXX NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN t OFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN 4 March 1, 2018
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RANCHO BERNARDO GRAD HELPS TRAIN NAVYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BEST By Lt. Bridget Mitchell Navy Office of Community Outreach
FALLON, Nev. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In Nevadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high desert is the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere tactical air warfare training center, home to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, known to the world as TOPGUN. A 2016 Rancho Bernardo High School graduate is part of the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest aviation fighter training facility in the world. Hospitalman Jared Mortel is a hospital corpsman working with the Naval Branch Health Clinic Fallon stationed aboard Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev. A Navy hospital corpsman is responsible for patient check-ins, administering vitals and briefing the primary care provider before medical exams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up in Philippines and moved to California four years ago. My father encouraged me to join the military. I decided the best decision was to join the Navy and pursue a career in the medical field,â&#x20AC;? Mortel said. TOPGUN began 48 years ago with the determination of nine pilots, the skepticism of the government and almost no budget, as history would recall. In the early years it turned the tide of a losing air war in Vietnam, revolutionized military
doctrine, inspired a Hollywood blockbuster and attracted and trained the best allied pilots and air crew from all over the world. Mortel plays a crucial role in the overall mission that flies more than 5,000 adversary sorties per year in support of the Navy and Marine Corp Active and Reserve fleet and replacement squadrons, carrier air wings and marine aircraft groups including the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National guard and Canadian Forces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowhere in the world does the Navy have the ability to train as we do in NAS Fallon. The Navy specifically chose NAS Fallon as the location for Top Gun and the Naval Special Warfare Tactical Ground Mobility Training Center because of the desert climate, mountainous terrain, and sophisticated ranges available in northern Nevada. Every Carrier Air Wing and Navy Seal Team is required to receive the essential training provided here prior to being deployed in theater,â&#x20AC;? said Capt. David Halloran, NAS Fallon commanding officer. According to Navy officials, TOPGUN is highly competitive and exposes Navy and Marine Corp pilots to the most demanding training scenarios in fighter aviation lead by some of the most talented pilots in the world. Each pilot is hand-selected for air-to-air and air-to-ground training and
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Hospitalman Jared Mortel moved to Rancho Bernado from the Philippines four years ago, and graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School in 2016 before joining the Navy.
subsequently, as a TOPGUN instructor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the first in my immediate family to serve in the military,â&#x20AC;? Mortel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of graduating boot camp and hospital corpsman school.â&#x20AC;? Mortel also said they are proud to serve at the center of excellence for naval aviation, training and tactics development.
The future of U.S. aviation depends on the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to achieve their vision for defeating tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s air threats with the support of the ground crews and pilots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m honored to serve in patient care and proud to serve my country as a naturalized citizen. I know my contributions are part of the larger Navy mission,â&#x20AC;? added Mortel.
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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We are â&#x20AC;&#x201D; proudly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a people with no sense of class or caste. We judge no man by his name or inheritance, but by what he does â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and for what he stands.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th. U.S. President Served Jan. 20, 1953 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 20, 1951
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t Morocco declares its independence from France on March 2. t Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic March 23. t The first Lockheed U-2 spy plane flight over the Soviet Union takes place July 4. t Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal on July 26, sparking international condemnation. t The first commercial nuclear power plant
opens Oct. 17 at Calder Hall in England. t Israel invades the Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 29 and pushes Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal. t Fidel Castro and his followers land in Cuba on Dec. 2 in the boat Granma.
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television for the first time.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King and Iâ&#x20AC;? is released.
Feb. 22, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heartbreak Hotel.â&#x20AC;? t Ninety-six congressmen sign the Southern Manifesto on March 12, a protest against the 1954 Supreme Court ruling (Brown v. Board of Education) that desegregated public education. t The Broadway musical My Fair Lady opens March 15 in New York City. t Videotape is first demonstrated April 14 at the 1956 NARTB (now NAB) convention in Chicago by Ampex. t The United Methodist Church in America decides at its General Conference to grant women full ordained clergy status May 2. It also calls for an end to
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racial segregation in the denomination. th t Elvis Presley performs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hound Dogâ&#x20AC;?, on The Milton Berle Show on June 5, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements. He would appear on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ed Sullivan Showâ&#x20AC;? on Sept. 9. t The Flag of the United States Army is formally dedicated June 14. t The film version of Rodgers and Hammersteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King and I,â&#x20AC;? starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, is released June 28. It becomes the most financially successful film version of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical up to that time, and the only one to win an acting Oscar. t Actress Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller on June 29. t At New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Copacabana nightclub, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis perform their last comedy show together July 24. t President Eisenhower signs a resolution of Congress authorizing â&#x20AC;&#x153;In God We Trustâ&#x20AC;? as the national motto July 30. t The hard disk drive is invented Sept. 13 by an IBM team led by Reynold B. Johnson. t Pitcher Don Larsen of the New York Yankees throws the only perfect game in World Series history Oct. 8 in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the
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won over Oscar voters but not critics, who gave â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africaâ&#x20AC;? mixed reviews. The Academy whiffed by not honoring a film with Whoopi Goldbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Globewinning performance, Oprah Winfreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-profile Hollywood debut and Steven Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honest exploration of racism, sexism and domestic violence in the early 20th century.
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The pairing of Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in a heartwarming dramedy about an elderly white woman and her African-American driver took down â&#x20AC;&#x153;Born on the Fourth of July,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Left Footâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Poets Society.â&#x20AC;? Good movies all around, but none as excellent as the cornfed Kevin Costner fantasy that captured the wonders of baseball and, yes, dreams.
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a 55.8 rebounding rate. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also 29th in offensive rebounding percentage, securing 34.4 percent of their own misses. Senior forward Jemerrio Jones is the primary factor down low, averaging 12.7 rebounds per game with 10.7 points and 3.4 assists. Zach Lofton leads NMSU with 19.3 points per game and is one of three other players (Eli Chuha and Johnny McCants) who snatches 4.0 or more boards per game. Additionally, the Aggies boast the 14thstingiest perimeter defense. Their opponents are shooting a mere 30.9 percent from beyond the arc. Its abilities to shut down the three-point game and limit second-chance opportunities make NMSU a nightmare to face.
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South Dakota State is likely familiar to some because of Mike Daum, who carried the program to the Big Dance last year. This season, the sweet-shooting forward has a little more help. David Jenkins Jr. (15.9 points per game) and Reed Tellinghuisen (12.2) are consistent scorers, and they are shooting 38.8 and 39.9 percent from three-point range, respectively, while attempting 6.3 and 4.6 each contest. Along with Daum (23.6 points; 42.4 three-point percentage on 6.2 attempts) and Skyler Flatten (50.5 on 3.2), thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dangerous perimeter group.
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