Summit League titles bring pride back to Brookings and beyond

South Dakota State University Jackrabbit fans all over the region are coming off two massive wins against their biggest in-state rivals.

In two South Dakota showdowns, Tuesday, the SDSU women's basketball team defeated USD 65-50. The men defeated USD 97-87. That brings both Summit League Championship titles back to Brookings.

KSFY News visited Brookings to get a first-hand look at the excitement and pride for the South Dakota Jacks.

"It makes us very proud. We're excited to be a part of it," SDSU fan Kari Karst said.

Kari Karst speaks for a lot of SDSU fans one day after the Summit League Championship games.

"It's exciting. All of these people, the whole state, we have a team that's going to the big dance. it's exciting," Karst said.

Not only exciting for the athletic program but the wins are a huge benefit for the University as a whole.

"South Dakota is kind of overlooked for so long. Now we're there. It's a big deal for South Dakota State," SDSU fan Eric Priesz said.

"We can be prideful of what our university does and all the student-athletes, basketball team especially has a great following. Super coaches, both men's and women's programs. It's an experience that a lot of schools aren't going to get," SDSU fan Gary Isenberg said.

Cubby's Bar and Grill was packed on Wednesday afternoon.

"In a sense, the athletic department and what these teams have done rewards us fans with the success they've had. For us in town, we couldn't ask for anything more than that," Cubby's Owner Gus Theodosopoulos said.

For now, Jacks fans are soaking up the wins knowing full well the work isn't over.

"They're built to have some success in the tournament. I might be a little bias in my opinion. Both the men and women are very talented," Theodosopoulos said.