Cougars Host Hardrockers Saturday at the Stewart Center
The University of Sioux Falls men's basketball continues their non-conference homestand, hosting South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Saturday November 17 at the Stewart Center. The Cougars look to extend their series win streak to six straight. They defeated the Hardrockers three times last season to make the series 43-37, USF. Please see the related links box for a complete version of this week's notes.
Live Stream: Sioux Falls will provide a free live stream of Saturday's matchup at http://nmtvsports.com
Radio: KWSN (1230 AM) will air Saturday’s game. Player interviews and the Chris Johnson pregame show airs 15 minutes prior to tip-off.Tom Frederick will provide the play-by-play.
Links to live audio, stats and video stream can be found here
• USF head coach Chris Johnson is a perfect 5-0 all-time versus SDSM&T.
• USF held Mayville State to just 14 points in the first half last week.
• Both squads come in 1-0 on the season
• Saturday marks the fourth matchup between these two intuitions this calendar year.
• The Cougars haven't loss a home contest in 16 games. Their last defeat at home came February 9, 2011 against Dordt.
• A.J. Holland enters the game 8 assists shy of the 100-career mark.
• James Rader claims a career average of 10.5 points per game and .700 shooting percentage all-time against SDSM&T.
• USF had an uncharacteristic day at the line Saturday, where they finished 14-of-21 (.667). They posted a season mark of 78% in 2011.
• Combined, 10 players total logged time in USF and SDSM&T's last game on March 1, 2012, when the Cougars advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Transitional Tournament with a 77-63 victory at Black Hills State.
• The Cougars won all three 2011-12 meetings with the Hardrockers by an average of 13.7 points (box scores page 7).
About South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Extremely familiar with USF basketball, SDSM&T like USF, carries a 1-0 record into this weekend's contest. Their game was a little closer last week, as they rallied from an early second period deficit to pick up a 79-71 win over the Lopers of Nebraska-Kearney. With the exception of scoring defense, their season numbers, based on one game, are nearly identical to that of the Cougars. They are connecting on 44% of their field goals, 33% from 3-point range, and also outrebounded their first opponent.
Last Meeting (USF vs. SDSM&T)
All nine players that touched the floor for USF marked the score sheet in the second half, where the Cougars shot a blistering 68% from the field and a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc to record a 14-point win over the Hardrockers.
USF also saw four player post double-digits. Maxwell led USF with 15 points, while Rader and Kielpinski added 13 and 11, respectively.
USF has a quick turnaround, hosting Waldorf Colllege Tuesday November 20 at 8 p.m.