SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The 2020 NSIC / Sanford Health Men’s & Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals are set following Wednesday night’s first round games. Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will head to the Sanford Pentagon to play 14 game over four days to determine two champions. All the games will be aired live on MidcoSN and streamed online at www.NorthernSun.org/live.
Men’s quarterfinal action will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29 while the women’s quarterfinals will be played on Sunday, March 1. All semifinals will be played on Monday, March 2 with champions being crown Tuesday, March 3. The winner of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Championship.
On the men’s side all the top seeds advances, except for the fifth seed in the south Minnesota State, who knocked off the north fourth seed Bemidji State. The game was played in Mankato, as the Mavericks had a better overall NSIC record to earn the right to host. With the win, all eight home teams won on the men’s side.
On the women’s side Northern State, the fifth seed in the north, knocked off the south four seed Concordia-St. Paul in overtime. Winona State, the fifth seed in the south, won at home over the north’s fourth seed MSU Moorhead as seven of the eight home teams won. Winona State and MSUM had identical league records, but Winona State won this year in Moorhead and earned the right to host.
Tickets are now available for all remaining rounds of the NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament. Stop by the Pentagon Box Office or go to www.TicketMaster.com to get your tickets today.
Sunday, March 1
Noon - (N1) Minnesota Duluth 79, (N5) Northern State 71
2:30 p.m. - (S2) MSU Mankato 81, (N3) UMary 59
5:30 p.m. - (S1) Sioux Falls 71, (S5) Winona State 59
8 p.m. - (N2) St. Cloud State 69, (S3) Augustana 57
Monday, March 2
5:30 p.m. - (S2) MSU Mankato 77, (N1) Minnesota Duluth 80
8 p.m. - (S1) Sioux Falls 59, (N2) St. Cloud State 76
Tuesday, March 3
7:30 p.m. - (N1) Minnesota Duluth vs. (N2) St. Cloud State
Saturday, February 29
Noon - (S4) Augustana 66, (N1) Northern State 68
2:30 p.m. - (S2) Upper Iowa 66, (N3) MSU Moorhead 82
5:30 p.m. - (S1) Sioux Falls 59, (S5) MSU Mankato 60
8 p.m. - (N2) Minnesota Duluth 76, (S3) Winona State 72
Monday, March 2
12 p.m. - (N1) Northern State 81, (N3) MSU Moorhead 65
2:30 p.m. - (S5) MSU Mankato 79, (N2) Minnesota Duluth 73
Tuesday, March 3
5 p.m. - (N1) Northern State vs. (S5) MSU Mankato
*Visit the Sanford Pentagon's Facebook Page for details on our social media contest.
This year, the Sanford Pentagon is giving away one Cole Swindell prize package that includes: Four (4) tickets to the Cole Swindell Concert on March 25, 2020 at the Sanford Pentagon; two (2) hours of free golf, one (1) appetizer, and one (1) entree at Great Shots in Sioux Falls; and a Fifty Dollar ($50) gift certificate to Blue Rock in Sioux Falls.
Contest rules can be found at https://www.sanfordsports.com/contest
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? Blue Rock Bar and Grill is now open with a new space and new menu. The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the venue. One of this year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams. That’s available for viewing on the second level.