SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Utah State has been added to the impressive eight-team field competing in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, November 25-27 at the Sanford Pentagon, tournament officials announced Monday.
The Aggies will play three games in the event, beginning with a first round matchup against Wichita State, Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic is a new event that also includes Creighton, Saint Mary’s, Memphis, South Dakota State, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Wichita State. All 12 games will air live on the ESPN family of networks.
A limited number of tickets are available to the general public. Fans can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com. For information on purchasing suites, contact Mallory Shurtz at email@example.com. Masks are required for all spectators and will be available for free at the door.
USU returns seven letterwinners from a season ago, including three starters in junior center Neemias Queta, junior forward Justin Bean and junior wing Brock Miller. Both Queta and Bean were named to the MW All-Defensive Team during the 2019-20 campaign and will combine to form one of the most formidable front courts in the Mountain West. Bean, a third-team all-MW selection last season, is the only player in the MW that is returning that averaged a double-double last year, turning in 11.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Queta, the 2019 MW Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, returns completely healthy after an injury slowed his 2019-20 campaign.
As a team, Utah State enters the 2020-21 season looking to become just the third team in Mountain West history to win three-straight conference tournament championships, having won back-to-back tournament championships each of the past two seasons.
This will be Utah State’s first trip to the Sanford Pentagon. Head coach Craig Smith returns to South Dakota after serving as the head coach of the University of South Dakota from 2014-2018.
"We are thrilled to be participating in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover event," Smith said. "This event will have an NCAA Tournament vibe and will be first class in every aspect. The Sanford Pentagon is a unique, state-of-the-art arena that oozes with nostalgia and honors the history of the great game of basketball.
"Complete Sports Management, led by Lea Miller, is held in the highest regard in the basketball world for hosting amazing tournaments," he continued. "With Sanford Health, a pioneer in the health and medical field, I can speak with first-hand knowledge that our team, and every team participating, will have a tremendous experience and are in great hands with safety and health as the highest priority. We are looking forward to a fantastic experience."
All-time against the field, USU is 2-2 against Creighton, 4-1 against South Dakota State, 1-2 against Texas A&M and 6-5 against St. Mary’s. West Virginia and Memphis would be first-time opponents for the Aggies.
BAD BOY MOWERS CROSSOVER CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Wednesday, November 25
1 p.m. – West Virginia vs. Texas A&M (ESPN)
3:30 p.m. – Saint Mary's vs. Memphis (ESPN/ESPN2)
6 p.m. – Creighton vs. South Dakota State (ESPN2)
8:30 p.m. – Utah State vs. Wichita State (ESPN2)
Thursday, November 26
11 a.m. – Semifinal No. 1 (ESPN)
1:30 p.m. – Semifinal No. 2 (ESPN)
4 p.m. – Consolation Semifinal No. 1 (ESPN/ESPN2)
6:30 p.m. – Consolation Semifinal No. 2 (ESPN2)
Friday, November 27
12:30 p.m. – Championship (ESPN)
3 p.m. – 5th or 7th place (ESPN2/ESPNU)
5:30 p.m. – 5th or 7th place (ESPN2/ESPNU)
8 p.m. – 3rd place (ESPN2)