SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana men's basketball team makes its 2021 home debut Friday and Saturday hosting Concordia-St. Paul inside the Sanford Pentagon. Tip-off on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. while Saturday will start at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on-sale and are available online at GoAugie.com/tickets, by phone (605-312-7900) and in person at the Sanford Pentagon box office. The Pentagon box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to tipoff of games.
About the Vikings
Augustana enters with a 2-2 overall record but fell to 0-2 in the NSIC last weekend at Minnesota State. Senior Tyler Riemersma leads the team at 16 points and 9.3 rebounds per outing and ranks 14th in the nation with a pair of double-doubles through four games. Junior Michael Schaefer tallies 13.5 points while junior Matt Todd and senior Adam Dykman each score 11.3 points per outing.
Dykman had his best game of the young season last Saturday scoring 24 points and hitting three long-range shots. The 24 points were just shy of his career-high of 25 points.
Augustana is currently fourth in the nation with just 9.8 turnovers per game. That follows a trend from last season where the Vikings finished 20th in the country with 11.1 turnovers per game and led the NSIC.
About the Golden Bears
Concordia-St. Paul enters the weekend holding a 1-3 record under the direction of first-year head coach Matt Fletcher. The Golden Bears won the opening game of the season convincingly, 80-56, over Minnesota Crookston but have falling 84-80 in OT to UMC, and were swept by Wayne State 88-76 and 82-60 last weekend.
CSP pushes three in double-figure scoring led by Jax Madson at 11.8 points per game. He is joined by Carlos Barela and Jacob Shields at 10.8 and 10.5 points per game, respectively. Marcus Skeete and Barela lead the team with 5.5 rebounds per outing. On average, the Golden Bears tally 74 points per game while giving up 77.5.
The Golden Bears were tabbed sixth in the NSIC South Division Preseason Coaches' Poll with 15 points. Coincidentally, that is where CSP finished in last year's standings.
How to Watch
Tickets are on-sale in a limited quantity at GoAugie.com/Tickets, at the Sanford Pentagon box office (weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by phone at 605-312-7900.
The newly launched NSIC Network will carry every basketball game this season for free. In addition to watching online, fans can view the games through apps on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku. Search for "NSIC Network" to find the app on your relevant device.
One Last Thing
Augustana has won 17-straight games against Concordia-St. Paul and 22 of the last 24 contests. In fact, Augustana has won 11 straight games in Sioux Falls against the Golden Bears and hold a 12-1 record in home contests. The lone loss was a five-point overtime loss in 2004.