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Crossover Classic returns to Sanford Pentagon

11/21/2021, 7:30am CST
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Four Division I men’s college basketball teams will compete in the 2021 Mammoth Sports Construction Crossover Classic, a round-robin event at the Sanford Pentagon, November 22-24.

This year’s field includes South Dakota State University, the University of Washington, the University of Nevada and George Mason University. The four teams have a combined 37 NCAA Tournament appearances and 10 trips to the Sweet 16. All four programs finished in the Top 150 in KenPom rankings last year, a statistical category based off the differential between a team's offensive and defensive ratings.

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The schedule is: 

Nov. 22: Nevada vs. SDSU, 6 p.m.; George Mason vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 23: George Mason vs. Nevada, 6 p.m.; SDSU vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 24: Washington vs. Nevada, 6 p.m.; George Mason vs. SDSU, 8:30 p.m.

“All four of the teams in this field have competed on the NCAA’s biggest stage, and we look forward to having them begin their seasons on Heritage Court,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for the Sanford Sports Complex. “With the addition of fans to this year’s event, the Crossover Classic will reach a new level of excitement and an even better atmosphere for the teams.”

“The Sanford Pentagon is a first-class facility, and we are thrilled to bring elite college basketball back to Sioux Falls,” said Lea Miller-Tooley, tournament director. “The Crossover Classic will be a tremendous opportunity for the student-athletes to showcase their talents on the court while experiencing incredible hospitality from the staff at Sanford Health."

Two-time PAC-12 Coach of the Year, Mike Hopkins, enters his fifth year leading Washington. The Huskies have produced a string of NBA draft picks in the last five years including Isaiah Stewart (No. 16, Portland Trailblazers, 2020), Jaden McDaniels (No. 28, Los Angeles Lakers, 2020), Matisse Thybulle (No. 20, Boston Celtics, 2019), Jaylen Nowell (No. 43, Minnesota Timberwolves, 2019) and Markelle Fultz (No. 1, Philadelphia 76ers, 2017).

“We’re very excited to be a part of the Crossover Classic at the Sanford Pentagon in South Dakota,” said Hopkins. “As a program, we have prided ourselves in building a strong non-conference schedule, and this event is exactly on par with that mindset. It will be a great early season test for us in a unique venue. South Dakota has amazing basketball fans and we’re looking forward to being a part of this event.”

George Mason made a memorable run to the NCAA Final Four in 2006, knocking off perennial powerhouse programs Michigan State, North Carolina and Connecticut. First-year head coach Kim English recently served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee. The former NBA draft pick inherits a Patriots team that returns seven letter-winners and finished last season at 13-9 and sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

“Our guys are looking forward to playing at the Sanford Pentagon, one of the country’s best and most unique basketball venues,” English said. “I have always admired the work of Complete Sports Management. They annually run some of the best and most well-respected events in the nation. This tournament presents an exciting challenge to compete against three outstanding programs and will be a formidable early season test for our team.”

South Dakota State returns to the Crossover Classic for a second straight year. The Jackrabbits finished the event 1-2 last year, defeating Utah State while falling to Saint Mary’s and top-25 ranked West Virginia. Head coach Eric Henderson, who guided SDSU to the Summit League regular season co-title in 2020-21, brings back a loaded roster including Douglas Wilson, Baylor Scheierman and Matt Dentlinger.

“We are pleased to partner with Complete Sports Management and Sanford Health in what will be another fabulous event. To compete against three quality teams with outstanding traditions is a great opportunity,” said Henderson. “The Sanford Pentagon is one of the most prestigious venues in the country. To play three games in Sioux Falls with our fans going crazy will be an incredible experience.”

Nevada is coming off a 16-10 season, the second year under head coach Steve Alford. The former NCAA All-American led Indiana to the NCAA National Championship as a player in 1987. Alford also helped the United States win the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. On January 25, 2020, he won his 600th game as a head coach.

"We are very excited to be part of this outstanding field of teams in the 2021 Crossover Classic,” said Alford. “This event is one of the most competitive of the preseason and is well-supported by the local community. Our team looks forward to getting in front of fans again, as well as preparing ourselves for Mountain West play."

Three of the eight participants in last year’s Crossover Classic qualified for the NCAA Tournament, including the inaugural champion, West Virginia. The four-day event, held November 25-27, was televised live on the ESPN family of networks and viewed by more than 2.8 million people.

DI Men’s Basketball Games at Sanford Pentagon

Date Game
Nov. 8, 2013 Wisconsin 86, St. John's 75
Nov. 18, 2014 No. 11 Wichita State 71, Memphis 56
Nov. 30, 2014 Florida Gulf Coast 71, South Dakota State 58
Dec. 13, 2014 UNLV 75, South Dakota 61
Nov. 13, 2015 No. 7 Iowa State 68, Colorado 62
Dec. 12, 2015 Oklahoma State 62, Minnesota 60
Dec. 27, 2015 South Dakota State 65, Middle Tennessee 61
Dec. 28, 2015 South Dakota 89, Florida Gulf Coast 81
Nov. 25, 2016 East Tennessee State 86, Milwaukee 62
Nov. 25, 2016 UC Irvine 63, South Dakota State 52
Nov. 26, 2016 Milwaukee 54, UC Irvine 37
Nov. 26, 2016 East Tennessee State 71, South Dakota State 59
Nov. 27, 2016 East Tennessee State 72, UC Irvine 66
Nov. 27, 2016 South Dakota State 81, Milwaukee 58
Dec. 3, 2016 Minnesota 56, Vanderbilt 52
Nov. 24, 2017 Northern Colorado 80, Youngstown State 67
Nov. 24, 2017 South Dakota 84, Southern Miss, 71
Nov. 25, 2017 Northern Colorado 63, South Dakota 62
Nov. 25, 2017 Southern Miss 71, Youngstown State 64
Nov. 26, 2017 Northern Colorado 77, Southern Miss, 63
Nov. 26, 2017 South Dakota 81, Youngstown State 53
Dec. 2, 2017 Missouri State 73, South Dakota State 53
Dec. 22, 2017 Iowa 80, Colorado 73
Dec. 16, 2018 No. 25 Nebraska 79, Oklahoma State 56
Feb. 7, 2019 Omaha 107, South Dakota 102 (OT)
Nov. 5, 2019 No. 20 Saint Mary's 65, Wisconsin 63 (OT)
Nov. 9, 2019 Oklahoma 71, Minnesota 62
Dec. 20, 2019 Northern Colorado 87, South Dakota 68
Nov. 25, 2020 Memphis 73, Saint Mary's 56
Nov. 25, 2020 Western Kentucky 93, Northern Iowa 87
Nov. 25, 2020 No. 15 West Virginia 79, South Dakota State 71
Nov. 25, 2020 VCU 85, Utah State 69
Nov. 26, 2020 Western Kentucky 93, Memphis 69
Nov. 26, 2020 No. 15 West Virginia 78, VCU 66
Nov. 26, 2020 Saint Mary's 66, Northern Iowa 64
Nov. 26, 2020 South Dakota State 65, Utah State 44
Nov. 27, 2020 No. 15 West Virginia 70, Western Kentucky 64
Nov. 27, 2020 Saint Mary's 72, South Dakota State 59
Nov. 27, 2020 Utah State 82, Northern Iowa 71
Nov. 27, 2020 VCU 70, Memphis 59
Dec. 10. 2020 North Dakota 75, South Dakota 71
Dec. 10, 2020 South Dakota State 77, North Dakota State 75
Dec. 11, 2020 South Dakota State 74, North Dakota 62
Dec. 11, 2020 North Dakota State 74, South Dakota 67
Dec. 12, 2020 North Dakota State 53, North Dakota 52
Dec. 12, 2020 South Dakota 91, South Dakota State 78
Dec. 19, 2020 No. 1 Gonzaga 99, No. 3 Iowa 88
March 6, 2021 South Dakota State 84, Omaha 71
March 6, 2021 South Dakota 86, Western Illinois 69
March 7, 2021 Oral Roberts 76, North Dakota 65
March 7, 2021 North Dakota State 69, Kansas City 65
March 8, 2021 Oral Roberts 90, South Dakota State 88
March 8, 2021 North Dakota State 79, South Dakota 75
March 9, 2021 Oral Roberts 75, North Dakota State 72
Nov. 10, 2021 South Dakota 59, Air Force Academy 53
Nov. 22, 2021 Nevada vs. South Dakota State
Nov. 22, 2021 George Mason vs. Washington
Nov. 23, 2021 George Mason vs. Nevada
Nov. 23, 2021 Washington vs. South Dakota State
Nov. 24, 2021 Washington vs. Nevada
Nov. 24, 2021 George Mason vs. South Dakota State
Dec. 11, 2021 Creighton vs. BYU
Dec. 18, 2021 Iowa vs. Utah State

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