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South Dakota men’s basketball to host Air Force at Pentagon on Veterans Day

11/08/2021, 2:00pm CST
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host the United States Air Force Academy at the Sanford Pentagon in a non-conference men’s basketball game at 1:30 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Tickets are on sale now. Veterans will receive two free tickets to the game. Additional tickets for family members and guests of veterans are $10. The game will air on Midco Sports, the Midco Sports app and ESPN+.

“This will be one of the most special events we have ever hosted at the Sanford Pentagon,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of the Sanford Sports Complex. “We always love having USD play at the Pentagon, and it’s an honor to have the United States Air Force compete on our floor, especially on a day that means so much to all the men and women who serve our country.”

Following the South Dakota vs. Air Force game, the Sioux Falls Skyforce will play a regular season contest at the Pentagon.

This will be South Dakota’s twelfth appearance at the Sanford Pentagon. The Coyotes have an all-time record of 5-6 on Heritage Court. USD is coming off a 14-11 season, finishing with an 11-4 record in the Summit League.

“Playing the Air Force Academy on Veterans Day will be special,” said Todd Lee, South Dakota head basketball coach. “We are looking forward to playing in a world-class facility in front of our great fans and alumni in Sioux Falls."

This will be the first visit to the Sanford Pentagon for the Air Force. The Falcons finished last season 5-20, but picked up a 68-66 win on the road at Nevada.

“It’s a great way to start off the season, said Joe Scott, Air Force head coach. “We look forward to playing a quality opponent, in a nice venue, on a very special day.”

The matchup kicks off the 2021-22 NCAA Division I schedule of events at the Sanford Pentagon.

  • Nov. 11 – South Dakota vs. Air Force
  • Nov. 12: The Invitational features some of the most decorated programs in women’s college basketball. Arizona will face off against Louisville at 3:30 p.m. followed by South Carolina vs. South Dakota at 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 22-24: The Crossover Classic is a three-day men’s basketball event that features Washington, George Mason, Nevada and South Dakota State. Games tip off at 6 and 8:30 p.m. all three days.
  • Dec. 11: Creighton vs. BYU

About the Sanford Pentagon 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, Augustana men’s and women’s college basketball, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball tournaments and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit

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