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Sanford Pentagon set to host ESPN2 men’s college basketball telecast

08/31/2015, 3:45pm CDT
By Sanford Pentagon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – ESPN2 will carry the Iowa State and Colorado men’s college basketball game live from the Sanford Pentagon on Nov. 13. Due to the national telecast, the sold-out game has been moved to 4 p.m. tip-off.

The two programs in March announced the neutral-site, regular-season game will open their 2015-16 seasons.

“The national exposure our region continues to receive as a result of the incredible basketball happening at venues in Sioux Falls is invaluable to Sioux Falls and our state,” said Eric Larsen, general manager of the Sanford Sports Complex.

Iowa State is coming off a Big 12 Tournament title and NCAA tournament appearance. The Cyclones went 25-9 last season. Colorado went 16-18 a year ago and received an invite to the College Basketball Invitational.

Iowa State and Colorado have played 147 times; the Cyclones lead the series 77-70. The two teams last played in 2011 when Colorado was a member of the Big 12.

The Pentagon’s appearance on ESPN will mark the third time the venue has been featured on national television for a men’s basketball game.  The Wisconsin and St. John’s contest was carried live by the Big Ten Network in 2013, and last year’s game between Wichita State and Memphis aired as part of ESPN’s Tip-Off College Marathon.

Division I Men’s Basketball at Sanford Pentagon
Nov. 8, 2013 - Wisconsin 86, St. John’s 75
Nov. 18, 2014 - 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 - Iowa State vs. Colorado, 4 p.m.
Dec. 12, 2015 - Minnesota vs. Oklahoma State, TBD
Dec. 28, 2015 - Florida Gulf Coast vs. South Dakota, 7 p.m.

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 D-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. For more information, visit

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