SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Iowa State and Colorado will play the fifth NCAA Division I regular-season men’s basketball game at the Pentagon on Friday. The sold-out game will also air on ESPN2 and tips at 4 p.m.
About Iowa State
Iowa State, ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press poll, is coming off a second-straight Big 12 Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014-15. Iowa State fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to UAB. The Cyclones went 25-9 overall and 12-6 in conference play.
Colorado finished 16-18 last season and 7-11 in Pac-12 games. The Buffaloes went 1-1 in the postseason College Basketball Invitational, defeating Gardner-Webb and losing to Seattle.
Iowa State and Colorado will meet for the 148th time on Friday. Iowa State holds a 77-70 edge in the series with most of those coming when both were members of the Big 12. The two teams last played in 2011.
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.
The Sanford Pentagon is becoming a serious stop for basketball’s best. Friday’s contest is the fifth Division I men’s contest at the facility. Programs like Wisconsin, St. John’s, Wichita State, Memphis, UNLV and Florida Gulf Coast have visited Heritage Court. In-state programs South Dakota and South Dakota State are also among regular guests. After Iowa State and Colorado, hoops enthusiasts can look forward to three more Division I games. Tickets remain available for the two December games.
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. (ESPN2)
Dec. 12, 2015 - Minnesota vs. Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Dec. 27, 2015 – South Dakota State vs. Middle Tennessee, 4:30 p.m. (FOX Sports North)
Dec. 28, 2015 - Florida Gulf Coast vs. South Dakota, 7 p.m. (Midco Sports Network)
Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands, and Beef O’Brady’s is a short walk across the street. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the venue. One of this year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams. That’s available for viewing on the second level.