skip navigation


02/04/2019, 1:15pm CST
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of South Dakota men’s basketball program returns to the Sanford Pentagon Thursday to face Omaha in a regular-season Summit League matchup at 7 p.m.

The Coyotes enter the contest with a 9-13 record and are looking to gain some ground in the Summit League standings where they are currently in seventh place. The Mavericks have already surpassed last year’s win total, going 12-9 through the first three months of the season. Omaha sits in second place in the conference.

USD Networking Opportunity
Students from USD are invited to attend an exclusive networking event prior to the game. Sanford Health, in partnership with USD, will host the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Pentagon’s Three-Point Lounge. Students will have the opportunity to meet with HR staff from Sanford Health in both clinical and non-clinical fields.

About the University of South Dakota
The University of South Dakota men enter the matchup with a 9-13 record and look to get back on track after losing to Purdue Fort Wayne, 102-71. The Coyotes are coached by Todd Lee, who is in his first season with the team. USD is led by junior Triston Simpson (13.0 PPG, 3.2 APG) and sophomore Stanley Umude (14.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG). Umude had 32 points in the loss to Purdue Fort Wayne. The Coyotes suffered two key losses this past off-season with former head coach Craig Smith leaving for Utah State and star guard Matt Mooney transferring to Texas Tech. This will be the sixth trip to the Pentagon for USD, where they have a 3-2 record.

About the University of Omaha
The University of Omaha men enter the game with a 13-9 overall record and a 7-2 conference record. The Mavericks had previously won five straight games before losing to South Dakota State University on Jan. 26. This will be the first trip to the Sanford Pentagon for Omaha. The Mavericks are coached by Derrin Hansen (14th season), and led by senior Zach Jackson (17.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG) and junior JT Gibson (14.1 PPG, 1.3 SPG).

Conference diversity
Schools from more than a dozen different NCAA Division I men’s basketball conference have visited the Pentagon in its five-year history. The Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, SEC and Pac 12 have all sent teams to Sioux Falls.

TV coverage
Watch the game live on Midco Sports Network 2, channel 622.

*Be social
Use the hashtag #SanfordSports during the game to be a part of the conversation. Your posts could be featured on our video boards.

Facility facts
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, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? Will's Training Table is now open with a new space and new menu. The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands. 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.

Special features
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.

DI Men’s Basketball Games at the Sanford Pentagon

Date Game
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 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 Nebraska 79, Oklahoma State 56
Feb. 7, 2019 Omaha 107, South Dakota 102 (OT)
Nov. 5, 2019 Wisconsin vs. Saint Mary's
Nov. 9, 2019 Minnesota vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 20, 2019 South Dakota vs. Northern Colorado

Tag(s): News