Coyotes prepare to tangle with in-state foes

Coyotes prepare to tangle with in-state foes The fifth-ranked South Dakota men's basketball team (10-2) will open North Central Conference play this weekend when it takes on third-ranked and undefeated South Dakota State on Friday in Brookings before meeting up with Augustana on Saturday in Sioux Falls. Both games are slated for 8 p.m. tip-offs.

South Dakota, which has won four consecutive NCC season openers, is coming off one of the top offensive performances in school history with a 122-68 victory over Dana College on Jan. 3. The 122 pointer was the second-highest single game total in school history, as well as a DakotaDome record.

USD also set a school record with 20 3-pointers and tied a school record with 37 assists against Dana.

The Coyotes open with four consecutive road games to start the NCC season, as USD will also travel to North Dakota and North Dakota State, Jan. 16-17.

South Dakota State will bring a 16-0 record and a 26-game home winning streak into Friday's matchup.

The Jacks are coming off a 64-60 win at 11th-ranked Michigan Tech on Jan. 3.

Individually, SDSU is led by junior guard Andy Moeller, who averages 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Moeller is also a threat from the 3-point line, connecting on 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. Senior Derrick Schantz ranks second for SDSU in scoring with 12.3 points per game.

As a team, South Dakota State is averaging 91.4 points per game, while holding its opponents to just 71.0. The top rebounding team in the NCC, the Jacks outrebound their foes, 47.4-32.8.

SDSU is coached by Scott Nagy, who is in his ninth season at the helm in Brookings. Nagy will be looking for his 200th career victory on Friday as he owns a 199-52 career record.

South Dakota State owns a 111-87 lead in the all-time series with South Dakota. Last season, the two teams split with the Jacks winning in Brookings.

82, while USD took a 88-69 win at the DakotaDome. USD Head Coach Dave Boots is 17-14 during his tenure at USD against South Dakota State.

Before last season's win by the Coyotes, the Jacks had won six consecutive games in the series dating back to the 1999-2000 season, with a 68-58 USD win on Jan. 3, 2000, in Brookings.

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