Coyotes face off against former NCC foe in northern Colorado on Tuesday
South Dakota is heading to northern Colorado for a 7 p.m. CST report Tuesday night inside the Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colorado.
The game will be streamed on espn + (subscription required). Fans can stream the game on the Coyote Sports Network with John Thayer on call, with the radio show airing on KVHT 106.3 FM in Yankton / Vermillion and KQSF 95.7 in Sioux Falls, or by using the app. The Varsity Network.
South Dakota (5-3) are chasing their first road win of the young season in four tries. Reigning Summit League Coach of the Year Todd lee shuffled his starting lineup for the first time against Waldorf, an Iowa NAIA schedule, on Friday night. Erik Olivier and Damani hayes got their first starts of the season as Xavier fuller rested and Tasos Kamateros came out of the bench. Oliver scored a high 20 points in Friday’s win. He led six double-digit Coyotes. Kruz Perrott-Hunt continues to lead the team with 14.6 points per game.
Northern Colorado (5-5, 2-0 Big Sky) is selected to finish fifth in the 11-team Big Sky Conference. The Bears have just won back-to-back home wins against Montana State (77-75 in overtime) and Montana (78-75). Senior guard Daylen Kountz, who averaged 14 points in his first season at UNC last year, leads the Bears with 18 points per game this season. UNC makes 10 three-pointers per game and shoot them at 37%.
South Dakota leads the all-time series against former NCC enemies, 31-22. This is only the third meeting between the two teams since the 2002-03 season when the Bears began moving to Division I. The two most recent meetings (2017 and 2019) were held inside the Sanford Pentagon. This is the Coyotes’ first trip to Greeley since a 91-84 win on Jan. 11, 2003.
One last thing
Good defense has fueled the Coyotes in the last few games. San Jose State went more than 10 minutes without a scoring in the second half before pulling away late. The Coyotes held six of their eight opponents under 70, including four under 60.