The Web site northstarhoopsreport.com had a recent story by Ryan James on which college men’s basketball teams struck recruiting gold in Minnesota? Topping the list are the Wolves.
Coach Paul Sather, assistant Matt Sevareid and the rest of their staff have been plucking some of the best players not only in the Dakotas but Minnesota as well. The online story points to three Minnesota high school senior recruits we had earlier reported who had committed to the Wolves:
Carter Evans: A 6-foot-10 post player who averaged 15.4 points per game last season for Rochester Century High School. Evans had several Division I offers.
D.J. Pollard: A 6-foot-3 guard who is a standout for St. Louis Park in both basketball and football. He and Evans are AAU teammates on the Minnesota Fury
Dan Becken: The 6-foot-4 forward is a senior this year at Centennial High in Circle Pines, Minn. His sister, Emily Becken, was a standout player for the NSU women from 2008-12.
Tonight is opening night at Wachs Arena for the Wolves with an extra game thrown in as the NSU women are hosting weekend doubleheaders with Mankato, South Dakota Tech and Black Hills State.
In tonight’s first game, the Mankato women will tangle with Black Hills State at 4 p.m. followed by the NSU women vs. Tech at 6 p.m. and the NSU men vs. Dakota State at 8 p.m.
Hall of Fame honors seem to coming fast and furious for NSU coach Curt Fredrickson, one of the winningest women’s basketball coaches in the nation. His teams have 707 wins, two national titles and numerous post-season appearances in Fredrickson’s 33 seasons at NSU. Fredrickson’s most recent honor will come March 5 when he will be inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame in Sioux City.
Tonight’s game against South Dakota Tech will feature another veteran women’s coach. Doland native and NSU graduate Barb Felderman is in her 32nd season with the Hardrockers. Her teams have gone 461-386 with numerous post-season appearances as well.
This is the regular season-opener for the NSU and Mankato women while the Hardrockers are 1-0 after an impressive win over Nebraska-Kearney. Mankato lost to the University of Minnesota 66-56 on Nov. 4. Black Hills State also is 1-0 after sophomore Bailey Kusser of Highmore scored 19 in the Yellowjackets’ 65-63 win over Montana State-Billings.
The NSU men are 1-2 after opening the season at the Disney Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Dakota State is 3-1 — all home games in Madison — after wins over Oglala Lakota, Dakota Wesleyan and Morningside and a loss to Northwestern College of Orange City, Iowa.
The Wolves men also will host Dickinson State at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wachs Arena. Dickinson, which will play at Valley City Saturday, is 1-1. Dickinson had to postpone home games against South Dakota Tech and Oglala Lakota last weekend because the Black Hills teams experienced undriveable roads near Newell on the way to North Dakota.
SDSU vs. USD
Saturday’s renewed college football rivalry between South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota has big meaning, but not in the way most of us thought.
SDSU is 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Not only are the 20th ranked Jacks playing for school pride, but a playoff berth and a share of the conference title if North Dakota State should lose to host Illinois State this weekend.
The Coyotes come into the 2 p.m. Saturday game at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings with records of 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the MVFC. A USD win is a season-maker.
The game will be on TV on the Midco Sports Net.
USD leads the series 50-48-7. The last time the teams met on Oct. 25, 2003, at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, SDSU won 22-11.