October 29, 2013
THIS WEEK: The 2013-14 Dakota State University men's basketball team (0-0 overall record) makes their debut at home Wednesday evening as they host in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) (0-0). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans kick off their season with two-game home stand against a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference foes.
DSU RANKS No. 18: Dakota State is ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason 'Top 25' national poll, announced Tuesday evening. The Trojans tallied a total of 175 points in the national poll. It was the first time in school history that the Trojans are ranked in the NAIA national preseason coaches' national poll. DSU was ranked No. 14 (tie with Bellevue, Neb.) in last season's NAIA postseason national poll, making their first appearance in the national poll in DSU men's basketball history. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), who won their first-ever NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament last season, is the No. 1 team in the preseason coaches' poll. The first regular-season poll will be released in early December.
2012-13 RECORD-BREAKING SEASON: Dakota State had another historic season during the 2012-13 season. The Trojans captured their back-to-back Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Men's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament for the first time in school history. DSU also qualified for the NAIA national tournament for the second straight year, which never happened in Trojan men's basketball history. Dakota State advanced to the 'Elite Eight' of the NAIA National Tournament before falling to Grace (Ind.) 72-59. The Trojans set a DSU school record with 25 victories last season.
TROJANS TAB AS NSAA FAVORITE: The North Star Athletic Association men's basketball conference's coaches has selected Dakota State as its favorite to win the league title this season. Dakota State received all five first-place votes and 25 points to gain first place in the inaugural NSAA preseason coaches' poll. Jamestown (N.D.) is second, followed by Mayville State (N.D.) third, Valley City State (N.D.) fourth and Presentation (S.D.) fifth.
2013-14 ROSTER BREAKDOWN: Dakota State have 17 players on the its roster for the 2013-14 season. The Trojans have four seniors (Dylan Hale, Cameron Krump Marcus Smith and Yusuf Vinson), five juniors (Kevin Danielsen, Ryan McCutcheon, Cameron Robinson, Miguel Sansavour and Jordan Snyder) and eight freshmen (Ian Barse, Seth Cavanaugh, Blake Heiser, Adam Hofer, Taylor Zirbel and redshirts Adam Fideler, Nathaniel Rauen and Lucas Ziemba). Gary Garner is entering his fifth season as DSU men's basketball head coach. Matthew Garner is starting his fifth year as an assistant coach, while Mike Larsen is entering his third year as an assistant coach.
TROJANS IN SEASON OPENER GAMES: Since Gary Garner became head coach at Dakota State University, the Trojans had won four consecutive season opener games. DSU is seeking their fourth straight home season opener victory on Wednesday night.
HOME COOKING: Dakota State had produced four consecutive winning records at DSU Fieldhouse since Gary Garner was named DSU head coach during 2009-10 season. The Trojans produced a home record of 10-2 last season and accumulated 37 victories at home in the last four seasons. DSU is 37-18 at home (.673 winning percentage) in the last four years.
TWO DSU ON NSAA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE: Two Dakota State men's basketball players—Yusuf Vinson and Miguel Sansavour—were listed on the inaugural North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball All-Conference Preseason team, announced on Oct. 21. Vinson averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Trojans last season. He shot 50.4 percent from the field (118-for-134). Vinson was named to 2012-13 A.I.I Conference Postseason All-Tournament and A.I.I. All-Conference teams. Sansavour averaged 7.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last season at Williston State College (N.D.). He shot 87-for-151 from the field (57.6 percent).
2013-14 SCHEDULE: Dakota State plays a 28-game regular-season schedule and four exhibition games on their 2013-14 schedule. The Trojans' schedule includes 13 home games and 2 classics. DSU is scheduled to play five teams (playing each team twice) that qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament last season. DSU will play in the Corn Palace/DWU Classic on the weekend of Nov. 8-9 and Midland (Neb.) Classic on Nov. 29-30. Dakota State is scheduled to play four exhibition games at Northern State (S.D.) on Nov. 15 , Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 23, Minnesota State-Mankato on Nov. 25 and South Dakota State on Dec. 4. DSU will be playing a nationally-ranked team five times during the month of November.
WATCH & LISTEN: All Dakota State home men's basketball games will be webcast live video and audio. There is no charge to the webcast. Jon Hunter, voice of the Trojans, will be providing the play-by-play audio broadcast. Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link: http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. The link also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com in the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: Live stats and play-by-play will be available in all Dakota State's home games. The live stats link is available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State men's basketball and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State returns back to action on Tuesday, Nov. 5 as they host another member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference foe. The Trojans welcome No. 15 Northwestern (Iowa) in a battle of NAIA's 'Top 25' teams. The game is slated to start at 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. DSU heads to Mitchell to play a pair of games in the Corn Palace Classic, hosted by Dakota Wesleyan University, on Nov. 8-9.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director