MADISON, S.D. - Facing four teams that qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament last year and starting the season with four straight home games highlight the 2012-13 Dakota State University men's basketball schedule, released Wednesday. The Trojans are coming off a historic 2011-12 season where they captured the first-ever conference tournament championship and qualified for the national tournament for the first time since 1992.
Fourth-year head coach Gary Garner and his Dakota State's men's basketball team kick off their 2012-13 season at the DSU Fieldhouse versus Oglala Lakota (S.D.) on Nov. 1. The Trojans continue their home stand on Nov. 7 against NAIA 'Sweet Sixteen qualifier Northwestern (Iowa), who captured the 2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champions. DSU will host their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 10 and conclude their home stand on Nov. 13 versus Morningside (Iowa).
DSU's first road game will be in Ellendale, N.D. on Nov. 15 as they visit Trinity Bible (N.D.).
Dakota State will face a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes for exhibition games. The Trojans face Northern State (S.D.) on Nov. 16 in Aberdeen and Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 19 in Sioux Falls.
DSU returns home for a contest with Presentation (S.D.) on Nov. 20.
The Trojans will play six straight games on the road, including two exhibition games. DSU will play an exhibition game against the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) on Nov. 24. The Trojans then head to Des Moines, Iowa for a contest with AIB (Iowa) on Nov. 27 and Martin Luther in New Ulm, Minn. on Dec. 1.
DSU plays their final exhibition game against NCAA Division I South Dakota State University, which qualified for the NCAA Division I National Tournament after capturing the Summit League Tournament Championships, on Dec. 6 in Brookings, S.D.
Dakota State begins their Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference games on Dec. 15 at Mayville State (N.D.).
The Trojans host Bellevue (Neb.) - NAIA Division II Men's Basketball 'Sweet Sixteen' qualifier last season - on Dec. 21 at the DSU Fieldhouse.
DSU plays in the two-day Morningside Classic in Sioux City, Iowa against a pair of GPAC opponents - 2012 NAIA 'Sweet Sixteen' qualifier Briar Cliff (Iowa) on Dec. 28 and Morningside on Dec. 29.
Dakota State kicks off the 2013 portion schedule with a pair of games at home. The Trojans host Midland (Neb.) on Jan. 5 and Dordt (Iowa) - NAIA 'Elite Eight' qualifier last season - on Jan. 9.
Four teams will play in the tip-off tournament, hosted by Jamestown College, on the weekend of Jan. 19-20. DSU, Jamestown (N.D.), Mayville State and Valley City State (N.D.) - all former Dakota Athletic Conference members - will play in the tournament.
DSU concludes their home schedule with two games; the first against versus Jamestown - 2012 NAIA National Tournament qualifier - on Feb. 2 and Mayville State on Feb. 6.
The Trojans play the final three games on the road to conclude their regular-season schedule - at Midland on Feb. 9, at Jamestown on Feb. 13 and at Valley City State on Feb. 16.
The A.I.I. Division II Men's Basketball Conference Championships will be held in Jamestown, N.D. on Feb. 22 through Feb. 24. The NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament takes place in Point Lookout, Mo. on the campus of College of the Ozarks on March 6-12.
Below is the complete schedule of the 2012-13 DSU men's basketball schedule:
|Nov. 1||Oglala Lakota (S.D.)||7:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Nov. 7||Northwestern (Iowa)||7:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Nov. 10||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||4 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Nov. 13||Morningside (Iowa)||7:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Nov. 15||Trinity Bible (N.D.)||8 p.m.||Ellendale, N.D.|
|Nov. 16||Northern State (S.D.) #||7 p.m.||Aberdeen, S.D.|
|Nov. 19||Augustana (S.D.) #||7 p.m.||Sioux Falls, S.D.|
|Nov. 20||Presentation (S.D.)||7 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Nov. 24||University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) #||6 p.m.||Sioux Falls, S.D.|
|Nov. 27||AIB (Iowa)||TBA||Des Moines, Iowa|
|Dec. 1||Martin Luther (Minn.)||4 p.m.||New Ulm, Minn.|
|Dec. 6||South Dakota State #||7 p.m.||Brookings, S.D.|
|Dec. 8||Northwestern (Iowa)||4 p.m.||Orange City, Iowa|
|Dec. 15||Mayville State (N.D.) *||7:30 p.m.||Mayville, N.D.|
|Dec. 21||Bellevue (Neb.)||7 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Dec. 28||Briar Cliff (Iowa) - Morningside Classic||3 p.m.||Sioux City, Iowa|
|Dec. 29||Morningside (Iowa) - Morningside Classic||7:30 p.m.||Sioux City, Iowa|
|Jan. 5||Midland (Neb.)||6 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Jan. 9||Dordt (Iowa)||7:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Jan. 11||Oglala Lakota (S.D.)||8:30 p.m.||Kyle, S.D.|
|Jan. 12||South Dakota Mines||6 p.m.||Rapid City, S.D.|
|Jan. 16||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||8 p.m.||Mitchell, S.D.|
|Jan. 19||TBA - DAC Tip-off Tournament||TBA||Jamestown, N.D.|
|Jan. 20||TBA - DAC Tip-off Tournament||TBA||Jamestown, N.D.|
|Jan. 24||Valley City State (N.D.) *||7:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Jan. 26||Trinity Bible (N.D.)||6 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Jan. 29||Mount Marty (S.D.)||7:30 p.m.||Yankton, S.D.|
|Feb. 2||Jamestown (N.D.) *||6 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Feb. 6||Mayville State (N.D.) *||7:30 p.m.||Madison, S.D.|
|Feb. 9||Midland (Neb.)||4 p.m.||Fremont, Neb.|
|Feb. 13||Jamestown (N.D.) *||7:30 p.m.||Jamestown, N.D.|
|Feb. 16||Valley City State (N.D.) *||4 p.m.||Valley City, N.D.|
|Feb. 22-24||A.I.I. Division II Men's Basketball Conference Tournament||TBA||Jamestown, N.D.|
|March 6-12||NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament||TBA||Point Lookout, Mo.|
|# Exhibition Game
*Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Game
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director