SMSU Men’s Basketball: SMSU finishes play prior to break vs. Cougars

MARSHALL  – The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team (9-1, 4-1 NSIC) hits the road for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle on Saturday, facing the University of Sioux Falls (5-7, 2-3 NSIC) with tip-off set for 6 p.m. at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. SMSU, off to its best start in team history, defeated USF 74-72 in the NSIC opener for both teams on Nov. 29.


•Saturday’s game will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL.

•The game can also be viewed online at


•SMSU opened the season 6-0, its best start in school history.

•This year’s 9-1 record is the best start to a season after 10 games in school history.



•Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls meet for the 28th time on Saturday with SMSU leading 17-10.

•SMSU won 74-72 earlier this season on Nov. 29 in Marshall.

•The teams first met during the 1968-69 season.

•SMSU is 3-10 in games played at USF and has not won at USF (four games) since USF joined the NSIC prior to the 2012-13 season.

•SMSU’s last win at USF came on Dec. 30, 2008 (68-67).

•SMSU leads the series 5-4 since USF joined the NSIC prior to the 2012-13 season.

•SMSU head coach Brad Bigler is 5-4 all-time versus USF.


•SMSU extended its winning streak to three straight with a pair of home victories last weekend, 94-76, versus Minnesota Duluth and 84-82 versus St. Cloud State.

•SMSU scored a season-high 94 points and made a season-high 13 3-pointers in the win over UMD.

•SMSU dished out a season-high 21 assists versus UMD.

•Mitch Weg is eight points shy of becoming the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

•Mitch Weg ranks tied for 10th in team history with 236 free throws made.

•Carter Kirk tied a school single-game record with six blocked shots versus UMD. He tied the mark along with Mark Ornatek (1/13/79) and Dru Larson (2/21/90).

•SMSU was outrebounded in both games.

•Michael Lee scored 11 second half points in the win over SCSU on Saturday night.

•Turner Moen recorded a career-high seven assists versus UMD on Friday.

•Joey Bartlett scored a season-high 26 points versus UMD on Friday.

•SMSU shot a season-low 38 percent in the win versus Sioux Falls on Nov. 30.

•SMSU opponents made 10 or more 3-pointers 11 times last season and averaged 8.8 per game. In 10 games this season, opponents are averaging 6.1 per game and have reached double figures just twice.


•SMSU ranks ninth in free throw pct.

•SMSU ranks 44th in free throws made.

•SMSU ranks 61st in field goal pct.

•SMSU ranks 72nd in scoring margin.

•SMSU ranks 73rd in rebound margin.

•SMSU ranks 81st in steals.

•Ryan Bruggeman ranks 79th in total assists.

•Carter Kirk ranks 96th in total blocks.


•SMSU ranks first in scoring defense.

•SMSU ranks seventh in scoring offense.

•SMSU ranks third in free throw pct. and field goal pct. defense.

•SMSU ranks 11th in scoring offense.

•Carter Kirk ranks first in blocked shots and second in rebounding.

•Mitch Weg ranks sixth in rebounding.


•USF is 5-7 overall, 2-3 NSIC, following a home win versus Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night.

•USF will host Mount Marty on Tuesday night.

•USF is 3-4 at home this season.

•Drew Guebert is scoring 17.8 ppg with 30 3-pointers and averaging 6.6 rpg to pace the Cougars.

•Mack Johnson is averaging 13.8 ppg with 21 3-pointers.

•Clint Thomas is scoring 11.3 ppg and has a team-high 36 3-pointers.

•USF is shooting 46 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line.

•USF is scoring 76 points per game, while opponents are averaging 71 per game.

•Head coach Chris Johnson is in his ninth season with a record of 146-112.


•SMSU is 2-0 versus teams from the NSIC North Division in conference games. SMSU beat Northern State in a non-conference game on Nov. 15.

•SMSU is 21-13 versus NSIC North Division teams in conference play since divisions were introduced during the 2012-13 season.

•SMSU finished 3-5 versus North teams in 2015-16, 5-3 in 2014-15, recorded a 5-3 mark in 2013-14, and finished 6-2 in 2012-13.

•The NSIC South holds a 166-98 advantage over NSIC North teams in regular season play since divisions were formed in 2012-13, including 5-3 this season.

•In 2015-16, the South led the North 37-27, in 2014-15, the South finished 35-29, in 2013-14, the South finished 42-22, while in 2012-13, the South went 47-17.


•Senior Mitch Weg is closing in on becoming the next member of the 1,000 point club in team history.

•Weg has scored 992 points in 98 games and is currently 21st in team history.

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