SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: Nationally ranked SMSU men’s basketball travels to face Crookston and Bemidji State
MARSHALL – The 16th ranked (D2SIDA) Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team (13-2, 8-2 NSIC) prepares for another road trip this Friday and Saturday with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference versus North Division squads. SMSU, which has played 10 of its 15 games away from home this season, will face the University of Minnesota Crookston (6-10, 2-8 NSIC) on Friday, Jan. 13, starting at 8 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium, before taking on Bemidji State University (5-10, 3-7 NSIC) on Saturday, Jan. 14, with tip-off set for 6 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.
•Both games will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL.
•The game can also be viewed online at SMSUmustangs.com.
•SMSU is 7-1 in “true” road games this season, recording its most road victories since also winning seven in 2013-14.
•The seven road wins is tied for the fifth highest in team history.
•The 2008-09 team won 11 road games, the 2000-01 team won 10 games, the 1995-96 team won nine games, while the 2001-02 squad won eight games.
BEST START IN TEAM HISTORY
•SMSU opened the season with a program best 6-0 record.
•SMSU’s 13-2 record is the best start to a season in school history.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MINNESOTA CROOKSTON
•Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota Crookston meet fo the 34th time with SMSU leading 30-3.
•The teams first met during the 1994-95 season.
•SMSU is 14-2 all-time in games at Crookston.
•SMSU has won the last 19 games with UMC’s last win coming on Jan. 16, 2004 in Crookston.
•SMSU won last season’s lone meeting, 100-68 in Marshall.
•SMSU head coach Brad Bigler is 8-0 all-time versus UMC.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BEMIDJI STATE
•Southwest Minnesota State and Bemidji State meet for the 93rd time with SMSU leading 52-40.
•The teams first met during the 1968-69 season.
•BSU leads 24-20 in games played in Bemidji.
•SMSU has won the last two meetings, including 97-91 in Marshall last season.
•Before SMSU’s last two wins, BSU had won five straight in the series from Feb. 18, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2014.
•SMSU head coach Brad Bigler is 4-5 all-time versus BSU.
•SMSU has recorded a pair of six-game winning streaks this season with both winning streaks ending with losses to Upper Iowa.
•The last time SMSU won seven straight games was in 2008-09, when the team won 15 in a row.
•SMSU is now 4-12 in overtime games since 2006-07.
•SMSU is 11-0 when committing 15 or fewer turnovers, but 2-2 when committing more than 15.
•SMSU is 7-2 in games decided by four or less points.
•Mitch Weg needs 18 more rebounds to reach 700 in his career.
•SMSU opponents made 10 or more 3-pointers in 11 games last season and averaged 8.8 per game. In 15 games this season, opponents are averaging 6.5 per game and have reached double figures three times.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS
•SMSU ranks among the top 50 in four categories.
•SMSU ranks 11th in won-lost pct.
•SMSU ranks 34th in free throws made.
•SMSU ranks 37th in free throw pct.
•SMSU ranks 39th in field goal pct.
•SMSU ranks tied for first in rebound margin.
•SMSU ranks third in field goal pct. defense.
•SMSU ranks fifth in scoring defense.
•SMSU ranks fifth in scoring offense.
•Carter Kirk ranks third in field goal pct., fourth in blocked shots and fifth in rebounding.
•Ryan Bruggeman ranks fourth in steals and 10th in assists.
•Mitch Weg ranks fourth in field goal pct. and seventh in rebounding.
•Joey Bartlett ranks fourth in free throw pct. and ninth in blocked shots.
ABOUT MINNESOTA CROOKSTON
•UMC is 6-10 overall, 2-8 NSIC, following a road loss to Bemidji State, 77-75 on Tuesday night.
•Harrison Cleary is scoring 21.1 ppg with 28 3-pointers and 33 assists to lead the Golden Eagles. He currently ranks second in the NSIC in scoring at 21.3 ppg in 10 conference games.
•Chase Knickerbocker is averaging 10.6 ppg with 20 3-pointers.
•Connor Gamble is scoring 8.3 ppg with a team-high 33 3-pointers.
•UMC is shooting 46 percent from the field, 36 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the free throw line.
•UMC is scoring 73 points per game, while opponents are averaging 77 per game.
•Dan Weisse is in his third season as head coach with a record 16-54. He was an assistant at MSU Moorhead for three seasons before coming to UMC.
ABOUT BEMIDJI STATE
•BSU is 5-10 overall, 3-7 NSIC, has won two straight games, including a 77-75 home win over UMC on Tuesday night.
•BSU plays hosts to Sioux Falls on Friday night.
•Jai’Vionne Green is scoring 17.3 ppg with 26 3-pointers to lead the Beavers.
•Sharif Black is scoring 14.1 ppg and has connected on 23 3-pointers.
•BSU is shooting 47 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line.
•BSU is scoring 77 points per game, while opponents are averaging 80 per game.
•Mike Boschee is in his fifth season at BSU with a record of 59-67. He was head coach at Central College (Iowa) for nine seasons with a record of 115-115.
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