SMSU men’s basketball returns to action hosting Minnesota State
MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team (2-2, 0-0 NSIC) will open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play today and Sunday hosting Minnesota State University (4-2, 3-1 NSIC) at the R/A Facility in Marshall with game times set for 1 p.m. each day.
•The games were pushed back one day because of COVID-19 protocols.
•SMSU’s two scheduled games at Upper Iowa last weekend were canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.
•This weekend will be the first two conference games for SMSU after having two games versus Winona State and two games versus Upper Iowa canceled the past two weekends. SMSU last played on Jan. 9 versus Minot State.
•Both games will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL with Ryan Rohlik providing play-by-play.
•Live stats, radio broadcast and video broadcast can be found at SMSUmustangs.com.
Series history versus Minnesota State
•SMSU and MSU meet for the 64th and 65th time with MSU leading 46-17 in a series that started in 1969-70.
•MSU leads 19-9 in games played in Marshall, which includes a 53-46 victory last season on Jan. 11, 2020.
•MSU has won 14 of the last 18 games overall since the 2012-13 season, which includes winning the previous five and six of the last seven games since Jan. 20, 2018. SMSU’s lone victory in that span was on Feb. 26, 2018, in Marshall.
•SMSU head coach Brad Bigler is 7-18 all-time versus MSU.
Scouting Minnesota State
•Minnesota State is 4-2 overall, 3-1 NSIC, and is coming off a road split last weekend versus Wayne State, losing 85-68 on Friday, before rebounding with an 80-77 victory on Saturday. The Mavericks were picked to finish second in the NSIC South preseason coaches’ poll.
•Sophomore guard Quincy Anderson is averaging 16.3 ppg with 14 3-pointers and also averages 6.3 rpg to pace the Mavericks.
•Junior guard Devonte Thedford averages 13.3 ppg and has dished out a team-leading 19 assists.
•Sophomore guard Malik Willingham has connected on a team-high 15 3-pointers and is scoring 11.5 ppg.
•MSU is shooting 44 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range, 73 percent from the free throw line and is plus-1.2 in rebound margin. MSU is averaging 75 points per game, while opponents averaging 73 ppg.
•Head coach Matt Margenthaler is in his 20th season with a record of 414-182. He has led the Mavericks to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances.
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