South Dakota opens Fort Myers tip against LIU

the game

South Dakota opens the Fort Myers Tip-Off with a midday game against LIU. The information submission is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (ET) from the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers.

The game will be broadcast live on the host college’s website at fswbucs.com. Fans can tune in to the game on Coyote Sports Network with John Thayer on KVHT 106.3 FM in Yankton/Vermillion or with The Varsity Network app.

Series

Tuesday’s game will be the first time these two teams have met.

Wolves

South Dakota State is returning to the MTE experience after not participating in one season last. Last year’s absence marked the first time the Coyotes had not played in the MTE since the 2015 season.
The Wolves return to Florida State for the first time since the 2016-17 season when the Dollars competed at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida. Tuesday’s match is the first of back-to-back US Dollar matches in a fast-paced two-day event. North Dakota State may see Illinois or Sam Houston State on Wednesday to wrap up the tournament.

The Wolves are coming off a loss to Mississippi State in Starkville last Thursday. Paul Bruns He was the only player with double-digit points after scoring 11 points off the bench in that game. Bronze has scored in double figures in three of his four matches to date. He led the team with 11 Starkville points and a season-high 16 against Dakota State in the first week of the season. After the Thursday outing, the sophomore scored 500 career points. AJ Blitzuet He continues to lead the offense with 16 points per game Cruz Beirut Hunt He led the team in assists with three assists per game. Damani Hayes Leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game.

Sharks

Long Island is also under the leadership of a first-year head coach with former NBA player and NBA executive Rod Strickland taking back the helm on June 30. Strickland joined LIU of the NBA’s G League Ignite where he has served as the Pro Track Program Director since 2018. Strickland is no stranger to the collegiate basketball scene, having previously held an administrative role at Kentucky under John Calipari, Director of Basketball Operations at KFC. Memphis and assistant coach in South Florida. Strickland is a 17-year-old NBA veteran who currently ranks 13th all-time in league history.

Strickland has dominated the Sharks to a 1-2 start this season with their only win over Mount St. Vincent at home. LIU’s two losses this season have come against teams from the Fort Myers Tip-Off Beach Division. The Sharks lost to Utah in the season opener and fell to Marquette in pre-tournament festivities. LIU finished last season 16-14 winning 12 of their 18 games. The Sharks’ season ended last year in the second round of the Northeast Conference tournament. Tre’ Wood is the team’s leading returner from the 2021-22 season, and is currently averaging 12 points per game and three rebounds. Senior quarterback Marko Malic leads the scoring for LIU this year with 16 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the floor.

one last thing

South Dakota has a tough schedule this week with four games in the next seven days. After a back-to-back championship, the Dollars travel to Coastal Carolina on Saturday in Conway, South Carolina. After going home on Saturday night, the team will head out on Sunday before playing a Monday night game against Mount Marty at home. At the end of the week, the team will have traveled a total of 3,790 miles from Vermillion to Fort Myers to Conway and back to Vermillion.

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