Men's Basketball Set to Play in Sanford Pentagon Showcase During Thanksgiving Week
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Southern Miss men's basketball team will head far north for its 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, competing in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase from Friday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 26.
The three-day event, featuring Northern Colorado, Youngstown State and defending-Summit League champion South Dakota, uses a round-robin format with two games each day.
"This event allows basketball fans to see teams from conferences all over the country competing against each other in a first-class atmosphere and facility," said Jesse Smith, executive director of the Sanford Pentagon. "Since this time last year, the number of NCAA Division I games at the Pentagon has nearly doubled. Teams want to play here, and we make sure players, coaches and their fans have a memorable experience."
Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. This is the Golden Eagles' second consecutive year traveling to a holiday tournament, following up the 2016 Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (Dec. 22-25).
NCAA rules allow programs to count multi-team events as only two games toward their regular season total of 29, even if MTEs include as many as four games and all games are played within a 14-day window. South Dakota also has the option of adding a fourth game.
"There are a lot of exempt tournaments, but I am excited to be playing where the fans love basketball," head coach Doc Sadler said.
The Sanford Pentagon is a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities--including high-definition video boards and executive suites--with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. It seats 3,200 people.
Sanford Pentagon Showcase Schedule
Monday, Nov. 20 - Campus Game
Southern Miss vs. Blue Mountain (Mississippi)
Tuesday, Nov. 21 - Campus Game
Northern Colorado vs. Northern New Mexico College
Youngstown State vs. Westminster (Pennsylvania)
Friday, Nov. 24 - Sanford Pentagon
5:30 p.m. - South Dakota vs. Southern Miss
8 p.m. - Youngstown State vs. Northern Colorado
Saturday, Nov. 25 - Sanford Pentagon
4 p.m. - Northern Colorado vs. Southern Miss
6:30 p.m. - South Dakota vs. Youngstown State
Sunday, Nov. 26 - Sanford Pentagon
11 a.m. - Youngstown State vs. Southern Miss
1:30 p.m. - Northern Colorado vs. South Dakota