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USD Men's Basketball to Play at Iowa

basketball photo Students cheer on the USD men's basketball team during a home game.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota men’s basketball team will make its National Invitational Tournament debut versus the University of Iowa at 8 p.m. today.

The Coyotes are the third Summit League team in the last three years to compete in the NIT. Before 2015, Oral Roberts' appearances in 2005 and 2012 and Valparaiso's trip in 2003 were the conference's only appearances since 1992.

South Dakota received an automatic bid to the NIT after winning the Summit League's regular season championship.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.