USD Begins Conference Play

It’s go time.

Now is when it all matters.

The USD men’s and women’s basketball teams kick off Great West Conference action on Saturday at North Dakota. Women’s game starts at 1 p.m., with the men’s contest at 3 p.m.

Thing to watch: How does a relatively new-look Coyote men’s team rebound from two straight losses? USD rolled through the league last season, going 11-1, winning the regular season title and the postseason tournament championship. Can they do it again? Certainly possible, but I wouldn’t count on a one-loss record.

North Dakota’s men’s team, which is incredibly young, has won back to back games for the first time this season. UND routed NAIA Minot State 79-50 on Thursday. Freshman guard Troy Huff leads the team in scoring and by all accounts is easily the Sioux’s most athletic player.

On the women’s side, North Dakota is off to an uncharacteristic poor start. The Sioux are 3-11, and only because of two straight wins. USD meanwhile is 9-8 and hasn’t played since last Sunday. The Coyotes figure to be able to win this game, if Amber Hegge keeps up her production and other guards can knock down shots — much like USD did last season in beating UND up in Grand Forks.

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