The University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball team split their homestand against Upper Iowa and Winona State, falling to the Peacocks on Friday before prevailing in overtime against the Warriors on Saturday. Both games were close within the final minutes and USF head coach Chris Johnson hit on that theme in this edition of the ‘Cougar Chronicle’ podcast.
Midco Sports Network’s David Brown and CJ also discuss a controversial technical foul near the end of the Upper Iowa game, the clutch play by several Cougars toward the end of regulation vs. Winona State and why USF needed that win so badly.
The guys also give their Super Bowl picks and open the show with their thoughts on the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash.
0:10 – David and Coach Johnson open the podcast with their thoughts on the tragic passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.
2:48 – CJ discusses Friday night’s loss to Upper Iowa and why execution, not effort, was to blame.
6:03 – Coach Johnson explains how playing in so many close games has impacted his team.
7:04 – CJ explains in detail why he got a controversial technical foul in the final minute of the game vs. Upper Iowa.
8:57 – A discussion of USF’s game vs. Winona State and the electrifying performance of Warriors guard Caleb Wagner, who had a career-high 47 points.
12:08 – Coach Johnson explains putting Troy Houghton into the starting lineup vs. Winona State and how he made a difference defensively.
15:03 – A breakdown of the final two minutes of regulation vs. Winona State, including a big three-pointer from Devin Green, a great defensive stop by Troy Houghton and a clutch play by Jack Thompson and Trevon Adams.
21:33 – David and CJ preview USF’s upcoming road trip at Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston, including an opportunity to ‘avenge’ an earlier loss this season to the Golden Eagles.
24:15 – Going back to an earlier point, Coach Johnson explains how despite the stress level, playing in close games now will help his team down the stretch.
25:25 – David and CJ make their Super Bowl predictions.