The University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball team took care of business on the road this past weekend. The Cougars topped both Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston by double digits and now have four of their final six regular-season games at home in Sioux Falls.
The schedule the rest of the way is still difficult, starting this Friday with the North Division-leading Wolves from Northern State visiting the Stewart Center, followed by MSU Moorhead on Saturday. USF Head Coach Chris Johnson knows his team has been good this season and wants to make sure the positive vibes keep rolling.
In this episode of the Cougar Chronicle podcast, Coach Johnson and Midco Sports Network’s David Brown discuss why maturity has been the biggest factor for USF this season, why his team approaches deficits differently than other teams and why he looks up to Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo.
0:54 – Coach Johnson explains his initial frustration with his team’s offensive execution at Bemidji State before a late spurt at the end of the first half set the tone for the rest of the game.
2:58 – Coach Johnson expounds on the offensive balance his team has continued to display all season long.
3:51 – David and Coach Johnson discuss the win at Minnesota Crookston on Saturday and how his team didn’t need any motivation to take on the Golden Eagles, a team that beat Sioux Falls by 25 earlier this season.
6:29 – Coach Johnson explains why his team’s maturity lead to several stretches this past season where they can hold other teams scoreless for a good chunk of time.
8:24 – USF freshman Jack Thompson had a career-high 23 points at Minnesota Crookston. Coach Johnson describes why Thompson’s continued to improve in his first season with the Cougars.
10:27 – David and Coach Johnson discuss why senior Devin Green has become such a leader for Sioux Falls.
12:28 – A preview of two excellent teams coming to the Stewart Center this weekend as USF prepares to take on Northern State and MSU Moorhead.
14:19 – Why Chris wants to pick the brain of Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.
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