The University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball team finally clinched the NSIC South Division on the final day of the regular season! USF topped Wayne State 75-64 on Saturday to officially become division champions for the first time since joining the NSIC eight years ago.
Although the weekend started off with a close loss to Augustana, Sioux Falls bounced back and has some momentum heading into the NSIC tournament, where they’ll face Minot State in the first round on Wednesday, February 26.
In this episode of the Cougar Chronicle podcast, Midco Sports Network’s David Brown and USF head coach Chris Johnson discuss winning the division, cutting down the nets and why his team will need to win some games in order to secure an invite to the Central Region Tournament.
0:27 – Coach Johnson discusses clinching the NSIC South Division with a win vs. Wayne State and whether or not his team knew Upper Iowa, the team directly behind them in the standings, had already lost while their game was still happening.
2:16 – David and CJ discuss outperforming preseason expectations, which had Sioux Falls picked to finish 10th out of 16 NSIC teams.
3:22 – Coach Johnson describes cutting down the nets after the clinching victory on Saturday!
4:06 – David and CJ break down a close Sioux Falls loss to Augustana in which neither side led by more than seven points the entire game.
9:45 – A discussion of the victory against Wayne State and the importance of USF’s two seniors this season: Milan Surlic and Devin Green.
13:08 – Coach Johnson explains how he approached his team about celebrating their division championship while also getting ready for the NSIC Tournament.
14:00 – David and CJ break down the first Central Region rankings, in which Sioux Falls is ranked 9th, just outside making the regionals.
15:12 – A preview of Sioux Falls first round NSIC Tournament matchup with Minot State.
17:29 – Coach Johnson talks about his celebratory dinner after the division title.