South Dakota men’s basketball to host Air Force at Sanford Pentagon on Veterans Day


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host the United States Air Force Academy at the Sanford Pentagon in a non-conference men’s basketball game at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19. Veterans will receive free entry to the game. Additional tickets for family members and guests of veterans are $10.

“This will be one of the most special events we have ever hosted at the Sanford Pentagon,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of the Sanford Sports Complex. “We always love having USD play at the Pentagon, and it’s an honor to have the United States Air Force compete on our floor, especially on a day that means so much to all the men and women who serve our country.”

Following the South Dakota vs. Air Force game, the Sioux Falls Skyforce will play a regular season contest at the Pentagon.

This will be South Dakota’s twelfth appearance at the Sanford Pentagon. The Coyotes have an all-time record of 5-6 on Heritage Court. USD is coming off a 14-11 season, finishing with an 11-4 record in the Summit League.

“Playing the Air Force Academy on Veterans Day will be special,” said Todd Lee, South Dakota head basketball coach. “We are looking forward to playing in a world-class facility in front of our great fans and alumni in Sioux Falls.” 

This will be the first visit to the Sanford Pentagon for the Air Force. The Falcons finished last season 5-20, but picked up a 68-66 win on the road at Nevada.

“It’s a great way to start off the season, said Joe Scott, Air Force head coach. “We look forward to playing a quality opponent, in a nice venue, on a very special day.”

The matchup kicks off the 2021-22 NCAA Division I schedule of events at the Sanford Pentagon.

  • Nov. 11 – South Dakota vs. Air Force
  • Nov. 12: The Invitational features some of the most decorated programs in women’s college basketball. Arizona will face off against Louisville at 3:30 p.m. followed by South Carolina vs. South Dakota at 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 22-24: The Crossover Classic is a three-day men’s basketball event that features Washington, George Mason, Nevada and South Dakota State. Games tip off at 6 and 8:30 p.m. all three days.
  • Dec. 11: Creighton vs. BYU

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