There isn’t much better than a rivalry game.
There are storied rivalries between teams, players, coaches, etc. Some have developed over time. Some have been more forced. And some have been renewed.
South Dakota and South Dakota State is a storied rivalry that has been renewed in recent years. And one more event has been added to the list.
A managers game.
You’ve heard of managers from different schools playing games against one another, usually the night before the men’s teams compete. And this was no different. USD and SDSU managers played a game for the first time in known history Friday night and the Jacks Managers topped the Coyote Managers, 32-24. The game consisted of four quarters that were five long minutes each, with a much needed five minute halftime break. From banked 3’s to missed layups the unseen talent survived the first game.
The winner of the game controls the traveling trophy, which, of course, is a gold stool with a logo from both schools painted on the top. The painting is the work of South Dakota women’s basketball player Abigail Fogg.
The Jacks won game one, but a rematch is scheduled for February 12 in Frost Arena. The night before the USD and SDSU men play game two of the South Dakota Showdown Series.
Both manager teams are now ranked in the KPI D-I Men’s Basketball Managers rankings. USD enters the rankings at No. 72, while SDSU managers are No. 30. The only other Summit League team in the rankings is Oral Roberts who rounds out the entire list at No. 101. Kansas State is the current top managers team in the country.
With a rematch set between USD and SDSU managers the only thing they are missing is a point towards the South Dakota Showdown Series presented by South Dakota Corn. It could one day prove to be a swing game in the Series.
South Dakota head manager Tyler Stoll joined me this morning to talk about the inaugural game and what his team needs to do in the rematch to get the win. To listen to the entire interview click below…..