Your only chance to catch the Northern State basketball teams in town this month will be this weekend.
It should be a pair of great doubleheaders with the Wolves hosting Wayne State Friday and Augustana Saturday. Both nights, the women will play at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8.
The Wayne women are rated fourth in the nation and the Augie men are 16th.
The NSU women are 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference while the Wayne women are 8-0, 2-0 and Augie 5-1, 2-0. The NSU and Wayne women are 19-19 in their all-time series, and the Vikings lead their all-time series against the Wolves 19-13. NSU has lost seven in a row to Wayne. Last season, NSU lost to Augie 71-62 in Sioux Falls and beat the Vikings 67-54 in Aberdeen.
The NSU men are 5-1, 1-1 and the Wayne men are 1-5, 0-2 and Augie 5-1, 2-0. The NSU men lead their all-time series against Wayne 29-19, and the Wolves and Vikings are 30-30 in their all-time series. Last season, NSU lost to Wayne 79-60 on the road and beat the Wildcats 78-70 in Aberdeen. Augie is riding a six-game winning streak over the Wolves.
ESPN connections: We recently told you about several ESPN connections. Let's review:
· ESPN women's basketball writer Graham Hays will be in Aberdeen Friday to do a piece on the Northern State women's basketball team as part of his Hoops Across America series.
· Former two-time world champion manager of the Boston Red Sox and Aberdeen native Terry Francona has joined ESPN as a baseball analyst.
Reader Josh Hoerth recently had a great suggestion that local leaders should bring Francona back to Aberdeen to speak and do some hunting. Great idea, Josh!
This summer, the Memphis Grizzlies made former Minnesota State, Moorhead standout Dave Joerger their lead assistant coach. According to the Grizzlies Web site, Joerger is beginning his fifth season with the Grizzlies and is married to Aberdeen native Kara (Fordham).
On the radio: Dakota Broadcasting sports director Adam St. Paul and I will be talking high school basketball at 7:20 tonight.
Tea for two: Carmen and former NSU coach Don Meyer will be the featured speakers at the Christmas Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Aberdeen.
Dec. 27: One of the most talked about grade-school boys' basketball players in South Dakota, Tate Vincent of Sioux Valley, is scheduled to play in Aberdeen this month. The 6-foot-2 seventh grader and his team is scheduled to play Aberdeen Roncalli at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at Wachs Arena in the finale of the NSU Classic.
New USD coach: The University of South Dakota has hired a proven winner as its 29th football coach in Joe Glenn.
The former USD player and assistant has a career collegiate coaching mark of 188-100-1 in 24 seasons as a head coach. Glenn, 62, has coached 34 seasons overall.
He coached Northern Colorado to Division II national championships in 1996 and 1997, and Montana to the NCAA Division I-AA national championship in 2001. In 2004, Glenn guided Wyoming to a 24-21 victory over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl, marking the first bowl appearance for the Cowboys in 11 years and its first bowl victory in 38 years.
It will be interesting to watch the USD situation unfold. Fans probably will closely scrutinize Glenn and USD athletic director David Sayler just as they did USD's decision to let former coach Ed Meierkort go. Meierkort directed the Coyotes to a 54-35 record in his eight seasons and the transition from Division II to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
USD was 36-51 in the previous eight seasons before Meierkort arrived.