SIOUX FALLS, SD – Four games into the season and it’s time for the NSIC to take action for the Augustana men’s basketball team. The Vikings will skip out of conference play on Tuesday and travel to Wayne, America to take on Wayne State at 7:30 p.m. Augustana, and then return to non-conference play on Friday and Saturday by hosting Doane and Grand View.
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The Vikings will have the second game of the doubles program on Tuesday and Saturday while it will be a single single game on Friday. Augustana and Wayne State announce at 7:30 p.m. while the Vikings host Doane at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s double schedule will see Augustana play at 5 p.m.
Wayne State enters Tuesday’s game 2-2 and is the defending NSIC South Division champion. After losing the first two games of the season, the Wildcats rebounded with wins over Bellevue and Simpson. They average 73.5 points per game with a score margin of +7.0. The Wildcats were chosen to win the NSIC South and finish second overall in the NSIC preseason coaching standings.
Junior forward and 2021 NSIC South Division player of the year Jordan Janssen has led the way for the Wildcats so far this season. He averages 15.8 points per game, while averaging 6.5 rebounds, the team’s best. Freshman Sean Stokes has been hot for three years to start his career, coming off the bench in all four games. He averages 10.3 points while shooting 52.9% beyond the arc.
The Wildcats’ defense allowed just 66.5 points per game, with a scoring margin of 7.0. They forced 17 turnovers per game with 42 interceptions and 14 blocks.
The Doane Tigers start the week at 7-3 and are the winners of two of their last three games. They suffered a 67-53 loss at Northwestern. At 77.7 points per game, the Tigers are shooting 51.3% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc.
Senior Anthony Laravie leads the Tigers on the offensive end with 15.2 points per game with 45.9 percent from shots. He averages 2.4 field goals at 3 points per game while shooting 36.4% from depth. Alec Oberhauser leads the Tigers on the rebound with 8.2 rebounds per game and also leads the team with 3.6 assists per outing.
The Tiger’s defense allows only 60.2 points per game on 38.8% shots. They average 7.7 steals and 4.0 blocks per game.
The Vikings (Grand View)
The Grand View Vikings enter the week with a 5-2 record. Their two losses come from Viterbo and Baptist Bible. The Vikings are averaging 85.4 points per game with 45.1% shooting.
Ryan Miller and Dallas Bailey have paved the way for Grand View this season. They average 19.3 and 14.7 points per game, respectively. Bailey leads the way for the Vikings on the boards with 11.6 rebounds per game while Miller leads the Vikings with 5.1 assists per game.
The Viking defense gives up 73.7 points per game on 41.4% of shots. They average 7.9 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
The Vikings (Augustana)
Augustana is 4-0 in 2021-2022 after scoring victories over 2021 MIAA tournament champion Washburn, the team took third place in the RMAC, Black Hills State, NCAA tournament foe Southern Arkansas and South Dakota Mines.
The Vikings are led in scoring by Isaac fink and his 20 points per game. Tyler riemersma is right behind and 19 points per outing while averaging a double-double with 11.5 rebounds per game. Both Fink and Riemermsa shoot the ball at an extremely high pace, 54.5 percent from the field.
As a team, the Vikings are averaging 75.3 points per game while their starting opponents amass just 61.3 points against AU. The Vikings’ offensive efficiency allows them to score at a rate of 43.9% and is aided by the NSIC’s No.1 offensive rebounding team with 14.3 offensive boards per game.
One last thing
Augustana opened the season 4-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season. With that, all four wins came against the NCAA Division II competition. Augustana never started a 4-0 season against the NCAA Division II competition.