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The University of South Dakota will take on Duke on Dec. 2

Yotes to tangle with DUKE - Historic Moment in SD Hoops history
May 4, 2017

The Lightning Rod,

Years ago when the University of South Dakota decided to leap from the comfy confines of Division 11, few could have imagined that one day tiny little USD from Vermillion South Dakota would one day tangle with the likes of Duke.


After taking their lumps and gradually ascending through the ranks to a near NCAA tournament bid this year, the Yotes got noticed and Wednesday, USD announced the University of South Dakota will be taking on Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils inside Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 2 in Durham, N.C. It will be the first meeting between the two programs.

"We are pumped to announce that we will be playing one of the premier programs in the history of NCAA college basketball in Duke University," said Smith. "We are incredibly thankful to coach Krzyzewski and Duke for the opportunity to compete in one of the finest venues in all of sports. We know the Cameron Crazies will create an amazing atmosphere."

(Borrowed the quote from the USD press release).


What an amazing moment for the University of South Dakota and for all of South Dakota basketball. A lot of people and organizations across the state continue to make strides in the development and production of some TUFF talent from our state and surrounding states that are now sending premier players to Vermillion to play at a program that now gets to play the likes of Duke. 


Yeah, I'm a Duke fan through and through, and while my first reaction is to say Duke by 20, ya never know, that Matt Mooney kid is TUFF....

Duke has won five NCAA championships and competed in 16 Final Fours. This past season, the Blue Devils won their 20th ACC Tournament championship by becoming the first team ever to win four games in four days. Duke finished 28-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The program has won an NCAA-best 132 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents dating back to 2000.

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