Trojans With Conference Title Hopes Still in Reach: Game Preview – Dakota State vs Valley City State

The Dakota State Men’s Basketball team (15-11 overall, 5-5 NSAA) returns home to look to end their losing spell in conference play against the Valley City State Vikings.

With the season coming to a close, the men’s standings are tight with seedings coming down to the final day on Saturday. As it stands currently, Mayville State is alone atop the conference with a 7-3 record. Followed by Bellevue with a 6-4 record, then there’s a tie for second between the Trojans and Dickinson State. All four of these top teams still have a chance to win the conference going into Friday.

Valley City State

The Vikings (11-13 overall, 3-7 NSAA) are continuing to struggle in conference play and are out of the hunt for the conference title. They’ve managed an NSAA Player-of-the-Week honor since the two teams last matched up on Jan. 12 just over a month ago. The player awarded was Cleveland Bedgood on Jan. 29 for the previous week where he averaged 32.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game that week.

Valley City has yet to find a rhythm this season in conference. They’ve dropped three of their last four games this season. Their last road win was Jan. 27 against Waldorf. The offense hasn’t lacked, but the defense has. The offense is second in conference with 77.8 points per game, but allows 82.3 to their opponents, which is last in the NSAA.

They’re led in scoring by Bedgood who averages 19.2 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field. Following him in scoring is one double figure scorer, that being Lamar Grayson with 12.7 points a game off the bench.

Dakota State

The Trojans are due for a win. This team has continued to battle through its adversity and a chance still at the conference title going into this game. During this four-game losing streak, the Trojans have failed to shoot above 30% from deep.

It’s been about the start to the game for the Trojans and having the ability to maintain leads. They’ve failed to lead going into halftime in the last five straight outings, only coming out on top against MSU. DSU is 4-9 when trailing at halftime. Their last lead going into halftime was Jan. 20 vs Waldorf, nearly a month ago.

Dakota State is led in scoring by Mison Coilton 14.2 points per game and 16.9 points a game in conference. The other double figure scorer for DSU is Emmanuel Akpan with 10 a game. As of Wednesday prior to this week’s conference games, Dakota State is second in the conference in scoring defense. The Trojans have allowed 71.3 points per game in ten NSAA games this season.

Tipoff is set for 7:30pm on Friday following the women’s game with the pregame at approximately 7:15pm on Jammin Country 103.

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