The Field of 68 Opening Day Showcase

Mon, Nov. 04 08:00 AM - 11:00 PM CST
Sanford Sports Complex
Sioux Falls, SD

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image of Heritage Court at the Sanford Pentagon

The Field of 68, a podcast network, is partnering with Sanford Sports to launch a new, innovative event on the opening day of the college basketball season. On Nov. 4, 2024, the Sanford Pentagon will host matchups between six of the best programs in college basketball.

The inaugural event features the following matchups:

  • Saint Louis vs. Santa Clara
  • College of Charleston vs. Southern Illinois
  • McNeese State vs. South Dakota State

The games will be broadcast on The Field of 68’s YouTube Channel and X feeds, and the network’s popular After Dark show will go live from the floor of the Sanford Pentagon at 11 p.m. ET.

The times of the games will be released later.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CT Aug. 1 on

Current South Dakota State head coach Eric Henderson will be looking to make it to his third NCAA Tournament this season by kicking off the season against arguably the best mid-major team in college basketball in McNeese State

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Arguably the best mid-major team in college basketball in McNeese State, Will Wade has put together a loaded roster that should be able to build on last season’s 30-4 record. 

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After spending the last two years working as an analyst on The Field of 68, Chris Mack replaced Pat Kelsey as Charleston’s head coach. He will be coaching his first game in more than 30 months. The Cougars are expected to be the CAA preseason favorites.

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Southern Illinois hired former Wright State head coach Scott Nagy in the spring. Nagy was previously the head coach at South Dakota State, leading the Jackrabbits transition to the Division I ranks. He made the NCAA Tournament three times in a five- season span in Brookings.

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Saint Louis is coached by Josh Schertz, who made the move to the A-10 program after a 32-win season at Indiana State a year ago. He will be joined at Saint Louis by one of the biggest stars in the sport, Robbie Avila.

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Herb Sendek has led the Broncos to three consecutive top four finishes in the WCC while having a player drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft in each of the last two years.

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Sanford Pentagon
2210 W Pentagon Pl
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
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