Utah State basketball puts first games on the calendar, will play in South Dakota tournament

(Eli Lucero | The Herald Journal via AP) Utah State coach Craig Smith celebrates with fan on the court after Utah State defeated No. 12 Nevada 81-76 in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Logan, Utah. Smith will have a homecoming of sorts when his Aggies team opens the season at the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic on Nov. 25, 2020, in South Dakota, where Smith coached from 2014-18.

Utah State put its first games of the 2020 season on the calendar Wednesday when it announced it would be participating in the Bad Boys Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The tournament, which runs from Nov. 25-27, includes Creighton, Saint Mary’s, Memphis, South Dakota State, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Wichita State. It is the same event the University of Utah pulled out of last week. Sources said the Utes had concerns over South Dakota’s rising case rate, which is among the highest in the nation.

The Aggies are scheduled to open against Wichita State at 7:30 p.m. MST on Nov. 25. The Shockers finished fourth in the AAC last season. The game will be shown on ESPN2. Some fans will be allowed to attend

The tournament will be a homecoming of sorts for USU coach Craig Smith. He returns to South Dakota after serving as the head coach of the University of South Dakota from 2014 to 2018.

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