SIOUX FALLS, SD – Augustana’s men’s basketball opens the 2021-22 season Friday and Saturday at the Central Region Challenge in Kansas City, Missouri. The Vikings’ first game of the season is against Southern Arkansas on Friday and against No.11 Washburn on Saturday.
There will be no live streaming of the matches and there will be no audio on Friday. Saturday’s game will have audio found on GoAugie.com courtesy of Washburn Athletics. Both competitions will have live statistics available.
Augustana opens 2021-22 after a 9-7 record in the shortened 2021 campaign. Tyler riemersma and Adam dykman each won South All-NSIC Division honors. Riemersma averaged a double-double of 13.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, his second consecutive season with a double-double average. Dykman has 12.7 points per game in 16 starts.
On a 1,000-point watch, Augustana has three players who are expected to hit the threshold in 2021-2022. Dylan Le Brun starts the season with 793 points while Dykman is at 790 and Riemersma at 779.
The Vikings were selected fourth in the NSIC preseason coaching poll after averaging 80.6 points per game last season. AU defended to the tune of 75.3 points allowed per game while shooting 44.1% from the field. On the offensive boards, Tyler riemersma was a force, placing second in the NSIC at 3.4 per game, giving Augustana plenty of second chances.
The Muleriders ended their season in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season after going 15-6 on the season. They lost the GAC Championship to Arkansas-Monticello.
Returning for the Muleriders is their top scorer, Aaron Lucas, he led the GAC last season with 360 points overall. Brothers Devante and Jalen Brooks return for the Muleriders as second and third scorers last season, returning over 500 points scored.
The Mulerider defense finished third in the GAC last season with just 67.8 points allowed per game. They also led the conference in interceptions, removing the ball 164 times.
The defending MIAA champions return this season after a 20-7 record and a second-round outing last season at the hands of MIAA runner-up Northwest Missouri State.
The Ichabods return their top three scorers, Tyler Geiman scored the fifth most points in the country last season with 547 points. Jalen Lewis and Tyler Nelson also return for the Ichabods with over 650 points combined, the three players were among the top 20 scorers in the MIAA.
Ichabod’s defense placed third in the MIAA last season with just 72.1 points allowed per game. They were sixth in the nation last season with 187 interceptions, and they come to the boards quite often, with 911 total rebounds last season, they were fifth in the nation.
After the season opener, the Vikings jump straight into a second challenge, the East / West challenge pitting four of the state’s five NCAA Division II schools against each other. Augustana travels to Aberdeen to face Black Hills State on Friday November 19 and South Dakota Mines on Saturday November 20.