SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Augustana men’s basketball team hits the road for Fayette, Iowa, Friday for a 5:30 p.m. tip against Upper Iowa. The previously scheduled game at Winona State on Saturday was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols as part of the Winona State men’s basketball program.
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It will be a battle between two nationally ranked teams on Friday night as the Vikings are ranked No.23 in the latest NABC Top-25 while Upper Iowa holds a No.24 ranking. It will be the first time in 2021. – 22 that the Vikings face an opponent ranked as a NABC ranked team.
Upper Iowa enters week 9-1. The Peacocks have won three straight games after losing their only game of the season to Minnesota State in overtime on Dec. 2. The Peacocks are shooting 47.6% from the field and averaging 86.9 points per game.
Goalkeeper Jareese Williams is the Peacocks’ leading scorer with 19.6 points per game with 42.4 percent from shots. He has scored over 20 points in three of his last four games. Guard Joe Smoldt has been just as good this season, averaging 18.6 points per game with 42.1% shooting. The top two guards also shoot well from behind the arc, Williams has 31 and Smoldt has 30 3-Pt FGMs this year.
Peacock’s defense gave up 76.3 points per game, by a margin of +10.6. They’ve forced 11 turnovers per game so far this season with 5.8 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.
About the Vikings
Augustana is on a 10-1 start in 2021-22 with an NSIC record of 4-1. The Vikings have won six straight games, including a 33-point victory over the then number one. 25 teams in the country.
Tyler riemersma took home the NSIC Southern Division Player of the Week honors after averaging 23 points and 14 rebounds on a pair of wins last weekend, first the aforementioned 33-point victory over Minnesota State , followed by a 75-58 win over Concordia-St. Paul.
For the season, Riemersma scores 18.2 points and gets 10.6 rebounds per game to lead AU in each statistical category. Isaac fink, who has played an important role in the Vikings’ offense in the past, is enjoying an offensive explosion this season with 17.4 points per game. Dylan Le Brun and Adam dykman also averaged double-digit points at 11.4 and 10.4 points per game, respectively.
Jameson bryan, who collected 40 assists, a team-high, ranks 20the in the country with an assistance / turnover ratio of 3.64 to 1.
One last thing
Riemersma is in a line of landmark achievements. Friday against Minnesota State, he recorded his 1000e collegiate point by combining Augustana and Navy. Saturday he got his 700e rebound in Augustana. This weekend he will be looking to score his 1000e Point Augustana as he enters Friday’s contest with 979 points scored in an Augustana uniform.