Crossover Classic returns to the Sanford Pentagon


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The field has been reduced from eight teams to four, but the Crossover Classic remains a marquee event at the Sanford Pentagon.

West Virginia won the first Crossover Classic last November. A year later the event has a new sponsor, a new format and mostly a new team field.

“We are satisfied with the field. We think we have a really interesting mix of teams, an interesting mix of talent, and they should all put the fans out on a really good show, ”said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations, Sanford Sports.

“If you’re a basketball junkie in the state of South Dakota, these are great games to watch,” said Freddy Coleman, director of the Sanford POWER Basketball Academies.

The round robin event will be attended by SDSU, Nevada, George Mason and Washington. Coleman says playing three games in three days against three quality teams will be a good test to start the season with.

“They’re going to dig deeper into their banks, they’re going to do different sub-rotations, it’s going to be really interesting to see how coaches use three games and how they play for the next three days,” said Coleman.

SDSU is the only team returning to the Crossover Classic and will benefit greatly from this year’s fan base.

“We want to build this week of basketball for the Pentagon, for Sioux Falls, for this region, and having fans and having a full house will make these teams special,” said Smith.

“It’s a basketball state and our facilities here at the Sanford Pentagon are phenomenal and I think this is really attractive to different teams that come here, but for the most part they know they are going to get quality games,” said Coleman.

Click HERE for the Crossover Classic 2021 schedule.


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