Men’s Basketball to Host American Family Insurance Classic Again – UMD Athletics

For the second year in a row, the UMD men’s basketball team will open the regular season by hosting the American Family Insurance Classic. Returning for the second year in a row are the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC) competitor Bemidji State University, and Southern Arkansas University. The action starts this Friday at 4pm at Romano Gym.


Bemidji vs. Nebraska Kearney – 4:00 PM
UMD vs. Southern Arkansas – 6pm

Bemidji vs. Southern Arkansas – 1pm
UMD vs. Nebraska Kearney – 3:00 PM

The Classic website is located here:

All games can be streamed live at:
Live stats for each game can be found here:

About the team

#7 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
2021-22 Results: 25-6, 16-4 NSIC
2021-22 Postseason Finishes: NCAA DII First Round
NSIC Preseason Rank: 1st

Things to know:

– The Bulldogs will be competing in the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time since 2003.
-Last season’s 25-6 record was UMD’s best since the 1990-91 season
-UMD brought back all five starters and lost just two players from last year’s team
– Minnesota Duluth has been the favorite to win this season’s NSIC since the 2001-02 season.
-Bulldogs Led By First Team All-NSIC Choice Drew Blair When Austin Andrews from a year ago. Andrews was named the NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year.

bemidji state beaver
2021-22 Results: 8-17, 5-16 NSIC
2021-22 Postseason End: N/A
NSIC Preseason Rank: 15th

Things to know:

– The Beavers graduated four seniors from last season, including Travis Bianco, who averaged 16.4 points per game.
– Bemidji will be led by Mohamed Kone, who averaged 11.7 points per game and led the team in assists and steals last year.
– Jon Sutherland is also a returning starter averaging 10.3 points per game.
– The Beavers were 3-1 in non-conference games a season ago.
– The Beavers won the regular season finale against St. Cloud State after overtime last season, 92-89.

Nebraska Kearney Ropers
2021-22 Results: 11-17, 7-15 MIAA
2021-22 Postseason End: N/A
MIAA Preseason Rank: 12th

Things to know:

– The Ropers brought back three starters from a year ago, including senior Darien Nebeker, who averaged double figures at 12.9 points per game.
– The Nebraska Kearney lost two other scorers averaging double figures, including leading scorer David Cymental.
– The Lopers welcomed 8 new recruits to the team, with 5 freshmen and 3 transfers.
-UNK went 4-2 in non-conference play last season
– Nebraska Kearney is 4-1 against UMD, losing the classic 77-64 last year and 0-2 against Bemidji State.

Mulriders, Southern Arkansas
2021-22 results: 18-12, 13-9 GAC
2021-22 Postseason Finish: GAC Semifinals
GAC Preseason Rank: 9th

Things to know:

– The Muhle Riders will be led by new head coach Logan Quinn, who has been an assistant to the staff for the past three seasons.
-Southern Arkansas returns four players from last year’s team, which finished fifth in the Great American Conference.
– Senior guard Blake Rogers started all 30 games in 2021-22, averaging 10.4 points per game.
-Redshirt sophomore forward Logan Bradley is back after not playing last season.
-Muleriders are not playing against either UMD or Bemidji State.

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