As the Iowa basketball team prepares to face South Dakota is an 8 p.m. game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the first round of the NIT, here are five things to know about the visiting Coyotes (22-11):
--Their starting point guard is Trey Dickerson, who played for Iowa during the 2014-15 season, then sat out last season after transferring. Dickerson played in 15 games with the Hawkeyes, averaging 2.7 points per game. The 6-foot-1 junior is averaging 10.4 points and 2.8 assists at South Dakota.
--South Dakota has at least one other player who has seen the inside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Senior center Tyler Flack played there as a freshman in South Dakota’s 87-63 loss to Iowa in 2012. He collected five points and seven rebounds in that game.
--The Coyotes have four transfers in the starting lineup with Flack being the only exception. Leading scorer Matt Mooney began his career at Air Force, Carlton Hurst started out at Colorado State, Dickerson came in from Iowa and Trey Burch-Manning is a junior college transfer.
--Third-year coach Craig Smith is a protégé of Nebraska coach Tim Miles, having served as an assistant under Miles at North Dakota State, Mayville State, Colorado State and Nebraska. Smith also was the head coach at Mayville State for three seasons, going 72-29 at the NAIA school.
--South Dakota had a 2-3 record this season against teams that made the NCAA tournament. It was 1-2 against instate rival South Dakota State, which won the Summit League tournament. The Coyotes also lost to Gonzaga and defeated Kent State.