The USD men's basketball team starts Summit League play tomorrow night when they host Western Illinois.
The Coyotes are off to a 3-3 start to the season, which included a loss at Gonzaga.
While the faces change from season to season, one thing stays the same at USD, as head coach Dave Boots is starting his 25th season in Vermillion.
"I love the University, and all of the players we have had here. That's what keeps you going, and every season is different." says Boots
Boots hopes to see a lot of improvement from his Coyote team from a year ago. He lost his top two scorers Charlie Westbrook and Louie Krogman to graduation, but he sees a lot more balance with the points this year.
"I think we'll see a lot more balance in scoring. We need to have four or five or six guys in double figures and we'll be more successful." says Boots
"We can score, we need to work on our defense and rebounding. And then we'll be fine." says junior Karim Rowson.
The Coyotes have started two freshman in Casey Kasperbauer and Tyler Flack. They have averaged in double figures. Junior transfer Karim Rowson has made an impact, while junior center Trevor Gruis and been tough inside.
"We need to be tough and finish games. Last year we lost a number of close games, we didn't finish, and we need to work on that." says Gruis.
USD wants to be a part of the party in Sioux Falls in March. This is the first year, they're Summit League Tournament eligible.
"Our goal is the Summit League Tournament. But we have to get through the regular season and take it game by game before we can think about that." says Gruis.