When the 2015 Summit League basketball schedule first came out, fans of the South Dakota men noticed they wouldn't be seeing a lot of their team in person in January.

Through the first five games of conference play, USD has played at home just twice, 12 days apart.  In all, five of the Coyotes first seven Summit League games are on the road, a stretch that ends this week.

One of those home games was a 71-67 win over then-first place North Dakota State last week, snapping a 12-game losing streak to the Bison.

In that game, senior Tyler Larson notched his eighth double-double of the season (10 points/14 rebounds) and the Coyotes outscored NDSU by 18 at the free throw line.

USD head coach Craig Smith on the win over NDSU, a rare home victory for his team:

BROOKINGS, SD - JANUARY 17: George Marshall #11 from South Dakota State University applies pressure to Trey Norris #1 from the University of South Dakota in the first half of their game Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena in Brookings. (Photo by Dave Eggen/Inertia)

Two days later, the Coyotes rolled into Brookings and proceeded to score the first 20 points of the game against South Dakota State, only to see the Jackrabbits come storming back, scoring 28 of the next 30 points, eventually winning 71-57.

Coach Smith on what went wrong at Frost Arena:

Photo by Dave Eggen/Inertia

Week four of the Summit League season starts Thursday night at Western Illinois.

The Leathernecks have the newcomer of the year in the league from last season, sophomore Garret Covington, who's eighth in the league in scoring and second in defensive rebounding.

Coach Smith on guarding Covington:

Tipoff is 7:00 PM Thursday in Macomb, Illinois.