With a new coaching staff and a roster in flux, expectations for the South Dakota men's basketball team were somewhat low, but after two weeks of conference play, the Coyotes are making a push for the top.

South Dakota is doing it the hard way so far, with both of their Summit League wins away from home.

Last Saturday, the Coyotes survived a game that featured ten lead changes and ten ties, as for the second straight conference game, Tyler Larson sank last second free throws on the road to help secure a USD victory, this time a 64-62 win at Fort Wayne.

I asked head coach Craig Smith about his senior's heroics:

(Photo by Dave Eggen/Inertia)

That win moved USD to 2-1 in Summit League play, and into a three-way tie for second place, one game behind North Dakota State.

The first place Bison (3-0) are in the DakotaDome Wednesday night, and bring with them the top scorer in the Summit League in Lawrence Alexander, who averages 22 points a game.

The defending Summit League champs are also continuing to do what they do best, shoot the ball accurately - 48 percent as a team so far in conference play.

Coach Smith on the match-up:

Tipoff is 7:00pm Wednesday in Vermillion.