Bragging Rights

Marcus Traxler

They are your neighbors, your high school classmates, your family members.

You picked a side. SDSU or USD. You’re on that side for life and you’ll let them know about it. You’re part of a state divided.

The history dates back to 1915 on the hardwood, alternating across the 116 miles separating Brookings and Vermillion. The games have been legendary, the stories maybe even more so, with famous tales of Frost Arena regularly packing in 8,000 or more ravenous fans for the meetings.

That is likely in the past. After an eight-year hiatus, the rivalry will try to turn the page and leave the ugly history of the feud behind.

The SDSU men’s team could be on the way to its best season yet in the Summit League and the USD squad is trying to acclimate to a new conference. Meanwhile, the Coyote women have asserted themselves as a tough foe and will face the three-time defending league champion Jackrabbits for the first time in their new league.

Both schools have recently moved onto a bigger stage — Division I — and the wait for the series to resume is nearly over.

Pride and bragging rights are on the line. Let the games begin.