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CSC MBB 12 Kendrick HollimanCHADRON – The Chadron State College men’s basketball team will open its schedule by playing at Dickinson State in North Dakota at 5 p.m. on Friday.

CSC coach Brent Bargen said he is “pretty optimistic” about this year’s team. He said the Eagles have 10 players who are vying for starting nods.

“We are two deep at each position and have more talent,” Bargen said. “We should be a fun team to watch.”

The roster includes 10 players who have returned from a year ago and six transfers. Two of the top players from a year ago, Zac Bargen and Kyle Vinich, are still playing football, but Bargen also has been practicing with the basketball team and will make the trip to Dickinson.

Bargen was the RMAC’s leading scorer last season at 18.2 points a game and also led the Eagles in rebounding and 3-point shooting.

The Blue Hawks finished with a 12-18 record last season. They are affiliated with the NAIA, which allows its teams to begin playing before NCAA teams can take the court. Thus, the Blue Hawks have already played four games, some of them exhibition contests. They have lost all four.

The setbacks were to Minot State 79-70, South Dakota Mines 67-65, Montana State at Bozeman 88-63 and Idaho State 97-54.

The Dickinson roster includes four seniors. The Hawks don’t have any giants, but have good overall height. Six of them are 6-foot-6 or taller.

After playing at Dickinson, the Eagles will visit Grace University in Omaha on Thursday, Nov. 14 and open their home slate against South Dakota Mines on Tuesday, Nov. 19.