The basketball season is approaching fast. The University of Wisconsin-Stout men’s team starts their season on Nov. 16 in St. Paul, Minn., facing off against St. Scholastica in the Bethel University Tip-Off Tournament. This year, almost the entire team is returning, which makes them a more experienced team.
This season marks Eddie Andrist’s 13th season of coaching basketball at UW-Stout. Under his coaching, basketball at UW-Stout has really taken off, creating camps and clinics as well as bringing in even more fans. Andrist’s hard work on and off the court has been helping to benefit all of those individuals aspiring to become players and coaches.
Practice started on Oct. 15 for the winter sports teams and Andrist is making sure that the men work hard in practice to prepare for their upcoming season.
“The big thing is to have a good, defensive team,” said Andrist. “The teams that win are the teams that defend.”
The Blue Devils ended their last season with a 9-16-0 record. This season, the team is aiming to make the WIAC playoffs in February and play in the NCAA Tournament.
To prepare for the start of the season, the Blue Devils have been doing intra-squad scrimmages to work on their defense and offense. During these scrimmages, the team was split into a blue team and a white team. In the second half, the blue team came out and nailed shot after shot, breaking the tie and ultimately giving them the win over the white team. Forward Alex Oman, a junior from Lake Elmo, Minn., was hitting his shots and he led the blue team to their victory by scoring 18 points.
Jarvis Regland, a junior from Milwaukee, led the white team with his 22-point contribution. Aaron Jenny, a junior from Spicer, Minn., added 12-points to the white team’s final score of 61 points.
Besides working hard on the court, Andrist is teaching the men something that can be applied both on and off of the court.
“I want them to have a great, positive experience,” said Andrist. “I want them to work hard and hopefully that develops a work ethic that can be carried over into their work, job, and their marriage.”