ThisÂ NDSU over SDSU men’s basketball nine-game winning streak, we’ve been told, is just a media thing and the teams don’t care much about it. That may be true,Â so let’s talk about it.
Back when these teams were considering a Division I transition, it’s possible that you could see a nine-game winning streak in this series — by SDSU. TheÂ fact it’s reached this point in favor of NDSU is historically remarkable. The Jacks were the kings of basketball in the North Central Conference.
Not so in D-I.
“Goofy things happen in basketball,” said NDSU head coach Saul Phillips. “Goofy streaks. I’m sure they’re not looking at it like they’ve lost a bunch. I’m sure they’re looking at it to get some momentum going into the tournament. I would be the first to admit that plenty of times we’ve been fortunate down the stretch to pull it out. It would be one thing if we were blowing them out by 30 every time but that simply has not been the case.”
Considering the odds of sports and all streaks eventually coming to an end, Bison fans can be excused if they’re having a little paranoia on the eve of the biggest home game of the year. SDSU is without a doubt the favorite at 18-10 overall, 10-7 in the league and an advantage at most positions, most notably point guard with Nate Wolters.