Couple thoughts before we dive into the latest topic, disappointing loss for the Bison men’s basketball team tonight against IUPUI. The Jags came in hot I know, but sat in 7th in the league standings, with just two road wins. NDSU played sloppy in the first half, but still had chances to get back into the game, at several points cutting the lead to three. Alex Young got big shots when he needed to and now with the loss, NDSU drops out of the 3 seed. Some may say no big deal, but it totally changes the setup for the Summit League Tournament. As the 3 seed, NDSU would play the 6 seed, which is Southern Utah, a squad NDSU swept during the regular season. If the Bison finish 4th, then it could be Western Illinois, a team NDSU lost to by 4 in Macomb and will wrap up the season with on Saturday. To lock down the 3 seed, NDSU needs some help now, Bison must beat Western Illinois and have Oakland lose at South Dakota. We’ll see, but after the red hot 6-0 start, the Bison are just 11-11 since.
Now onto my favorite topic lately, football scheduling! Idaho State got a healthy payday from Nebraska today to fill out it’s schedule, the Bengals just the latest team to be playing 2 FBS schools in 2012. Now that leads to a school that’s also playing 2 FBS teams in 2012, Northern Iowa. Most that read the blog know of the Panthers financial issues, more details came out Thursday, which you can read here. I had a chance to visit with UNI Athletic Director Troy Dannen earlier this week about a range of topics, everything from playing 2 FBS schools yearly, to how NDSU has affected getting FCS games at home and how much you have to pay for them, and lastly how does NDSU fit into the long-range plans of the Missouri Valley Conference? All that and more, click here. Love to hear some comments after you listen..thanks!