Reports of the Bison Men’s Basketball season being over apparently were greatly exaggerated. NDSU was selected to play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Sunday night and will head to Laramie, Wyoming to face the University of Wyoming. It was a wild 24-36 hours for the Bison, head coach Saul Phillips told me Sunday night that things “started to heat up late Saturday night and figured there might be an outside possibility of playing in the postseason.” Phillips told me the call came at 8pm Sunday night after the NIT took both Minnesota and Stanford, each of those teams were committed to the CBI if they had no other options. So the Bison will play at least one more game. Many thought, including Phillips himself that NDSU had played it’s last game last Sunday at the Summit League Tournament after the quarterfinal loss to Western Illinois, “Up until last weekend had a good chance at postseason play and it doesn’t feel good that we’re not going to get it.” Well NDSU has a new lease on life after being selected for this tournament. The Bison will certaintly welcome another chance to get on the court, especially after how the last month and a half went for NDSU, as they lost 9 of their last 13 games. A chance for a group of 3 sophomores and a true freshman to experience postseason basketball can only be good after Phillips said that this upcoming summer will be “huge”. Plus it’s a chance for NDSU to go up against a solid conference in the Mountain West. We’ll see if they’re able to take advantage of this new lease on life.
- Fifth year of the event, consisting of 16 teams, two final teams will play a best of three championship series
- Teams pay 35,000 to host 1st round games, up to 75,000 for the semifinals
- Past champs or finalists include: Creighton, VCU, Oregon State and Tulsa
- 20-11 record; 6-8 record in Mountain West
- Larry Shyatt in 1st year as Head Coach
- Beat 3 NCAA Tournament Teams (Colorado, Colorado State and UNLV)
- 6-8 record in last 14 games, allow just 55 points per game, rank in top 10 in nation
This is the 2nd matchup between NDSU and Wyoming in recent years, many will remember the football team went to Laramie in 2008, losing 16-13. More on the game later today on WDAY 6 Sports and on Dizzo’s Den on 970 WDAY at 6:30 with Jeff and I.