The Bison men’s basketball team knows if they want to win the Summit League championship they need to run the table at home and if they play like they did tonight against Omaha, it’s going to be hard for anyone to come to Fargo and beat this team. NDSU got six players into double figures, led by Taylor Braun with his now standard 20 points, Lawrence Alexander jump-started everything with a thunderous dunk not even a minute into the game and the Bison were off and running.
The one item that was most impressive about tonight’s game was the bench production, Mike Felt got hot in the 2nd half and ended up with 13 points, but I thought the real key was Jordan Aaberg’s minutes in the first half, he ended with 8 points and now finally healthy, can give NDSU some much needed size off the bench when Marshall Bjorklund is sitting. The biggest stat though was 11; 11 blocks by NDSU, one shy of tying the school record for a single game set eight years ago. You add in another terrific shooting night for the top team in the NCAA in field goal percentage (54% tonight) and NDSU has won two straight conference games and sits in a tie for third place.
The Summit League standings are certainly going to make you shake your head; with teams we didn’t expect to be on top or at the bottom:
- IPFW 3-0
- South Dakota 2-0
- NDSU 2-1
- SDSU 2-1
- Western Illinois 1-1
- Denver 0-2
- Omaha 0-2
- IUPUI 0-3
Seeing IPFW and South Dakota at the top is way more of a surprise to me than seeing Denver at the bottom, but mind you, we’re just 3 games into this and lots to happen yet, but this game Saturday for NDSU is a biggie, chance to get to 3-1, knowing Fort Wayne plays at Vermillion on Saturday as well. Welcome to the Summit roller coaster.