We have reached the halfway point of the Summit League season and NDSU finds itself in second place, a game behind first place IPFW, the Mastodons have had a terrific season, including a win over NDSU in early January. For years; at least to us that cover NDSU and the Summit League, IPFW was the “other school” regarded well after IUPUI, who had an NBA player in George Hill and Oakland, who had one of the NCAA’s leading scorers in Reggie Hamilton. Even Western Illinois passed the Mastodons over the past two years when Jim Molinari came in as the Leathernecks lost to SDSU in the 2012 Summit title game. But here is Fort Wayne, already with 18 wins and in prime position to make the postseason for the first time in its Division 1 history. A closer look at the school’s season can be found here, but let’s circle next Saturday as a huge game at the BSA when Fort Wayne comes to town.
NDSU fell on the road at Summit newcomer Denver this afternoon, 67-63, Lawrence Alexander led the Bison with 20 points, but the Bison had a hard time stopping the Pioneers backdoor cuts and tricky offense. Brett Olson and Chris Udofia are two of the best players in the conference and each were in double figures as the Bison lost their 2nd conference game of the season. NDSU finishes its brutal three game road swing 2-1 with wins at SDSU and USD, and now can look at the second half of the schedule and know they have five of their last seven games at home. We have stressed how important grabbing the number one seed is this year for the Summit League tournament and this game on Saturday may be the game that determines it.
Tomorrow will mark the end of the NFL season and it should be mentioned that each of the Division schools in the state will be represented. Chris Kuper has been plagued with injuries and hasn’t played much on the Broncos offensive line from UND and former NDSU All-American Paul Cornick, who has been on the Broncos practice squad all year, has made the trip to New York and will watch the game tomorrow. Cornick is the latest in the Bison alumni to make the final game, former All-American linebacker Jerry Rosburg was on John Harbaugh’s Baltimore staff that won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens, three years earlier, former linebacker Ramon Humber was on the field with Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, he was lined up on the onside kick that started the second half for the Saints to beat Peyton Manning and Indianapolis. Two years earlier; former all-conference safety Craig Dahl watched from the press box as his NY Giants stunned the world; knocking off the 18-0 Patriots; Dahl ironically; had torn his ACL against New England in the regular season finale. Remarkable to see that many with ties to NDSU make the ultimate game.