NDSU picked up a valuable road win yesterday in Omaha, 75-59 and in the process put themselves in a good spot to clinch either the one or two seed for the upcoming Summit League Tournament. Taylor Braun may have played his best game of the season yesterday; 31 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists as the Bison pulled away early in the 2nd half and secured their first road sweep of the season; it was Braun’s 4th 30 point game of the season.
There were some interested spectators in the crowd yesterday in Omaha; Summit League commissioner Tom Douple; Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen and Ken Pomeroy took in the game. Rasmussen is a key guy on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee; obviously wanting to get a closer look at the Bison if they happen to win the Summit League Tournament. Pomeroy is well known to all college hoops junkies for his statistical data site that perhaps is the most accurate in the country; his website is here. Pomeroy tweeted this about NDSU yesterday:
North Dakota State beats Omaha 75-59 [72 poss]. Taylor Braun with 31, 15, and 5. Bison a pesky 13-seed if they survive Summit tourney.
— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) February 15, 2014
The conference race opened up yesterday and again because of Denver, the Pioneers fell to winless IUPUI Thursday; then they come back and beat Fort Wayne on the road on Saturday. That leaves NDSU at 9-2; SDSU at 8-3 and Fort Wayne at 7-4 and to me it looks like a two horse race for the conference title between the Bison and Jacks and as luck would have it the two play on Saturday night at the BSA. But I think it also speaks to how wild the tournament is going to be, that Denver and Fort Wayne could find themselves in Tuesday’s final just as easy as NDSU and SDSU could be. The Jacks though have to be considered the favorite with that home crowd advantage they have proven tough to beat the last two years in Sioux Falls.
Potential big day for the Bison wrestling team, they open with Chattanooga in the D1 National Duals in Columbus, Ohio this afternoon and if they win that match, they’ll go up against Minnesota in the next round. Obvious a big challenge there for NDSU, who returns to conference play this weekend with two huge matches against Wyoming and SDSU; but I’m curious to see how they fare against some of the best team in the country.
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