A Second Crown

A Second Crown

NDSU claimed a second Summit League men’s basketball crown in six years on Thursday night as the Bison defeated South Dakota 82-54 and in the process fulfilled one of its major preseason goals. The glamour comes in March with the postseason tournament, but to win the conference crown illustrates who the best team was during the regular season. The Bison now have locked up the top seed for the tournament and won’t play till 6pm on March 10th against the winner of the 4/5 matchup. They also have the automatic bid to the NIT cinched up, which to most that read the blog seems like small potatoes, but it is a really big deal as well, with each game being televised on ESPN.

Taylor Braun and NDSU captured a second Summit League Championship on Thursday night.

Winning two conference crowns in the last six years may not sound all that impressive, but when stacked up against other mid-major schools NDSU fits in with some impressive company.

Conference Titles Won By Mid-Major Schools Since 2009:

  • 3: Butler (2009, 2010 and 2011)
  • 3: Stephen F. Austin (2009, 2013 and 2014)
  • 2: Oakland (2010 and 2011)
  • 2: Creighton (2009 and 2013)
  • 2: Weber State (2009 and 2010)
  • 2: Montana   (2012 and 2013)
  • 2: Valparaiso (2012 and 2013)
  • 2: NDSU   (2009 and 2013)
Ironic to see Stephen F. Austin on this list, that’s the team that Ben Woodside had the game of his life against, scoring 60 points, it appears the Lumberjacks are heading back to the NCAAs this year, they clinched the Southland title on Thursday night. There’s one glaring stat attached to the Summit schools on this list compared to the others, and that’s NCAA Tourney success, obviously Butler has had some, Creighton and Valpo have, even the Big Sky schools to some extent. We’ll see if NDSU can take the next step and join a “higher” class of mid-major if they reach the NCAA Tournament, but for tonight, it’s time to understand that NDSU isn’t just a football school anymore.

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