It’s an hour before game time and you can say about the fan base: there is more yellow and green in the Metrodome than blue. There was certainly a tournament feel at The Depot tailgate extravaganza this morning — it wasn’t Gopher packed but plenty of people nonetheless.
Welcome to NDSU vs. Kansas.
Not sure if Saul Phillips is getting his "way past big speech time" pre-game speech ready, but he didn’t look tight this morning. Players also look loose, but who knows what’s ticking inside.
KU starters: 5-11 G Sherron Collins, 6-3 G Brady Morningstar, 6-3 G Tyshawn Taylor, 6-8 F Marcus Morris, 6-11 C Cole Aldrich.
NDSU starters: 5-11 G Ben Woodside, 6-4 G Mike Nelson, 6-6 F Brett Winkelman, 6-7 F Michael Tveidt, 6-10 C Lucas Moormann.
Comments are on, feel free to watch TV, turn down the volume and put Scotty Miller on the play by play and follow along, as much as the NCAA will allow us to live blog anyway. Familiar voice on the PA, Dick Jonckowski, who is a big supporter of the Maris golf tournament every year. Word has it that he’s going to put a little emphasis on "Woooodside" upon a 3-pointer.
Good to see we have some overseas readers. Hate to do this, but I would put the Bison crowd at 2/3 of the folks in here, so if the Gopher ticket office estimated 15,500, that would make it about 10 thousand or so, including the governor, for the visiting team on the scoreboard.
Say this about the Kansas coaching staff: they have more expensive suits and guys with slicked-back hair. On to the game ..
17:29: Bison survived to the first time out, a crucial factor. Down 12-11, but shooting well. Two fouls on Tveidt hurts, however. Collins is good, tough and everything advertised so far. He already has 7 points.
10:53: Second foul on Moormann, looked rather touchy on a battle for a rebound. NDSU still hanging getting a 3 from Josh Vaughan. Bison balanced — the five players on the floor have 3 or 4 points. Collins, however, unstoppable with 13. I thought that was one of the keys for an NDSU upset — Bison needed Collins to have an off day.
6:47: Woodside 3 ties it at 25-25, KU up 27-25 at the media time out. Collins has 15 points, Woodside 10. KU bench not impressive, looked timid at times, and refs appear to be calling more holding calls out front, which is good for Woodside.
4:41: KU on a 7-0 run to take a 34-27 lead with Taylor going to the line for a three-point play. Good Jayhawk defense has sparked this spurt.
1:51: Great block by Flowers, leads to Winkelman 3 on other end and Bison get crowd back in the game at 38-34. KU calls time out.
Half: KU 43, NDSU 34. Collins hits field goal with 2 seconds with Nelson absolutely all over him. It’s Collins vs. Woodside so far — Collins has 17 and Woodside 16.
16:44: Great tip in by Tveidt, he’ll go the line after KU time out for three-point play attempt. KU had Bison on ropes at 47-36, but crowd, once again, back in the game for NDSU trailing 47-43.
15:21: Woodside misses makeable floater in lane, Aldrich comes back with his fifth dunk and it’s 49-44 and the under 16 media time out.
11:48: We have a ballgame. Woodside lightning quick drive and scores, going for three-point play after time out with Bison trailing 56-52. What’s that cliche .. the longer the underdog hangs around?
7:57: KU can’t stop Woodside, but Bison trail 62-57 with Woodside going to the line for two free throws after media time out. Woody with 27 points, Collins with 23.
Final: 84-74 (sorry, last couple entries got chopped for some reason)