Ten years ago you would have had plenty of people laughing over the thought of North Dakota State and South Dakota State playing on ESPN 2 for a shot at the NCAA Tournament, but that was exactly the case tonight in Sioux Falls. In front of a huge SDSU crowd, the Jacks are heading to the Big Dance for a 2nd straight year; eliminating the Bison 73-67. Nate Wolters was his usual terrific self; scoring 27 points, Taylor Braun was terrific as well; pouring in 23 but the Jacks contained Marshall Bjorklund and Trayvonn Wright to get the win. Here’s Jody along with Forum Sports Editor Kevin Schnepf to break down the game.
It seems fitting that NDSU and SDSU would face each other with everything on the line; it happened already during the football season and the FCS Playoffs; now it’s for a trip to the Dance and the Summit League Final. This is the first time in 33 years that these two schools have played in a conference tournament final, the Jacks won that game, and you have to figure this will be a decided home court advantage for SDSU. Here’s Jody and Jeff with a complete preview of tonight’s game and make sure you come back at 7 for our live blog coverage!
Apparently NDSU only knows to either leave early or stay for the whole thing at the Summit League Tournament, the Bison finally found a way to crack thru Western Illinois’ defense and earn a trip to the Summit League Championship Game and
a chance at the NCAA Tournament. The Bison
got great games from Trayvonn Wright and Taylor Braun and now for the 2nd time this
sports season will face the Jacks with everything on the line. Here’s Jeff and Jody with complete thoughts from Sioux Falls!
Just wanted to amplify what Jeff wrote yesterday about the importance of tonight’s NDSU game with Akron; going beyond the TV impact; which can’t be ignored; I remember talking to the three standouts of this team when they verbally committed to the Bison(Wright; Braun and Bjorklund) all of them mentioned seeing NDSU playing Kansas in the NCAA Tournament as being a major factor of why they chose to come to Fargo. I’m not comparing the impact of tonight’s BracketBuster with that game, but for future recruits this is a big deal, there are not many games on tonight and for NDSU to get one of those games, it’s a big deal. It’s also a potential big weekend for the Summit League, getting 2 national TV games, this is a chance perhaps to push the needle for the conference against other leagues that 1) are on TV all the time and 2) have had NCAA tourney success. The Summit has multiple matchups with some solid mid-major leagues this weekend; 2 against the MAC(NDSU-Akron; Bowling Green-IPFW) ; 3 against the Ohio Valley (SDSU-Murray State; Oakland-Morehead State; UMKC-Tennessee Tech) and 2 against the Horizon (IUPUI-Milwaukee; Western Illinois-Cleveland State); take a look at some numbers of these leagues:
MAC (Since 2009); 3 NCAA Tournament Wins
Ohio Valley: 4 NCAA Tournament Wins
Horizon League: 14 NCAA Tournament Wins (This number is skewed by Butler of course)
Summit League: 0 NCAA Tournament Wins (Last was 2005)
Now I know some would point to how poorly the Summit has been seeded in the NCAA Tournament; but take a look at this:
NCAA Tournament Seeds:
Summit League MAC Ohio Valley
2009 NDSU (14) Akron (13) Morehead St (16)
2010 Oakland (14) Ohio (14) Murray State (13)
2011 Oakland (13) Akron (15) Morehead St.(13)
2012 SDSU (14) Ohio (13) Murray State (6)
This is a major chance for both NDSU and SDSU this weekend to put the Summit out there; not only for themselves; but for the league and the tournament committees(NCAA and NIT) to get them into bigger tournaments come next season and beyond.
Well a rather large week for NDSU athletics started last night with a great crowd at the BSA(biggest since some guys named Woodside, Winkelman and Nelson played there) as the Bison rallied to knock off SDSU and send a message to the rest of the Summit League that they’re for real, making the next 2 months lots of fun. As for football; Craig Bohl will hold his final news conference of the season tomorrow, and the final preps have to be done, NDSU leaves for Texas on Wednesday and so does the Forum Posse, cowboy hat included for those dying to know! Reminder as well, Fargo to Frisco airs 9pm Friday night on WDAY and then re-airs on the CW Saturday morning at 11am, NDSU Hall of Famer and Buffalo Bills Wall of Famer Phil Hansen will also be part of the show. Should be a great week; Happy New Year!
Well we now know the field of 20; NDSU does receive the top seed and will be home throughout, the stunner is the possibility of seeing SDSU in just a couple weeks. Jeff and I also would like to brag that we accurately predicted the field of 20 last night, in case you dont believe us, feel free to watch last night’s Bracketology. Here’s our recap show on who’s in and who’s out.
A crowd of over 18 thousand packed the Fargodome this afternoon to see a classic Missouri Valley football game; NDSU and SDSU played a tight defensive battle; the Bison defense made the plays they needed to and win the Dakota Marker for the 3rd straight year. NDSU clinches a share of the Missouri Valley conference and in the process wraps up at least a three or four seed for the FCS playoffs, with the possibility of least hosting 2 playoff games. Join, Jeff, Big E and I with some thoughts on the game and a look ahead.
Hello from Sioux Falls! We’re in between games, the NDSU women have just lost to IUPUI 80-64, to finish the season 11-20, the worst record for the Bison since 1977-78. Jeff and I break down the game, and preview the men’s game and talk about the growth of the tourney with Terry Vandrovec from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, back later with a recap of the Bison matchup with Western Illinois. Enjoy the video here.