Have we been missing out on a whole lot of fun, with this conference tournament thing (before I forget, we just posted a Summit Special on wday.com, a recap of day one with Scott Miller and Kevin Schnepf). Anyway, some random thoughts after today.
The 8 seed almost won, and the 7 did, in the mens tournament. This really is anything can happen stuff. Except for the teflon SDSU women who seem to defy all logic.
Ben Woodside may be the conference player of the year, but they would not have won this game without Brett Winkelman. He (and Mike Tveidt) were really clutch at the line in the second half, when the Bison could not make anything from the field. Winkelman had 30 and got them started with a crazy good first 5 minutes.
I’ve never seen this team tighten up like they did in the second half, missed shots — some badly, and were not able to get to the rim like they did in the first half. They also were not able to get Winkelman going in the second half in the low post, like they did in the first half when he did basically whatever he wanted to.
The players said after the game that they never let the pressure get to them, but I’m not buying it. Just didn’t see the same spirit as earlier in the game.
Centenary’s 2 guards were crazy good in the second half, they’d have given a lot of people trouble tonight.
NDSU found a way to win and that I guess is the bottom line. My million dollar question is — does this shake their confidence, or add to it as they were able to find a way to win when playing a shaky half?
Overheard: Oakland coach Greg Kampe saying he’s not so sure that SDSU is a better gig than ORU if they make the semis — referring to the 5,000 people or so that went nuts for the Jacks in their overtime win.