The rivalry between the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the North Dakota State Bison dates all the way back to 1905. Entering Wednesday night’s action, North Dakota had a record of 159-130 in the series.
Wednesday also marked the first of two meetings between the teams over the next ten days, and took place in Fargo, ND.
The last time the Fighting Hawks won in Fargo was back in 2003.
Both teams entered Wednesday’s tilt having won their previous outings, and were looking to create some momentum in the rivalry ahead of next week’s rematch.
North Dakota was looking to make a statement, and make a statement they did. It was a big night for the Fighting Hawks, who cruised in the second half and extended their lead to as many as 20 points down the stretch.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.
With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.
The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.
When it comes to junior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.
Things came down to the final game of the regular season, but the South Dakota State Jackrabbits earned a share of the regular season title in the Summit League with a 12-4 record.
Due to the tie-breaking procedures, they earned the 2-seed in the conference tournament, while the IPFW Mastodons were awarded the top seed.
On their journey towards the conference championship, the Jackrabbits had to fight to reach the finals. A three-point win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in the quarter-finals was followed by a come-from-behind win over the Denver Pioneers in the semi-finals, in which South Dakota State won by a single point.
The Jackrabbits were unquestionably tired after their tough two games, but they were one win away from the NCAA Tournament. In the top half of the bracket, upset victories led the 5th-seed North Dakota State Bison to the Summit League championship for another instalment in the rivalry between them and the Jackrabbits.
North Dakota State had their sights set on the Big Dance, but the Jackrabbits weren’t about to let their hard work from the previous two games go to waste.