Through three games, it looked as if UND wouldn’t have trouble scoring this season. UND had big-time trouble Friday as Cal Poly routed North Dakota 70-43 in the opening round of the Global Sports Harwood Challenge at the University of Oregon.
Zane Tanner, boys basketball coach at West Platte in Weston, Mo., heard rumors a few years ago he was getting a tall, athletic transfer from Colorado. 6-foot-10, 225-pound Bryce Cashman lived up to the billing during the next couple of years at West Platte.
Patrick Mitchell just quit his job as a security guard at a casino in Iowa.
The former UND basketball standout was almost about to embark on a career as a firefighter. Instead, Mitchell is headed to Australia to begin a profession as an Australian Football League player.
For Jason Shay, the UND men’s basketball program provided an opportunity to reunite with a former Illinois high school rival in North Dakota head coach Brian Jones. It also presented a chance to rejoin the ranks of Division I after two years of receiving the NCAA’s version of the scarlet letter.
On one hand, Ben Jacobson admires the progress his alma mater — UND — has made since it moved up to Division I men’s basketball. On the other hand, he now realizes it won’t be as easy for his Northern Iowa Panthers to defeat UND.
UND men’s basketball play-by-play radio announcer Paul Ralston is a university employee and more importantly an extension of the public relations staff. I was baffled when the story of Ralston being suspended two games for his comments following last Saturday’s loss to Northern Arizona went viral, landing on the front pages of the Sports Illustrated and ESPN web sites.
The Big Sky Conference season is in the stretch run. The race, however, isn’t for first or second. It’s for third — and the position is up for grabs as only one game separates teams currently sitting in the third through the eighth spots in the 11-team league.
The UND men’s basketball team seemingly didn’t have any answers for Montana hybrid post Mathias Ward, a 6-foot-7, 227-pound inside-out threat. Well, that’s not entirely true, though. North Dakota coach Brian Jones’ best three options to cover Ward were wearing street clothes Thursday night.
When preparing the 2012-13 schedule, UND men’s basketball coach Brian Jones was looking for a nonconference home game over the Christmas break. The search ended at Bowling Green, a Mid-American Conference team that has pushed Michigan State and South Florida to the limit this season.
UND left Cedar City, Utah, earlier this week still looking for its first win of the season against a Division I men’s basketball team. Southern Utah beat UND 79-67 in a game that left North Dakota frustrated — the same feeling it has had in a handful of close losses this season.
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