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Boxing is back in Grand Forks. Former world light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill will put on a boxing card Saturday night at Purpur Arena. There are seven fights on the card, with boxing set to begin at 7 p.m. The main event will be Sonia Fox taking on Laura Ramsey for the American Boxing Organization women's title. Fox, who is from North Dakota, is 5-0 with two knockouts, while Ramsey is 10-6 with five KOs.
UND is scheduled to announce its athletic department restructuring plans Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Gorecki Alumni Center on campus. The school is expected to announce any cuts to the athletic department. The cuts are part of a school-wide effort to trim budgets because of an anticipated drop in state funding. UND President Mark Kennedy told the athletics department it needed to cut $1.3 million out of its budget and asked athletic director Brian Faison to send him proposals.
MINNEAPOLIS—Roseau won its first Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball title Saturday, beating Sauk Centre 75-64 in the title game. The Rams finished the season at 32-0. Kiley Borowicz led Roseau with 20 points while Kacie Borowicz added 19. Katie Borowicz added nine points for the Rams while Ivy Braaten finished with eight.
SALT LAKE CITY—UND wasn't expected to beat Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But UND maybe wasn't expected to make a second-half push against the No. 2 seed Wildcats, either. All-in-all, No. 15 seed UND had some good moments during its 100-82 loss against Arizona on Thursday night, a game that didn't end until around 11:30 p.m. UND's journey to March Madness actually began two years ago when coach Brian Jones took his team to Europe for a four-game exhibition series. That came after what Jones calls the program's "lost" season, one that ended 8-22.
SALT LAKE CITY -- UND said it wouldn’t change its game against No. 2 seed Arizona. The Fighting Hawks stayed true to their word -- and their fast-paced style of play worked early on during their first-round NCAA Tournament game against Arizona on Thursday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But Arizona stayed true to its game plan, too. And that was a problem for the Hawks, who came in as the No.
SALT LAKE CITY—As a No. 15 seed, the UND Fighting Hawks are well aware the odds aren't favorable tonight when they take on No. 2 seed Arizona in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Arizona, with two 7-footers in the starting lineup, is a national power many believe will make the Final Four. UND, meanwhile, is a mid-major program making the Dance for the first time and a team many believe is just happy to be here. The Hawks, however, don't believe that and they embrace—actually enjoy—the underdog role.
SALT LAKE CITY—On a bright, sunny Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, where the temperature approached a record 75 degrees, UND players entered the 20,000-seat Vivint Smart Home Arena wearing smiles and feeling confident. All was well with the UND men's basketball team. And it should be. The Fighting Hawks, in their ninth Division I season, have reached the ultimate goal in college basketball—the NCAA Tournament. It's March Madness, a spectacle that has become one of the country's biggest sporting events each year.
SALT LAKE CITY—If UND's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament felt like a dream, reality is beginning to set in for the Fighting Hawks. The Fighting Hawks' charter landed late Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, where No. 15 seed UND will take on No. 2 seed Arizona on Thursday night in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at 20,000-seat Vivint Smart Home Arena. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, the Hawks went into a film session at their hotel before going through a mini walk-through in their designated team meeting room.
UND will play a familiar foe in the opening round of the WNIT. The Fighting Hawks will play at South Dakota on Thursday in an opening-round game. Pairings for the WNIT were released Monday night. The winner of Thursday's game will face either Iowa or Missouri State in a second-round tournament game. "We're playing an old NCC foe and it's a preview of the the matchups will have in the Summit League," said UND coach Travis Brewster. UND is scheduled to leave the Big Sky Conference for the Summit League after next season.
As a high school basketball player, UND coach Brian Jones still remembers his first recruiting letter. "My first letter as a high school athlete was from Arizona," said Jones. "I've been an Arizona fan since I've been a kid." Jones didn't play at Arizona but he now gets the chance to coach against the Wildcats on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. "I guess things have come full circle," said the UND coach.