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FARGO — The Summit was a knock-'em-out, drag-'em-out slugfest in 2012-13 when games were often physical affairs and low-tempo offenses. Oakland University (Mich.), for instance, led the league in scoring at 74.1 points per game. Times have changed. Seven of the eight teams that qualified for the Summit tournament that starts today at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., averaged at least 75 points per game. It continued an upward trend in scoring that saw at least five teams score at least 75 a game last season after just one in 2013-14.
FARGO — The drive from Dave Richman's workplace to his home consists of a couple of campus roads, a couple of interstate highways and a few suburban blocks, a couple of which are still under construction. The commute takes about 25 minutes, and they are about the only 25 minutes the North Dakota State head basketball coach gets to decompress from the daily stress of leading a Division I men's program.
FARGO — The North Dakota State basketball career of Carlin Dupree began its 184th week of existence on Monday. As the senior guard heads to his fourth Summit League men's basketball tournament that begins Saturday, March 4, it's been a stellar run captivated by a few moments that made a national splash.
FARGO — It looks more like a complicated college math class project than possible results of men's basketball standings tiebreakers. You practically need a professor to dissect the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the Summit League put out on possible scenarios resulting from the games on Saturday. The Summit has one day left in the regular season and about the only thing that has been decided is ninth-place Oral Roberts will not make the eight-team postseason conference tournament. Otherwise, just about every seed is up for grabs.
FARGO—The North Dakota State athletic department now has a clear picture on the reductions it will be facing: It will lose $800,000 in state funding. NDSU will have to find more than $400,000 in each of the next two years in either cuts or additional revenue to make up for a reduction in state appropriations. The athletic department receives $2.1 million in state funding and school President Dean Bresciani said Wednesday, Feb. 22, 40 percent of that will be cut in this biennium. It's part of the directive by the North Dakota Legislature to cut higher education costs.
FARGO — It turns out Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex isn't completely finished with interior decorating. For one, the North Dakota State men's basketball team did some rearranging of its locker room. It removed the Summit League standings from a magnetic board. After two straight losses, head coach Dave Richman said, it was time to forget about Oral Roberts, Nebraska-Omaha, Western Illinois, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne, Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis and Denver and think about only one team. His team.
FARGO—The North Dakota State football program made it official with 25 players on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the first day recruits can sign an NCAA letter of intent. That's 25 players who are expected to be on campus in August for the first day of practice. But whether most stick around for a few years is another matter. No head football coach in America stepped to the podium this week with a crystal ball to predict the future 100 percent. Still, the recruiting process can help the odds, said NDSU head coach Chris Klieman.
FARGO--The Division I FCS playoffs took a crucial step in altering its structure when the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee approved a recommendation of the possibility of an extra charter flight. Missouri Valley Football Conference commissioner Patty Viverito said the policy would only go into effect if at least four teams from one conference make the 24-team field. "Then they would seek approval from the NCAA for the extra flight," she said. "It would be a deviation of the policy previously approved by the NCAA."
FARGO—It was a packed house at Scheels Arena on Friday night, the 43rd sellout in Fargo Force franchise history. One reason: to honor the man who wore call number E143 for the Fargo Police Department. The game to pay tribute to Jason Moszer was just meant to be. "Oh, how that stuff turns out," said Dave Moszer, Jason's father.
FARGO — At 8-2 overall and a No. 3 ranking in the Division I FCS top 25 coaches poll, North Dakota State is looking like a healthy machine heading into...