South Dakota State @ North Dakota on ESPN+
Look, I’m kind of rooting for the Fighting Hawks in this one, since I picked the Jackrabbits 5th in my preseason rankings and I don’t want to look so stupid; but I cannot find much of a reason for North Dakota to be a favorite in this game.
North Dakota State @ South Dakota on ESPN3
The Bison won their first match up with the Coyotes in Fargo by 2 points. It was a weird ending with a late offensive foul call on Cody Kelley. It was a foul that could have gone either way, and even the referee stood there for a few seconds trying to figure out what to call. Expect the senior loaded Coyotes to come out focused against the Bison, as they’re also looking to secure a top 2 seed in the conference tournament.
Omaha @ Fort Wayne
The Mastodons are not perfect at home. They’ve dropped home games to South Dakota State, Oral Roberts, and North Dakota State. I’m hoping a dunk by Marlon Ruffin, which didn’t even count, will spark a fire in the Mavericks through the rest of the season.
The ‘Dons are also a young basketball team, and the younger teams tend to get worse as the season goes on. The big difference in their match up with the Mavericks earlier in the season was experience. Late in the game, the youth of the Mastodons’ point guards became an issue against the likes of JT Gibson, Ayo Akinwole, and KJ Robinson. Jon Coffman said that, I did not say that.
Oral Roberts @ Denver
Matt Pile dominated the Pioneers down low, I can only imagine Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Kevin Obanor will do much of the same. Especially since they already did once this season.
Robert Jones is eventually going to be so good, though. Hopefully he doesn’t transfer when Rodney Billups gets fired.
Omaha @ Western Illinois on ESPN3
Man, I’m just being super biased this week. The Leathernecks will have a week of rest coming into this game, but it just seems as if these players have given up on Billy Wright, and maybe a week of rest and getting out of any type of rhythm is a bad thing for a team so horrendous at offense.
How crazy would it be if Denver ended up going 2-1 in their last two games and ended up in the Summit League Tournament? Maybe that saves Rodney Billups’ job…maybe a youthful Denver team sees a youthful South Dakota State team in the Summit League Tournament. That would be madness. Some might even call it madness in March.
North Dakota State @ North Dakota on ESPN3
Tough week for North Dakota. They play the two toughest teams in the Summit League at home. Maybe they drop both games on purpose in hopes of falling to 7th in the conference so they potentially play on Saturday during the Summit League Tournament to get an extra day off in the event they win. Maybe they don’t.
South Dakota @ South Dakota State on ESPN+
You’re not reading this anymore, are you?
I just think the Coyotes need and want this game more than the Jackrabbits.