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UND (6-2, 11-7) @ SUU (2-5, 4-16) 1/26 7:30 PM

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UND finished an impressive home sweep last weekend by taking down ISU 89-64, despite a concerning first minutes.  UND heads back on the road for a rematch from earlier this month against SUU, who has really fallen off the map with 5 straight losses.

UND is now 7-3 all time against SUU in conference play, but only hold a 2-2 record against them in Cedar City (but have won 2 straight at SUU)

In the 1st matchup UND defeated SUU 95-65 and looked decent doing it.  Without Drick, all 5 starters for UND scored in double figures, held SUU to 27% shooting (they got half their points on the free throw line (32-42).  UND wasn't playing all that well in the first matchup, but they are an improved squad since then.

UND got through their tough stretch of games 3-1 and now enter a softer part of the schedule these next two weeks.  With the teams in direct competition of UND for a top 3 spot all batting each other over the next two weeks, this is a golden opportunity for UND to gain some much needed separation going into February. After this weekend, roughly half the conference season will be finished.

Fun stat: UND was a perfect 10 for 10 from the line against ISU and now have brought their season percentage up to 69%, still room for improvement but its a solid jump from what they were at not too long ago.

Other games:

EWU (5-2) @ Mont (5-3) Montana was sitting pretty after beating UND, and then the west coast trip happened.  Now the Griz go home to a rematch against a scrappy EWU team that wants to finally break through with a big win.  EWU can make a statement with a win in Montana, Montana wants to get a key sweep and get back on track.

Idaho (4-3) @ MSU (4-4): 3 weeks ago, these teams were struggling to get going.  Now? Both teams are running with 3 game winning streaks and are back in the hunt for a 1st round bye.  Idaho has a chance to get an important sweep of MSU and perhaps re-establish itself towards the top of the standings.  MSU needs to protect home court if they want to have a shot at that 1st round bye.

PSU (4-3) @ SAC (3-4) What do you do when you beat Montana? Lay an Egg against MSU of course! If you would have told me that both teams would split against the Montanas I would have said they both beat MSU.  Not the case.  another rematch where PSU won at home, can they get the sweep and stay on track. Can Sac State turn it around and make a little noise here going into the 2nd half

Weber (4-1) @ ISU (1-5) *Wednesday:  This game will resume with Weber up 13-2.  These team will play twice in 3 days, can ISU start putting it together and make a 2nd half charge?  Weber had a tough road trip with a loss to UND and winning a squeaker at UNC, they look to get back on track.

The call:

UND is playing at a high level and can even be better than how they are playing. They need to keep that going and get these two road wins this week and get back home 8-2 in conference play. Starters should have good numbers again and I see a similar result from the first matchup but my score will be a bit more conservative.

UND 82-60

 

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Pretty pumped for this game. This team has been a lot of fun to watch. Too bad they couldn't get the W against MT. I know we're not there yet, but I really hope this team is rolling when they head to Reno!

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1 minute ago, bincitysioux said:

Ozenwozzer? on fire.  Not like he is hitting easy shots either....

Need to deny him the ball.   He can shoot it if doesn't have it.   we also need to make our Free Throws.

 

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