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#6 UND (14-17) vs #7 Fort Wayne (14-18) 3/9 830


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In the 2nd stunner of the Summit Tournament, Marlon Stewart hit the go-ahead shot with 10 seconds to go and Brady Danielson nailed 2 clutch free throws to lead UND to an massive upset against USD.  Now they march on to the semi-finals of the Summit Tournament as they take on the 7th seeded Dons, who upset SDSU. 

Everyone was expecting a SDSU-USD semi-final tilt, guess someone forgot to tell the Dons and the Hawks.  Fort Wayne decided to stick around in the Summit for at least one more game with some hot shooting from 3.  The door is still open for them to perhaps complete they one thing they have never done... advance to the NCAA tournament and end their time in the Summit on top.

Key player: Matt Holba

The big for the Dons hit 6 3's in the upset against SDSU and when UND played them in Fort Wayne, he hit 4 big 3's.  When UND played them in Grand Forks... donut.  UND needs to keep him in check. 

The Fallen:

Denver:  It was a tough way for the Pios to go out, nearly taking down the top seed.   Not everything is bad however, they return the entire team minus Murkey… they will rocket up the Summit Standings next year.

Omaha: ORU was the better team in the 2nd half, but they return some nice pieces.  Pile grabbed 21 rebounds, tying a Summit tournament record, and he will be back. So will Tut and Ruffin.  Have to replace Gibson and Robinson.  Should be at least mid-pack team next year.

SDSU:  The first stunner.  Not having Wilson made a difference but there is a hard feeling that they let one slip away for the 2nd year in a row.  Again:  not all is bad for SDSU as they return a great core next year.  Should be the top team next year.

USD:  The second stunner:  USD loses a LOT from this team.  4 starters and who knows is Umude comes back.  USD cannot be happy that they flamed out in the 1st round and Lee is going to have to turn it around.  I could see USD falling a lot in the standings.

The other semi-final:

#1 NDSU vs #4 ORU:  This will be a good game.  Can NDSU get more than Ward and Vinnie to help out the Bison?  Which ORU will show up tomorrow? 

Milestones:

DAE is 25 points away from the freshman record.  He probably will need another game to have a chance to break it, but he could do it with a monster game.

Stewart has 162 assists this season, which is good for 7th place in the single season record book.  He would need to get 5 to get to 6th place. His 357 assists are 9th best all time at UND, and would need 4 to pass Aaron Anderson for 8th. Also, his 1232 career points at UND is 19th all time in scoring.  He could get pass Seales points if he scores more than 6.  

Keys:

1) Win the 3 point battle

2) Get Rebraca going

3) Play another 40

The Call:

I think the momentum from tonight will carry over to tomorrow and UND will win this game.  Rebraca has a big double-double and DAE has a better game.  Marlon, Billy and Walter hit it from 3 and get to Tuesday Night

UND 81-71

Bonus:

NDSU 77-74

Game is on MIDCO and ESPN+, however if you can find a way to get to Sioux Falls... DO IT!

 

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Get it filled up. 

Sather is a heck of a leader.  His post game interview was fantastic.  All about the team.

In the 2nd stunner of the Summit Tournament, Marlon Stewart hit the go-ahead shot with 10 seconds to go and Brady Danielson nailed 2 clutch free throws to lead UND to an massive upset against USD.  No

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