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Junior Brandon Brekke had 17 points in last year's 59-54 victory over North Dakota State in Grand Forks.
Game Notes: UND set for in-state clash with Bison
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Updated: Friday 12/07/2012 16:30:51 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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FARGO, N.D. - This will be the third straight season in-state rivals North Dakota and North Dakota State have met on the hardwood since renewing their rivalry that was dormant from 2004-2010. This meeting will take place on Sunday afternoon with a 4 p.m. tipoff set for the Fargodome.

UND VS. NORTH DAKOTA STATE SERIES
All-time: UND leads 158-129
In Fargo: NDSU leads 82-58
UND Head Coach Brian Jones vs. NDSU: 1-1
NDSU Head Coach Saul Philliips vs. UND: 1-1

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IN THE PAINT
• This will be the third straight season in-state rivals North Dakota and North Dakota State have met on the hardwood since renewing their rivalry that was dormant from 2004-2010.
• The two teams have split the previous two outings with each team winning on its home court. NDSU won 81-55 two seasons ago at the Fargodome and UND was victorious at the REA last season, 59-54.
• Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. at the Fargodome and the game will be available for viewing on MidCo Sports Network (Channel 27 or 622 (HD)) in the Grand Forks market.
• Both head coaches will be coaching the game in their bear feet to show support for the Samaritan’s Feet charity that raises funds to provide shoes for needy children across the world. For more information visit www.samaritansfeet.org.
• Those wishing to donate can text “shoes” to 85944 and donate $10 via their mobile phone bill.  There will also be two tables on the concourse level at the Fargodome accepting donations during the game. 
• The Bison will be the third straight Summit League foe for North Dakota, who fell to preseason favorite South Dakota State 71-70 on Nov. 28 and Kansas City 73-70 this past Wednesday (Dec. 5).
• Head coach Brian Jones is 3-11 against Summit League foes during his career. UND went 2-4 against the Summit League a season ago, winning home games against South Dakota State and North Dakota State.
• UND will look to snap a four-game skid on Sunday in the Fargodome and have had its last three contests (Hawaii, 71-66; SDSU 71-70 and UMKC 73-70) come down to the final minute of play.
• UND returned home for the tilt with Kansas City, but could not over free throw issues (14-for-30) and a 41-28 deficit in the rebounding department in a 73-70 loss to the Kangaroos. It was the fourth straight win in the series for UMKC.  
• Junior Jamal Webb scored a season-high 20 points, which is also the most by a UND player in a game this season. He went 9-for-11 from the field and 2-for-3 from 3-point range, but came up empty in six trips to the free throw line.
• Webb also shared the team lead vs. the Roos in rebounds (7) and assists (4).
• Joining Webb in double figures were classmates Aaron Anderson (11) and Josh Schuler (10). For both players, it was the fourth time this season they have scored 10 or more points in a game.
• Seniors Mitch Wilmer and Doug Archer each had three blocked shots in the game. For Wilmer, it was the third time this season he equaled his career high in blocked shots, while Archer established a new career best with his three swats.
• Wilmer scored a then career-high 10 points in the team’s last visit to the Fargodome and played through what would be eventually diagnosed as a broken wrist. He would miss the remainder of the season, however. 
• UND left Frost Arena in a stunned state-of-mind its last time out as the Jacks got a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Chad White to steal a 71-70 victory from the visitors. White’s desperation attempt fell through and kept a 20-game home winning streak in tact for SDSU.
• Schuler led a quartet of UND scorers in double figures with 13 points. Archer equaled his career-high with 12 points off the bench, while Wilmer established a new-career high with 11 points. Webb also added 11 points in the one-point loss, which was just over a year removed from a 38-point loss suffered by UND in the same building. 
• Schuler is averaging 13.3 ppg over his last three outings and his 17-point effort at Hawaii was his highest output since scoring 21 at Air Force as a freshman in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. 
• Wilmer has started the last three games for UND and is averaging 7.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg since moving into Jones’ starting lineup. He had only three previous career starts (all last season) coming into what is his final collegiate campaign.
• Webb returned to the starting lineup at Hawaii and posted nine points, nine rebounds and six assists against the Rainbow Warriors. 
• Webb currently leads the Big Sky with 2.2 spg and has 11 on the season.  That brings his career total to 120, which is fifth on the UND’s all-time charts.  He needs eight more to move into sole possession of second place.
• The 2012-13 season will mark the first one for the team in the Big Sky and first chance at an NCAA Tournament automatic bid. UND wrapped up its five-year transition to Division I and three-year run in the Great West last season. 
• Jones has four starters back and six of his top seven scorers from his 2012 Great West Conference Tournament championship team. The seventh-year head coach will have to replace second team All-Great West performer Patrick Mitchell, who averaged 10.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg during his final season with the program.
• The 2011-12 squad posted a 17-15 record and earned an automatic berth to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament for the second consecutive season. UND lost at Drake, 70-64, in the opening round of postseason play.
• UND split its four contests against Big Sky opponents in 2011-12. The Green and White defeated eventual regular season and tournament champion Montana 88-81 in overtime at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND also split a home-and-home series with Idaho State and lost at Sacramento State (75-64) after leading the Hornets by six at halftime.
• The 2011-12 season was the last for the UND men’s basketball team to compete under the Fighting Sioux nickname. The longtime nickname was retired this past summer and all University athletic teams will go by the University of North Dakota, North Dakota or UND until Jan. 1, 2015.

ON TAP
North Dakota has one final tune up prior to its inaugural Big Sky Conference game at Southern Utah on Dec. 17. That contest will be at home on Thursday as Presentation College pays a visit to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Tipoff with the Saints - a Division III team out of Aberdeen, South Dakota - is set for 7 p.m. CT. All home games as well as all Big Sky road games can be streamed live at www.BigSkyTV.org. 

ROOS HOLD OFF UND’s LATE COMEBACK ATTEMPT
For the second straight game, North Dakota took a Summit League foe down to the wire, but unfortunately the Green and White came up short again, falling to Kansas City 73-70 on Wednesday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. 

Junior Aaron Anderson saw his 3-point attempt from the right wing to force overtime go just wide at the buzzer as a frantic comeback by the home team fell short.UND (1-5) nearly overcame a 14-for-30 clip at the free throw line and a 41-28 deficit in rebounding, but the Kangaroos (4-4, 1-1 Summit) took advantage of those missteps by the home team to secure their fourth-straight win in the series.

Junior Jamal Webb posted a season-high with 20 points, while Anderson (11) and classmate Josh Schuler (10) also reached double figures. UND shot 50 percent form the field, but the misfires at the charity stripe and 16 second-chance points by the visitors proved too costly.

STEPPING UP
With junior Troy Huff sidelined since scoring 12 points in the season opener at K-State, classmate Josh Schuler has filled his scoring void. Schuler has reached double figures in four of five starts and is averaging 11.8 ppg in Huff’s absence. Schuler had a season-high 17 points at Hawaii, which were the most since scoring 21 in the opening round of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament at Air Force. Schuler added a team-high 13 points in the one-point heartbreaker at SDSU.

TOUGH SLEDDING
Seven teams on UND’s 2011-12 docket advanced to postseason tournaments, including four to the NCAA Tournament (Kansas, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota State). UND beat two of those teams at home (Montana and South Dakota State). North Dakota State and Western Illinois both made the CBI Invitational, while GWC foe Utah Valley earned an at-large bid to join UND in the CIT Tournament.

The schedule does not get any easier in 2012-13, as UND’s slate has seven more teams on it that advanced to postseason tournaments. Kansas State advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Northern Iowa made the second round of the NIT. Both Montana and South Dakota State lost their first games in the NCAA Tournament. Bowling Green and Weber State joined UND in the CIT Postseason Tournament, while NDSU lost in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.

COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN HAWAII
The 23-point deficit UND faced in the first half at Hawaii ended up being just a shade too much in what ended up being a 71-66 loss to the Rainbow Warriors. The visitors pulled to within three points on several occasions in the final two minutes of play, but could not get any closer as UH finished its season-opening homestand with a 4-1 record. Juniors Aaron Anderson and Josh Schuler led the team with17 points a piece. Anderson finished with 14 second-half points and connected on a career-high five 3-pointers in the contest.

ROSTER ROUND UP
Head coach Brian Jones has a 16-man roster, but only 12 of those players are active for the 2012-13 season. The team was hoping for good news from the NCAA on granting Texas Tech transfer Jaron Nash a waiver to play immediately and not have to sit out this season, but the organization denied UND’s request. The team is appealing the ruling. Houston Baptist transfer Dustin Hobaugh transferred to UND after one season with the Huskies to pursue a degree in commercial aviation. Hobaugh is sitting out the 2012-13 season and will have three left to play starting with the 2013-14 campaign. 

Besides Nash and Hobaugh, Jones is using redshirt seasons on junior college transer Ryan Salmonson and freshman walk-on Thomas Blake. Salmonson played two seasons at Cosumnes River Community College, while Blake prepped at St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Md.

MILES PILING UP
UND is happy to see December finally roll around as the team wrapped up a five-game stretch in November where four were played on the road. The team has traveled nearly 5,900 miles for those four road trips, including the 4,300-mile adventure to Honolulu to play Hawai’i.

CARDIAC KIDS
UND, which had only overcome a halftime deficit to win once during the 2012-13 regular season, rallied from such deficits in both 2012 GWC Tournament wins. UND trailed by as many as 14 to No. 3 seed Texas-Pan American before storming back to post a 63-59 victory. And, against the fourthseeded Highlanders in the championship game, UND trailed by two before outscoring NJIT 48-31 after the break.

HUFF MAKING PROGRESS
Leading scorer Troy Huff is making progress in his recovery from a broken jaw suffered in the season opener at Kansas State. Huff, who led UND in scoring in each of the last two seasons at just over 13.0 ppg, had his wires removed on Thursday and has resumed some basketball activities. 

SCORING SIZZLE
UND’s quintet of Aaron Anderson, Brandon Brekke, Troy Huff , Josh Schuler and Jamal Webb produced 65.4 percent of UND’s points in 2010-11, which was tops among any freshman class in the country. As sophomores, that unit upped that number to 70.9 percent of the team’s scoring (1,526 of 2,153). However, that sophomore unit had company at the top of the national charts. The Memphis sophomores, a unit UND edged out last season (63.9 percent as freshmen), produced 73.6 percent (1,923 of 2,614) and North Dakota State’s sophomores concluded the Bison season scoring 71.3 percent (1,564 of 2,194) of their team’s points. So far, the 2012-13 juniors have accounted for 66.3 percent of the team’s scoring through five games.  The quintet has added a sixth player in JUCO-transfer Alonzo Traylor, who is averaging 5.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg off the bench. 

SUMMIT LEAGUE HISTORY
UND is in a stretch of three-straight games against Summit League opponents and the Green and White have a series history with six of the league’s nine current basketball members.

South Dakota, who joined the league in time for the 2011-12 season, and Nebraska-Omaha, who just joined this season, are the two newest members.  Head coach Brian Jones is 5-8 all-time against the Coyotes, while he is 1-4 against the Mavericks. 

All-time, UND owns the series lead against four of those of schools: South Dakota (99-88), South Dakota State (106-79), Nebraska-Omaha (54-34) and North Dakota State (158-129).

Only Kansas City, who UND has played each of the last five seasons, at 4-1 and Western Illinois at 3-2 own advantages in the all-time series against UND.

OPPONENT PREVIEW: NORTH DAKOTA STATE
• Head coach Saul Phillps has his North Dakota State squad off to a 7-2 start this season and a 1-0 mark in Summit League play.
• The Bison have played the No. 1 team in the country, falling at Indiana, 87-61, in the Progressive Legends Classic. NDSU did win its remaining three games in the tournament, posting triumphs over Youngstown State (83-80 OT), Duquesne (57-43) and James Madison (66-44).
• Senior Taylor Bruan, a preseason All-Summit League pick, leads the team in scoring at 15.2 ppg. Braun is avergaing only 6.0 ppg in the two previous meetings with UND. He had four off the bench as a sophomore at the Fargodome and eight last season in a loss at the REA.
• Sharpshooter Mike Felt is averaging 11.1 ppg off the bench for Phillips. Felt is 27-for-56 from beyond the arc, accounting for 81 of his 100 points this season. Felt went 4-for-11 from 3-point land against UND last season.
• Forward Marshall Bjorklund is the third Bison player averaging in double figures.  He comes into the contest scoring 11.2 ppg and shooting 67.2 percent from the field (41-for-61). Bjorklund is the only player on the NDSU roster to start both games against UND and he is averaging 11.0 ppg over those two contests, including a team-high 13 points in last year’s game.
• NDSU has won six out of seven since the loss to the Hoosiers, dropping a 74-59 contest at Green Bay. 
• The Bison opened Summit League play with a 95-51 trouncing of Nebraska-Omaha -- a first year member in the league. 
 
UND vs. NDSU
• Senior Mitch Wilmer scored a season-high 10 points against NDSU as a sophomore off the UND bench. He broke his wrist during the game, but finished the contest.  He would miss the remainder of the seaosn after the injury was diagnosed.
• Junior Brandon Brekke scored a game-high 17 points in last season’s win over the Bison. He had only two off the bench against NDSU as a redshirt freshman.
• UND made only 1-of-13 3-point attempts in the game at the Fargodome in 2010. The club made five last season. 
• Junior Josh Schuler came off the bench to score 11 points at the REA.
• Classmate Aaron Anderson added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists last season.
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