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Bison Hoops in Kansas City, Oral Roberts this week

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Games: The North Dakota State men’s basketball team travels to Kansas City on Thursday, February 16 and Oral Roberts on Saturday, February 18 this week. February 16 at Kansas City 7:00 PM CT KCRoos.com February 18 at Oral Roberts 7:00 PM CT ORUAthletics.com
Where to watch: Both games will be broadcast on the host schools’ websites, KCRoos.com and ORUAthletics.com.
Radio: Rob Hipp will be calling games on 107.9 The Fox and the 107.9 The Fox app. Audio of all NDSU basketball games is always streamed free at GoBison.com/AllAccess.
The series against Kansas City: Thursday will be the 22nd game ever between NDSU and Kansas City. The Bison have a 13-8 series lead. The Roos won both games between the schools last season and won 75-73 in Fargo on Jan. 21.
The series against Oral Roberts: Saturday will be the 37th meeting between North Dakota State and Oral Roberts all-time, with Bison leading the series 20-16. NDSU has won 15 of 22 meetings since ORU returned to the Summit League in the 2014-15 season, including a sweep of all three games last season.
All five categories: Grant Nelson leads NDSU in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals, both in Summit League games and throughout the entire season.
The big distributor: Grant Nelson is averaging 4.8 assists in his last four games.
High Percent Offense: The Bison are shooting 49 percent as a team in Summit League play, second-best in the league. Six times in the last nine games, NDSU has shot 51.7% or better.
Boden Career Day: Junior Boden Skunberg amassed a career-high 30 points in NDSU’s 78-70 win over Denver on February 11, shooting 6-for-10 from beyond the arc.
Streit on the money: Joshua Streit is shooting 15-for-17 (88%) in Summit League play. He hasn’t missed a field goal attempt in over a month, with the last miss coming in Omaha on January 14.
Collection: Damari Wheeler-Thomas made 34 of 38 from the free throw line in the league (89.5%).
Baby bison: In terms of minutes played, seven of the first nine Bisons this season are freshmen or sophomores. NDSU has no seniors listed.
Trey-vis: Freshman Tajavis Miller is shooting 49% from three-point range (19-of-39) in the league.
Heating: NDSU’s three highest field goal percentages of the season all occurred in the last six games.

  • 59.6 percent in the state of South Dakota on Feb. 4
  • 55.4 percent compared to North Dakota on Jan. 27
  • 55.1% vs. Kansas City on Jan. 21

Three-headed bucket: Andrew Morgan (59.6%), Grant Nelson (56.6%) and Boden Skunberg (49.4%) rank second, third and sixth respectively in field goal percentage in Summit League games.
Among the best: In Summit League play, Grant Nelson is averaging 19.3 points, league-leading 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He’s shooting 57% overall in conference games. Nelson is the only Summit League player this season to rank in the top five in scoring and field goal percentage.
35+: After scoring a career-high 36 points in NDSU’s win over North Dakota on January 27, Grant Nelson is the first Bison since 2010 with multiple career 35+-point games.
30+: Grant Nelson is only the second Bison since 2010 to post three 30-point games in a season. Taylor Braun had four 30-point games for NDSU in the 2013-14 season.
Morgan career high against Kansas City: Sophomore forward Andrew Morgan scored a season-high 29 points against Kansas City on January 21.
Milestone: With the win over Denver on February 11, NDSU head coach David Richman moved into second place on the all-time hit list in the state of North Dakota, passing BC Bentson. Now in his ninth season, Richman has racked up 170 wins. Erv Inniger is the winningest head coach of all time at NDSU with a score of 244-150.
Huge variety: NDSU used 12 different starting lineups this season. No starting five meld has been used more than six times.

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