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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: None. Home Record: NDSU 2-0, Green Bay 1-0. Away Record: NDSU 1-1, Green Bay 0-2. Neutral Record: NDSU 2-0, Green Bay 1-1. Conference Record: NDSU 0-0, Green Bay 0-0. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 6-2.
GAME NOTES: The North Dakota State Bison continue their road trek with a stop at the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix in non-conference play.
North Dakota State has reeled off four straight wins since falling to top- ranked Indiana earlier this month. The Bison won the Pittsburgh Subregional of the Progressive Legends Classic with Wednesday's 66-44 rout over James Madison. Following tonight's tilt, they'll return to Fargo to host Nebraska Omaha in the Summit League opener on Thursday night.
Green Bay is back on campus after an eight-day road trip that featured four games in five days. The Phoenix have lost three in a row, including Tuesday's 72-62 setback to Idaho. Tonight's contest is the team's lone home game in a five-week stretch between Nov. 10 and Dec. 15.
Green Bay has won six of eight meetings in the all-time series, which includes a 5-0 mark at home against the Bison.
North Dakota State's Taylor Braun was named Most Valuable Player of the Legends Classic subregional, while teammate TrayVonn Wright was named to the all-tournament team. Braun averaged 14.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists to help NDSU go 3-0 in the tourney. Against JMU on Wednesday night, he paced the Bison with 19 points, seven rebounds and six helpers. NDSU shot 53.3 percent from the floor while holding the Dukes to 32.6-percent shooting. Wright added 12 points in the victory, right on his average of 12.3 ppg during the three-game event. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds, as 11 of his 22 boards game on the offensive glass. On the season, Mike Felt leads the team with 14.7 ppg despite coming off the bench in all six games. He has knocked down an impressive 23-of-44 3-pointers (.523).
Leading the way for Green Bay is sophomore Keifer Sykes with 15.4 ppg. Brennan Cougill (13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Alec Brown (12.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg) have been instrumental in helping the Phoenix lead the Horizon League in rebounds per game (40.6), rebounding margin (+7.4) and offensive rebounds (15.0). However, those offensive rebounding opportunities have only come about because the team has struggled to find the bottom of the net, shooting just 39.5 percent from the floor and 22.6 percent from the perimeter. On Tuesday night, Brown picked up his second foul less than four minutes into the game, and Idaho responded with a 10-0 run. Cougill tallied 19 points and Sykes finished with 13, but the Phoenix were unable to keep pace with an Idaho squad that shot 55.1 percent from the floor and knocked down 9-of-15 threes.
After tearing through the subregional field in Pittsburgh, NDSU can prove it is for real with another win tonight in Green Bay. If Felt gets hot from the outside, the Phoenix simply do not have the long-range shooting to counter.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Dakota State 76, Green Bay 66
11/24 10:35:24 ET
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