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We're Dancing: North Dakota State Bison

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Ben Woodside is back on our conscious!!!  He's so damn handsome.

Anyway, a great finish in the Summit League final tonight.  The top-seeded Bison clawed their way back from being down 12 with nine to play, to defeat Oakland.  Naturally, the win was assured by a Woodside long two with just three seconds to play. 

It's NDSU's first year as a member of the Summit Conference, and then you have programs like Northwestern that have never even sniffed the Big Dance.  Life is unfair.  But at the same time, the state of North effing Dakota has representation in the field of 65, and they're one of the more interesting prospective Cinderellas.

More after the jump.

 

Location: Fargo, North Dakota

Enrollment: 13,200

Record: 26-6 (16-2)

Leading Scorers:  Ben Woodside (23 ppg); Brett Winkelman (19 ppg); Mike Nelson (12 ppg)

What to know:

  • If you didn't already know, Mr. Woodside put up 60 earlier this season in a triple OT loss to Stephen F. Austin.  Exactly half his points came from the foul line.
  • Woodside can score, but he also accounts for 42 percent of the Bison's assists (6.4 per).
  • This team is all about offensive efficiency.  They're second in the country with 1.17 points per possession.
  • USC and Minnesota were their only BCS opponents this season.  They lost to the Trojans 57 - 61, and the Gophers 76 - 90.