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Schnepf: Challenge for new coach is bringing past D-II success to D-I PressPass

Fargo - Let’s go back a decade when North Dakota State was beginning its move from Division II athletics to Division I. Who, back then, would have guessed that women’s basketball would have the toughest time making the move up?

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Schnepf: Recent success means in-house hire makes sense PressPass

Fargo - Dave Richman was named the 23rd men’s basketball head coach at North Dakota State on Tuesday night. If you have any desire of becoming the 24th Bison coach, you better start working on becoming Richman’s right-hand man.

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Schnepf: Path to Sweet 16 not easy for 12 seeds PressPass

Spokane, Wash. - What do Ryan Wittman, Bruce Pearl, Todd Lickliter, Steve Alford, Tubby Smith and Dick Hunsacker have in common?

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Schnepf: There was lots to love despite loss PressPass

Spokane, Wash. - North Dakota State’s men’s basketball team got their one shining moment. That’s more than 283 Division I teams across the country can say. That’s more than what any Summit League team since 1998 can say. That’s more than what 32 other teams who lost Thursday and Friday in the NCAA tournament can say.

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Xavier Thames guides San Diego State to victory over Bison with 30 points PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – When Steve Fisher was at the 2010 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament Final Four in Detroit, he received a phone call that would impact his San Diego State program for the next four years. It was Xavier Thames telling him he wanted to transfer from Washington State.

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Sooners had a chance to win it late in regulation against Bison PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. – Oklahoma, a team that has made its share of shots this season, missed perhaps its three most important ones in a nine-second span Thursday night in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.

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Schnepf: Bison are a popular upset pick PressPass

Spokane, Wash. - Lee Fitting is the guy who made downtown Fargo even trendier last fall. Fitting, if you recall, is the producer of ESPN’s “College GameDay” show that not only highlighted North Dakota State’s football team but the Fargo Theatre and about every other business along Broadway.

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Schnepf: Bison squashed any hope of an upset by Denver quickly PressPass

Sioux Falls, S.D. On a day when upsets were the norm Monday afternoon, TrayVonn Wright made a statement to pretty much end any more surprises.

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Shanley girls roll past West Fargo to win second straight East Region title PressPass

FARGO – The shots did not fall at the Fargo Civic Center on Friday night. But they did Saturday night in the Bison Sports Arena for Sarah Jacobson and the Fargo Shanley girls basketball team.

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Davies edges Red River to make Class A girls state tournament PressPass

FARGO – Carly Kottsick, a 5-foot-8 eighth-grader, took a deep breath at the free-throw line with 12 seconds left of Saturday’s state-tournament qualifying game at the Bison Sports Arena.

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Schnepf: Saul's move to Ohio makes sense for both parties PressPass

FARGO - It was only 17 days ago when Saul Phillips was the head coach of a North Dakota State men’s basketball team that had just knocked off Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament. Equally as refreshing as NDSU’s upset win was Phillips’ comedic relief during one of the press conferences held in Spokane, Wash.

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Schnepf: Saul Phillips seeing his coaching stock on the rise PressPass

Spokane, Wash. - Dane Fife, an assistant coach for the Michigan State men’s basketball team that will be playing for an NCAA Division I tournament Sweet 16 appearance today in Spokane Arena, knows Saul Phillips. He still texts him almost every day.

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Schnepf: NDSU adds to list of D-I victims PressPass

SPOKANE, Wash. - Move over Wisconsin, Marquette, Notre Dame, Minnesota and Kansas State. Oklahoma is replacing you on top of the list of North Dakota State’s victims in its brief history of Division I athletics.

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Schnepf: NCAA atmosphere perfect for the basketball-obsessed fan PressPass

Spokane, Wash. - If you are a basketball junkie, Spokane Arena was the place to be Wednesday – on the eve of the most thrilling hoopsfest in the world.

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Schnepf: March Madness and North Dakota? Against all odds, state has more teams in tournament than Indiana PressPass

FARGO - March Madness and North Dakota. About a decade ago, the odds of that association were about as astronomical as picking a perfect bracket for the upcoming NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

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Schnepf: Phillips' dad still feels the nerves watching his son's team PressPass

Fargo - Charlie Phillips admits he knows more about hammers and nails than he does pick-and-rolls and motion offenses.

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Schnepf: Bison revisit 2009 glory with a new spin PressPass

Sioux Falls, S.D. - It was déjà vu all over again Tuesday night in the Sioux Falls Arena.

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Schnepf: Recent increase in coach-parent issues is cause for concern PressPass

Fargo - This was eons ago, but I remember to this day overhearing my father complain about my high school basketball coach one night. My heart jumped for joy – since there were a few times I disliked how hard our coach pushed us.

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Schnepf: Three-peat arrives for Bison, but not without sacrifices PressPass

Frisco, Texas - What does it take to three-peat – something, until Saturday, that had been only accomplished 30 times in the history of major sports in the United States?

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Schnepf: Sports, population both on the rise in Frisco, Texas PressPass

Frisco, Texas - For the last three years, North Dakota State football fans have invaded this town still known as the fastest-growing city in America. And each year, Bison fans see something new here.

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