FARGO — The daily grind known as scheduling college basketball games at North Dakota State took a couple more turns on Monday. The Bison men had their tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee canceled because of opponent COVID-19 positive tests, but NDSU did a quick turnaround and picked up another tourney.
NDSU found out early Monday afternoon it was confirmed to play in the Golden Window Classic at the University of Nebraska. The original eight-team tournament had a handful of teams drop out, so it was uncertain how many will participate.
"At the end of the day, we want to compete and there is a limited window to compete," said NDSU head men's coach Dave Richman. "Knock on wood, we happened to have some opportunities close to us."
The Bison will play Nevada at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, remain in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday and Friday and take on the Cornhuskers at 11 a.m. on Saturday. NDSU will then head on to Minneapolis.
"It's not perfect," Richman said. "But it's not perfect for Nevada or Nebraska or anybody that we're playing, so we're going to control what we can control. Credit our staff, we were just not going to accept that. We kept exploring different options and used our contacts and resources."
Milwaukee ended its MKE Classic after reporting positive coronavirus tests in its program. NDSU was scheduled to play Milwaukee on Friday and Southern Mississippi on Saturday. The season opener now for the Bison will be Sunday against Loyolya Marymount at the University of Minnesota. The Bison and Gophers play Monday night.
"A lot of these tournaments and games to start the season are falling through," Richman said. "Everybody is in scramble mode. It's not the only opportunity we had but it was the best opportunity for us."
The Bison women, meanwhile, had their season opener at Nebraska on Wednesday canceled, leaving the first game being Dec. 2 at home against Northern Iowa.