Bison to open next basketball season at Kansas State

NDSU will face Wildcats for fifth time

North Dakota State Bison head coach David Richman embraces North Dakota State Bison guard Vinnie Shahid (0) during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Colonial Life Arena. Bob Donnan / USA TODAY Sports

FARGO - The route from Fargo to Manhattan, Kansas is a familiar one for Bison fans. Now they'll have another reason to traverse to the Little Apple.

North Dakota State will open the next basketball season against Kansas State out of the Big 12. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein was the first to report the game Wednesday evening. Bison head coach Dave Richman confirmed the game to WDAY Sports' Dom Izzo later that night.

This game will be played in early November and mark the fifth all-time matchup between the schools. The last game was December of 2006, when Ben Woodside missed a three-pointer as time expired as the Wildcats escaped with a 83-81 win in front of a packed Bison Sports Arena.

NDSU will return a majority of its roster in 2019-20 that won a game in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Duke. Kansas State won 25 games last season under head coach Bruce Weber, before losing in the first round to UC Irvine. The Wildcats top three scorers from last season will be gone to graduation, while the fourth, Xavier Sneed, has his name in the NBA Draft pool.


The Bison have played two previous times in Manhattan, in 1967 and 2004, both Wildcat wins. For NDSU, this marks the tenth all-time game against a Big 12 school. The Bison have just one win in the previous nine, the 2014 NCAA Tournament overtime victory over Oklahoma.

The NDSU-Kansas State connections are strong, beginning with the 2013 football upset over the Wildcats. Former athletic director Gene Taylor took over as K-State A.D. in 2017 and he hired Bison football coach Chris Klieman to take over as Wildcat head coach for the 2019 season.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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