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Photo by Steven Branscombe / USA TODAY North Dakota State head coach Saul Phillips celebrates after defeating the Fort Wayne in the championship game of the Summit Conference tournament at Sioux Falls Sports. The Bison defeated the Mastodons 60-57.

NDSU returns to Big Dance

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FARGO — North Dakota State learned in 2009 that there’s more than basketball to the NCAA tournament. When the Bison won the Summit League tournament title, the ensuing 10 days were a test in organizational skills.


Specifically, every media outlet imaginable wanted to hear about the story of a program making the tourney in its first year of Division I eligibility.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.