Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. 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.
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FARGO — For the first time in four years, North Dakota State opened spring football practice Sunday with question marks on defense — a testament to a long run of talented players that played a lot of games.
FARGO — North Dakota State offensive guard Zack Johnson sat out last season to rehabilitate a surgically repaired knee, the result of an offseason injury. But watching his teammates from the sideline proved to be difficult for other areas of his body.
SEATTLE — Too big. Too experienced. But it wasn’t easy for No. 2 seed Gonzaga against North Dakota State Friday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
SEATTLE — Gonzaga University is a force inside with more players 6-foot-10 or taller than North Dakota State has had combined in the last few decades. Oh, and the Zags are also one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country.
SEATTLE — The first clue that Wednesday was a different road trip for the North Dakota State men’s basketball team is there was no multi-hour layover at Chicago O’Hare. The Bison have become experts at passing the time in that airport.
FARGO — Gonzaga University has morphed into a basketball factory that was perhaps put on the map thanks to former NBA great John Stockton. Funny thing, though. The school never made an NCAA tournament until 11 years after Stockton graduated.
FARGO — The plan for North Dakota State was to hire an athletic director in the fall, and that person was going to preside over a fourth straight NCAA Division I FCS national football title and a repeat NCAA men’s basketball tournament berth. Yeah, that’s it.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A North Dakota State men’s basketball season that wasn’t supposed to amount to much has a chance to amount to something spectacular.
FARGO — Last year’s Senior Night presentations for the North Dakota State men’s basketball team went so long that it was practically an event in itself. There were six players to honor, all of whom made their mark in some fashion in program history.