Head Coach: Brian Jones
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Conference: Big Sky
Nickname: Fighting Hawks
Last time out: Beat Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Typical Rotation Depth: 9-10
Line: Nebraska by 9.5
4 Factors: Creating turnovers, getting to the line
Tempo: Consistently one of the fastest teams in Div 1
Style: Getting to the rim on offense, turning you over on defense
Shirt not to wear: Green, anything that says Texas
Impress your friends fact: North Dakota will be joining the Summit League next year
Impress your friends fact: This will be the first game for North Dakota in the continental US. They played their first 3 games in Hawaii as part of the Rainbow Classic
Impress your friends fact: North Dakota has 3 D-1 transfers in Marlon Scott (Creighton), Dale Jones (Iowa) and Jafar Kinsey (Robert Morris via JuCo)
Player to watch: Geno Crandell
The Junior SG is averaging an impressive 27ppg and has done so driving into the paint and getting to the line in addition to knocking down a ridiculous 64% from 3.
The Skinny: The Huskers have this last tune-up game before hitting the road to Florida which will be the start of a month worth of Top 100 opponents. 2016-17 Big Sky champion North Dakota should serve as a solid but winnable game in an attempt to work out the disjointed play that cumulated in being blown out at St. John's. For at least a day the offense should look pretty good as the helter-skelter play of North Dakota should lead to a lot of easy buckets in the paint. This style should also give the Nebraska a pretty good sense of where they are in the ball handling department.
What is exactly is the identity of this Nebraska team? Will this North Dakota team that has had 6 days to prepare for this game knock us off trying to figure that out? Miles tends to make changes following losses, especially those of the ass-kicking variety. Is that bringing Roby into the starting lineup? Anyone else?
Prediction: Nebraska 83 - North Dakota 70