|North Dakota State gets Kansas in NCAA 1st round|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 15 March 2009 22:35|
Of course, now the Bison have to play defending national champion Kansas.
The Bison received the No. 14 seed in the Midwest Regional and drew the No. 3-seeded Kansas Jayhawks. The game will be played about 210 miles away in Minneapolis.
``I know that Kansas travels pretty well, but we'll have a head start on them,'' NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said Sunday, after a selection show party at the Bison Sports Arena.
``Wow, they're a great team,'' Bison center Lucas Moorman said. ``But it's going to be a lot of fun and I'm glad it's close to home.''
Hundreds of fans flocked to the arena to watch the show on a big screen TV built into the scoreboard above the court. Phillips warmed up the crowd by calling it the biggest party in Fargo history.
. ``This is as spectacular as it gets. Playing the defending champions.''
The Bison won their NCAA berth by beating Oakland on Ben Woodside's shot with 3 seconds left for the Summit League championship
Sunday's crowd began buzzing when Kansas was announced as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest, because NDSU was anticipating a No. 13 or 14 seed. ``My heart was pounding up there at that time,'' Woodside said.
The players, who were seated on the stage, stood and cheered when NDSU was placed in the bracket.
``It was exciting. I felt like crying,'' said Susilo Poromarto, an NDSU graduate student from Indonesia.
Bison assistant coach David Richman said he was impressed by the turnout, but not surprised. NDSU has a history of athletic success is several sports, but nothing compares to the NCAA tournament, he said.
``There's nothing like this from a national standpoint,'' he said. ``We're just naive enough to go in there and take a shot at winning,'' Richman said. ``We've been playing the underdog role pretty well so far.''