Bison men’s basketball hits road for Kansas City, Oral Roberts

The Games

Winners of six of the last eight games, the North Dakota State men’s basketball team (11-6 overall, 3-2 Summit) will travel to take on Kansas City on Thursday, Jan. 20, and Oral Roberts on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The Series vs. Kansas City

Thursday will be the 19th meeting all-time between NDSU and Kansas City. The Bison hold a 13-5 lead in the series after winning two of three games against the Roos last season. The schools split their two meetings in Kansas City on Jan. 29-30 last season, before NDSU won 69-65 in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament. 

Against Kansas City

Tyree Eady led the Bison in scoring in their three games against Kansas City last season, averaging 14.3 points on 61-percent shooting vs. the Roos.

The Series vs. Oral Roberts

Saturday will be the 33rd meeting all-time between North Dakota State and Oral Roberts, with the Bison leading the series 17-15. NDSU has won 12 of the 18 meetings since ORU returned to The Summit League in the 2014-15 season. 

Against Oral Roberts

Rocky Kreuser averaged 20.3 points in NDSU’s three meetings with Oral Roberts last season, including a career-high 34 points in the championship game of the Summit League Tournament. Sam Griesel averaged 11.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in the three games against ORU.

Multiple Threats

Four Bison are shooting 42 percent or better from three-point range in Summit League play. Sam Griesel is 7-for-12 (58 percent) from beyond the arc, Jarius Cook is 10-for-20 (50 percent), and Boden Skunberg and Grant Nelson are also above that mark. 

Significant Difference

The Bison are shooting 40 percent from three-point range in Summit League play and limiting their opponents to 30 percent from beyond the arc.

Climbing the Charts

With 68 points over the past three games, Rocky Kreuser moved into NDSU’s all-time Top 20 for career points. He now ranks 16th in school history with 1,423 points.


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