Sunday, November 17, 2013

Game Preview - North Dakota State

Brief summary on our opponent

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles travel to Fargo, ND in a key OOC matchup that could have postseason implications. Southern Miss is 2-0 and is coming off a solid road win at DePaul. North Dakota State opened up with a win over non-D1 Viterbo University but followed it up with a loss to St. Mary's on the road. The Bison were also the preseason favorite to win the Summit League and they return all 5 starters from a team that won 24 games in the 2012-2013 season. NDSU is lead by Taylor Braun who averaged 15.4 points last year and was named Summit League Preseason Player of the Year. 

My opinion and prediction on tomorrow's game

In my opinion, this will be a good road test for USM. NDSU was a top 100 RPI team last year and they return all of the key players from last year's squad. The Bison like to slow the game down (they were #333 in KenPom's Tempo Rating last year) and it will be interesting to see how the Eagles adjust to the style of play that North Dakota State likes to run. I think this will be a close game but USM pulls away in the last minute for a solid road win.

Prediction: Southern Miss 69, North Dakota State 63

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