Tom Nieman

Minnesota Men OWN the NSIC (Come on, Augie! Northern? UMary?)

Winona State is at it again. The Warrior men's basketball team is on a pretty incredible 7 year run... a 186-37 record going back to the 05/06 season.  They won the National Championship in 2006, did it again in 2008 and went 105-6 in that three year stretch.  They set a national record for wins, with 38 in 07/08 and another national record...
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Bison vs. Jacks

Off to Fargo this weekend for SDSU at NDSU in college hoops!  We have the women on TV on Friday night at 7:00.  (No TV for the men on Saturday, BUT we will have them on when they play in Brookings on Feb. 15th.) The women's game should be good, though... SDSU is on top of the Summit League at 7-1. NDSU is sixth right now at 4-4, but the...
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Is it a "Buzzer Beater" or not? (not)

The basketball "buzzer beater" is a sublime moment in sports.  Radio and TV guys scream like idiots.  Fans go nuts, babies cry, drinks spill.  And referees have to make sure the shot did, in fact, beat the buzzer. But the buzzer is not really what has to be beaten. I bring this up after the recent Wisconsin-Michigan State game.  Wisconsin...
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Cody Schilling Just Scored Again

Augustana plays Minnesota-Crookston on Midco Sports Network on Saturday... women at 4:00, men at 5:57 or so unless the women go to OT which is a good possiblity.  Crookston's women are good... they lead the NSIC in scoring at 73+ PPG and are led by Brittani Wiese who leads the NSIC in scoring at just over 20 PPG.  The Lady Eagles are 2-1 in the...
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Here Comes the Sun

Can I get away with saying any beloved Beatles song is just not that good?  ("Here Comes the Sun"-The Beatles, 1969.  "Highly overrated and somewhat annoying"-Tom Nieman, 2011)  There. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball teams start conference play this weekend.  We have Minnesota State at Augustana on TV on Saturday.  It will...
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Bison B-Ball

NDSU's men's basketball team looks good from the road.  (My old boss at the golf course would use that phrase when asked if the tees were mowed correctly or the weeds were whacked properly... "Looks good from the road!") Turns out, NDSU looks good up close, too.  Saw them wipe the floor with Fresno State last week in Fargo.  My color analyst,...
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