Lawrence, KS – It was a tough first half for NDSU at Allen Fieldhouse last night. The second half looked a bit better for the young Bison. In this article, we are answering the Game Questions that we asked yesterday morning. We also have some stats below to check out.
Before the Bison took this trip to #10 Arkansas and #5 Kansas, nobody really thought they would win a game. Let’s take these games for what they were, learning experiences that the Bison can grow from. They were not pretty it was a memorable way to start the season! Next up, the Bison play on Sunday at home vs. Pacific.
Halftime: Kansas 48 NDSU 19 Final: Kansas 82 NDSU: 59
Andrew Morgan – 8 pts, 3 reb, 1 stl, 2 TO
Grant Nelson – 11 pts, 9 reb, 2 blks, 5 TO
Lance Waddles – 9 pts, 5 reb, 1 stl, 3 TO
Boden Skunberg – 10 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 TO
Luke Yoder – 3 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 1 TO
Sam Hastreiter – 4 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast
Joshua Streit – 2 pts, 4 reb
Jacari White – 2 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
Damari Wheeler-Thomas – 2 pts, 1 reb, 3 ast, 1 TO
Tajavis Miller – 8 pts, 1 reb, 2 ast
FG: 21-58 (36.2%) 3PT: 9-32 (28.1%) FT: 8-13 (61.5%) REB: 32 Ast: 13 STL: 2 BLK: 3 TO: 14
Game 2–Bison Questions
1. Will the starting lineup stay the same as game #1? (Yoder, Waddles, Skunberg, Nelson, Morgan)
Yes, stayed the same. It will be interesting to see how much longer Yoder keeps the starting PG job.
2. The Bison lost the rebounding battle to Arkansas by 5, how will they vs. Kansas?
Kansas was +14 in the rebounding battle. The Bison gave up 13 offensive rebounds to the athletic and long Jayhawks.
3. Can the Bison take better care of the ball? The starters can not have 13 TO’s if they want to keep it close.
They ended with 14 total TO’s. Early in the game, turnovers were a problem again. The live-ball turnovers turned into quick points for Kansas. It seems like the Bison are still loose with the ball and the athleticism/aggressiveness of the Jayhawks gave the Bison problems. On a bright note, the Bison had little trouble breaking the Kansas pressure when they picked up in the full court.
4. How will NDSU shoot from beyond the arc? The Bison were 5-21 vs. the Razorbacks.
They shot more triples in this game and their percentage went up as well.
5. Will the Bison get the ball inside more to Morgan and Nelson?
They did not get it to Nelson much on the block outside of a set after a timeout. Morgan got the ball on the block much more this game. In the first half, when Andrew touched the ball the Jayhawks brought a double-team at him and/or the nearest guard dug. Morgan did not have much success going against the extra defense from Kansas, he was forced to kick the ball back out to a teammate. Later in the second half, Morgan saw single coverage and he scored a few baskets after a post feed.
During the halftime interview, Kansas acting head coach Norm Roberts talked about how the Jayhawks had to double and run guys at the Bison BIGs because they could not guard them 1on1. It was interesting to hear give that kind of respect to the Bison players.
6. Will they set more ball screens, pin-downs, and flairs? Or does everything happen off the bounce?
They absolutely set more ball screens this game. Morgan was the main player that set high ball screens. Streit was also setting a few ball screens. NDSU set some pin-down screens but only on sets, it seemed like. I did not notice them setting back screens or flairs organically in their half-court offense.
7. How will Waddles and Miller shoot? They went 2-15 vs. Arkansas.
6-16 last night. It was better but not where the Bison most likely want it to be. As the youngster settle into the season I think the shots will start falling more consistently. They will also be playing lesser competition, so I would this their shooting percentage would go up. Lance Waddles looks like he can create the best off the bounce out of the Bison guards. His catch-and-shoot game also looks very fluid. I think Waddles is going to turn into a really nice player for the Bison.
8. Will the Bison show great hustle, grittiness, and toughness?
They showed great hustle when getting back in transition defense. Nelson sprinted back on defense and pinned shots off the backboard twice. One of them was called goaltending. I did not notice as many Bison players diving on the floor or having to save as many loose balls from out of bounds. The Bison did not seem to put up as much of a fight as the game against Arkansas. Things were going very well for Kansas, so that played a major factor. It did not really matter how tough the Bison played, they just could not compete with that Kansas team.
9. How deep will the bench go tonight? NDSU played 9 guys on Monday.
They went 11 deep last night. Ryan Sletten the walk-on from Rugby even got in at the last minute.
10. Does Noah Feddersen play? Will he end up being a redshirt?
He did not play, Feddersen must be redshirting.
11. Will Nelson, Morgan, and Skunberg be the offensive leaders, or will a youngster step up?
Nelson was the main threat last night. Skunberg did show a nice pull-up jumper and a sweet back-cut for a basket. Morgan did not show much until the second half when Kansas left him alone in the post. Nelson hit a 3-ball, once he starts knocking down a few more of those, he is going to really be scary. He picked up a charge last night, but I like seeing that kind of aggressiveness. I like when Nelson grabs a D-rebound and he immediately takes off the other way to lead the break. There a not many 6’11” guys in the country that can do that. I would like to see Nelson in more screen-n-roll situations and some pick-n-pop looks. It seems like he is having to create everything for himself other than the one set that the Bison executed in the first half.
12. Can Hastreiter and White provide an offensive punch?
They did not provide much, they combined for 6 points.
13. The Bison are -24 right now, what will the final be?
82-59, NDSU lost by 23.
14. What type of defense do the Bison play?
Halfcourt man. I did not like the looks of NDSU’s ball screen defense. Many times the BIG got stuck in “no man’s land” and it resulted in a Jayhawks SLAM. I am guessing that opposing teams will see that film and be licking their chops for the chance to go at the Bison screen-n-roll defense. At the same time, I am sure that the Bison will be addressing the issue.
15. How ridiculous does Gradey Dick look?
He ended with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists. Dick, seemed very unselfish and was willing to make the extra pass. Jalen Wilson was the Jayhawks with the hot hand and ended up with 21 points in 25 minutes.
What’s next for the Bison?
The home opener on Sunday 11/13 at 1:00 vs. Pacific