|North Dakota State||T Braun 15.2||M Bjorklund 6.1||L Alexander 4.2|
|IPFW||F Gaines 19.5||M Hines 5.8||P Bland 2.6|
North Dakota State goes up against IPFW on Saturday. The game tips off at 7 p.m. EST. The Bison beat the Mastodons 67-55 on Jan. 10 and are 4-5 against them over the last four years.
IPFW is in seventh place in the conference and North Dakota State is in third place.
In their last matchup on Feb. 7, Lawrence Alexander put up 21 points and 7 assists for the Bison in a loss to Oakland, 66-63. In addition to a team-leading 4.2 assists per game, he chips in 10.3 points per game. For the Mastodons, Frank Gaines finished with 29 points in the 80-74 loss to South Dakota State on Feb. 7. With 19.5 points per game and 1.6 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. IPFW will hope to exploit their strength in defensive rebounding percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 75.7 percent in this area ranks first in the conference and third in the country.
- North Dakota State has more wins over the last 5 years than IPFW (102 vs. 81).
- North Dakota State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on North Dakota State is 77.6 inches compared to 76.5 inches for IPFW.
- North Dakota State has a stronger schedule than IPFW this season (SOS Rank: No. 216 vs. No. 313).
- Boom! North Dakota State crushed IPFW by 12 points the last time they played (Jan 10, 2013).
- North Dakota State has a better conference record than IPFW this season (9-3 vs. 3-8).
- Chris Kading is ranked 9th in the Summit League in blocks.
- North Dakota State does a better job contesting shots (38.0 percent allowed vs. 45.9 percent allowed) than IPFW this season.
- North Dakota State is a better shooting team (48.3 percent vs. 42.2 percent) than IPFW this season.
- North Dakota State has a better scoring defense (55.8 allowed per game vs. 65.9 allowed per game) than IPFW this season.
- North Dakota State is ranked higher than IPFW in the Summit League (No. 3 vs. No. 7).
- North Dakota State is a better three-point shooting team (37.7 percent vs. 33.5 percent) than IPFW this season.