Monday, October 16, 2017

Timberwolves Announce 2017-18 Opening Night Roster


Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team’s 2017-18 Opening Night roster. The Wolves finalized their roster on Saturday, October 14 by waiving Amile Jefferson, Melo Trimble and Shawne Williams.
The Wolves open their 29th season of basketball on Wednesday, October 18 at the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 pm CT. Opening night will be broadcast on ESPN, Fox Sports North and the radio home of the Wolves, 830 WCCO. The team’s home opener is Friday, October 20 vs. the Utah Jazz.
Minnesota’s full 2017-18 Opening Night roster is below:
NOPLAYERPOSHTWTBIRTHDATEPRIOR TO NBA/FROMYRS
45Cole AldrichC6-1125010/31/88Kansas/USA7
8Nemanja BjelicaF6-1022505/09/88Fenerbahce Ulker/Serbia2
30Aaron BrooksG6-016101/14/85Oregon/USA9
3Anthony Brown*F6-721010/10/92Stanford/USA2
23Jimmy ButlerG/F6-723109/14/89Marquette/USA6
11Jamal CrawfordG6-519503/20/80Michigan/USA17
5Gorgui DiengC6-1124001/18/90Louisville/Sénégal4
13Marcus Georges-HuntG6-521503/28/94Georgia Tech/USA1
67Taj GibsonF6-923606/24/85USC/USA8
1Tyus JonesG6-219505/10/96Duke/USA2
15Shabazz MuhammadF6-622311/13/92UCLA/USA4
24Justin PattonC7-023006/14/97Creighton/USAR
0Jeff TeagueG6-218606/10/88Wake Forest/USA8
32Karl-Anthony TownsF/C7-024411/15/95Kentucky/USA2
22Andrew WigginsF6-819902/23/95Kansas/Canada3

* Two-way contract

HEAD COACH:Tom Thibodeau (Salem State)
ASSISTANT COACHES:Rick Brunson (Temple)

Andy Greer (SUNY-Brockport)

Ed Pinckney (Villanova)

Ryan Saunders (Minnesota)
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER:Gregg Farnam (St. Cloud State)

Monday, October 9, 2017

UND ranked eighth in most recent national polls



GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota will return to Ralph Engelstad Arena for its regular-season home opener ranked No. 8 in the latest national polls, which were released on Monday afternoon.

UND was ranked eighth in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week after picking up a win and a tie over the weekend at non-conference for Alaska Anchorage. The Fighting Hawks and Seawolves skated to a 1-1 overtime tie on Friday, followed by UND’s 3-2 overtime win on Saturday.

It marked a slight drop for UND, which had previously been ranked No. 7 in both polls.

Denver, which opens its season this weekend, remained atop both polls and was the unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today rankings.

UND will host unranked St. Lawrence on Friday and Saturday. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Central on Friday and 7:07 p.m. on Saturday.

USCHO.com Poll:
Rk.      School (1st-place votes)            Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Denver (45)                                         0-0-0            995            1
2.         Boston University (5)                           2-0-0            947            2
3.         Harvard                                               0-0-0            849            4
4.         Notre Dame                                         2-0-0            743            8
5.         Minnesota Duluth                                1-1-0            726            6
6.         St. Cloud State                                    1-0-0            723            9
7.         Minnesota                                            1-1-0            708            3
8.         North Dakota                                  1-0-1           678            7
9.         Providence                                           2-0-0            670          11
10.       Wisconsin                                            2-1-0            424          12
11.       Penn State                                           1-1-0            410          10
12.       UMass Lowell                                       0-2-0            365            5
13.       Boston College                                    0-0-1            346          13
14.       Northeastern                                       2-0-0            291          20
15.       Clarkson                                              2-0-0            267         NR
            Michigan Tech                                     2-1-0            267         NR
17.       Quinnipiac                                           0-1-1            257          14
18.       Cornell                                                 0-0-0            226          15
19.       Air Force                                              1-0-1            161          17
20.       New Hampshire                                   2-0-0            134         NR
           
Others receiving votes: Ohio State 132, Minnesota State 61, Western Michigan 36, Colgate 24, Michigan 16, Union 14, Bemidji State 12, Vermont 6, Omaha 5, Army 4, Miami 2, Brown 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll:

Rk.      School (1st-place votes)            Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Denver (34)                                         0-0-0            510            1
2.         Boston University                                2-0-0            467            2
3.         Harvard                                               0-0-0            373            4
4.         St. Cloud State                                    1-0-0            353            6
5.         Providence                                           2-0-0            338            5
6.         Notre Dame                                         2-0-0            316            8
7.         Minnesota                                            1-1-0            312            3
8.         North Dakota                                  1-0-1           246            7
9.         Minnesota Duluth                                1-1-0            233          12
10.       Wisconsin                                            2-1-0            172          10
11.       Penn State                                           1-1-0            126          11
12.       UMass Lowell                                       0-2-0              99            9
13.       Michigan Tech                                     2-1-0              98         NR
14.       Northeastern                                       2-0-0              93          13
15.       Clarkson                                              2-0-0              77         NR
           
Others receiving votes: Boston College 71, Quinnipiac 64, Cornell 46, Ohio State 39, New Hampshire 28, Air Force 16, Army 1, Colgate 1, Miami 1.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Summit League Men’s Basketball Poll

ELMHURST, Ill. – The North Dakota State men’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in The Summit League this season, according to the annual preseason poll of league head coaches, sports information directors and media.
NDSU senior guard Paul Miller was voted to the preseason All-Summit League first team for the second straight year. He led the Bison in scoring for the second consecutive season in 2016-17, averaging 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

South Dakota State topped the preseason poll with 339 points and 13 first-place votes. South Dakota came in second with 327 points and the remaining 12 first-place votes. The Bison were third with 246 points.

NDSU has 112 wins over the past five seasons – an average of nearly 23 per year. NDSU’s 43 conference victories over the past four seasons are the most in The Summit League.

NDSU will host Concordia Moorhead in an exhibition game on Nov. 1. The Bison open the regular season on the road at UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 11 and USC on Nov. 13.

Summit League Men’s Basketball
2017-18 Preseason Poll
Place
Team
Points (1st)
1.
South Dakota State
339 (13)
2.
South Dakota
327 (12)
3.
North Dakota State
246
4.
Fort Wayne
234
5.
Denver
230
6.
Omaha
124
7.
Oral Roberts
104
8.
Western Illinois
60

Preseason Player of the Year: Mike Daum, South Dakota State
First Team
Name
School
Pos.
Year
Daniel Amigo
Denver
C
Sr.
Mike Daum
South Dakota State
F
Jr.
John Konchar
Fort Wayne
G
Jr.
Paul Miller
North Dakota State
G
Sr.
Matt Mooney
South Dakota
G
Sr.
Albert Owens
Oral Roberts
C
Sr.

Second Team
Name
School
Pos.
Year
Trey Burch-Manning
South Dakota
F
Jr.
Emmanuel Nzekwesi
Oral Roberts
F
So.
Joe Rosga
Denver
G
Jr.
Bryson Scott
Fort Wayne
G
Sr.
Reed Tellinghuisen
South Dakota State
G/F
Sr.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Summit League Women’s Basketball Poll



ELMHURST, Ill. – The North Dakota State University women's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in The Summit League preseason poll released Wednesday, Oct. 4, by the league office.

The Bison tallied 150 points in the poll.

Senior guard Taylor Thunstedt was voted to the preseason all-league second team for the second straight season after averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game and tallying an NDSU single-season record 92 three-pointers last season. A native of Spicer, Minn., Thunstedt enters the 2017-18 season as the North Dakota State career leader in three-pointers made with 229 treys.

South Dakota State was tabbed the preseason favorite to win the league with 380 points and 16 first-place votes, while defending Summit League regular season and tournament champion Western Illinois was picked second with 372 points and 12 first-place votes. South Dakota was voted third with 307 points, rounding out the top-three.

Oral Roberts was fourth, followed by Omaha and NDSU in fifth and sixth.

Denver and Fort Wayne rounded out the poll in seventh and eighth.

North Dakota State is slated to host Minnesota-Morris in an exhibition game to tip-off the 2017-18 season Thursday, Nov. 2, inside the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The Bison will host Mayville State in the regular season opener Friday, Nov. 10.

  
SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
2017-18 PRESEASON POLL
Place
Team
Points (1st)
1.
South Dakota State
380 (16)
2.
Western Illinois
372 (12)
3.
South Dakota
307
4.
Oral Roberts
238
5.
Omaha
185
6.
North Dakota State
150
7.
Denver
143
8.
Fort Wayne
60











  
Preseason Player of the Year: Emily Clemens, Western Illinois

First Team
Name
School
Pos.
Year
'16-17 Stats
(ppg / rpg / apg)
Allison Arens
South Dakota
G
Jr.
17.1 / 5.3 / 3.8
Morgan Blumer
Western Illinois
G
Sr.
16.8 / 6.1 / 1.4
Emily Clemens
Western Illinois
G
Sr.
18.9 / 4.0 / 7.3    
Madison Guebert
South Dakota State
G
Jr.
15.3 / 2.4 / 1.9
Macy Miller
South Dakota State
G
RJr.
14.9 / 5.0 / 2.1
Ellie Thompson
South Dakota State
F
Sr.
13.5 / 7.0 / 1.8


Second Team

Name
School
Pos.
Year
'16-17 Stats
Ciara Duffy
South Dakota
G
So.
11.2 / 4.6 / 2.8
Taylor Higginbotham
Western Illinois
G
Jr.
14.3 / 5.6 / 2.7
Faith Ihim
Oral Roberts
F
Sr.
13.1 / 7.8 / 0.7
Maria Martianez
Oral Roberts
F
Jr.
12.3 / 7.2 / 1.8
North Dakota State
G
Sr.
14.5 / 3.3 / 1.8