The North Dakota Preview
Date: Wednesday, December 18th
Time: 6:30pm CST
Location: Lincoln, NE
Record: 8-4 (0-0 Summit League)
Coach: Paul Sather (5th Season)
North Dakota comes to Lincoln with an 8-4 record following a 79-62 road win at Utah Tech on Saturday night. The 8-4 mark is the program’s best start since moving to Division I level. Wednesday’s game wraps up a two-game road trip before the Fighting Hawks begin Summit League play on Dec. 29.
Head Coach Paul Sather is no stranger to the region, as he is in his fifth season in charge of the North Dakota program. Last season, UND won 13 games after winning just 15 the previous two seasons. Prior to taking the North Dakota job, he spent nine seasons at Northern State, guiding that program to a trio of NCAA Division II Tournaments and a runner-up finish in 2018. His teams won the Northern Sun Conference title in each of the past two seasons.
The Fighting Hawks feature a trio of double-figure scorers in B.J. Omot, Treysen Eaglestaff and Tsotne Tsartsidze. Omot averages a team-high 16.2 points per game and has four 20-point games, including a 24-point effort at Iowa in the season opener.
Eaglelstaff is at 15.5 ppg and also has four 20-point nights this season. He is shooting 8 percent from 3-point range and averaging nearly three 3-pointers per game. Tsartsidze chips in 10.3 ppg on nearly 48 percent shooting.
In addition, Tyree Ihenacho was ruled eligible last week, and the James Madison transfer had nine points and three rebounds in his debut. Ihenacho began his career at UND, where he was the Summit League Freshman of the Year in 2020-21.