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North Dakota State at IPFW

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Gates Center

Records: IPFW 10-15, 3-8 Summit League; NDSU 18-6, 9-3

Radio: 1380 AM

IPFW leaders: Frank Gaines (19.5 ppg), Mario Hines (5.8 rpg), Pierre Bland, Isaiah McCray (2.6 apg)

North Dakota State leaders: Taylor Braun (16.2 ppg), Marshall Bjorklund (6.1 rpg), Lawrence Alexander (4.1 apg)

Key matchup: Tonight’s game with North Dakota State promises to be the opposite of what the Mastodons just experienced with South Dakota State. Just as SDSU’s Nate Wolters torched IPFW for an ESPN-highlight night of 53 points, the visiting Bison like to spread the wealth. In North Dakota State’s 67-55 home victory over the Mastodons on Jan. 10, four players scored in double figures, led by Braun’s 16, and 14 from Bjorklund. Alexander came through with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The skinny: North Dakota State will likely come into the Gates Center with a bit of a Bison chip on its shoulder after losing at Oakland on Thursday. It was a loss that bumped NDSU out of a first-place tie with South Dakota State. In the “something’s got to give” category, IPFW has lost three of its last four games, and North Dakota State has lost its last three road games.

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette