North Dakota State Bison men's basketball

The North Dakota State Bison men's basketball team is a part of the athletic program at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S. They are members of the NCAA Division I and have been part of The Summit League since May 2007. Home games are played at the Scheels Center which is located on the NDSU campus in Fargo, ND. The team shares a conference rival with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Bison men's head coach is David Richman. On March 10, 2009 the Bison made their biggest comeback in school history with a 66–64 win over Oakland University to win the Summit League tournament championship and became the first team since Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette) in 1972 to advance to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in their first year of eligibility.

North Dakota State Bison
2019–20 North Dakota State Bison men's basketball team
UniversityNorth Dakota State University
Head coachDavid Richman (5th season)
ConferenceSummit League
LocationFargo, North Dakota
ArenaScheels Center
(Capacity: 5,830)
ColorsGreen and Yellow[1]
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1981*, 2014
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1971*, 1974*, 1981*, 1983*, 1994*, 1995*, 1996*, 1997*, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2019
*at Division II level
Conference Tournament Champions
2009, 2014, 2015, 2019
Conference Regular Season Champions
North Central Conference: 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1952, 1954, 1971, 1981, 1995
Summit: 2009, 2014, 2015

Prior to their transition to Division I, the Bison competed in Division II as a member of the North Central Conference.

Head coaches

# Name Years Record
1Gil Dobie1906–190817–5
2Paul Magoffin1908–190911–4
3Arthur Rueber1909–191342–6
4Howard Wood1913–191522–4
5P.J. Davis1915–191837–10
6Ralph "Curly" Movold1918–19199–5
7Stan Borleske1919–192242–14
8George Dewey1922–192556–15
9Ion Cortright1925–192622–3
10Leonard Saalwaechter1926–193371–68
11Bob Lowe1933–1946141–102
12C.P. Reed1946–194932–41
13B.C. "Chuck" Bentson1949–1965169–207
14Doug Cowman1965–196833–41
15Lyle "Bud" Belk1968–197250–55
16Marv Skaar1972–197893–69
17Erv Inniger1978–1992244–150
18Tom Billeter1992–199797–50
19Ray Giacoletti1997–200048–33
20Greg McDermott2000–200115–11
21Tim Miles2001–200799–71
22Saul Phillips2007–2014134–84
23David Richman2014–201962–34
Overall1906–2017 (112 years)1544–1082

Postseason history

NCAA Division I Tournament results

The Bison have appeared in four NCAA Division I Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–4.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2009#14First Round#3 KansasL 74–84
2014#12Second Round
Third Round
#5 Oklahoma
#4 San Diego State
W 80–75 OT
L 44–63
2015#15Second Round#2 GonzagaL 76–86
2019#16First Four
First Round
#16 North Carolina Central
#1 Duke
W 78–74
L 62-85

From 2011–2015 the round of 64 was known as the Second Round, Round of 32 was Third Round

NCAA Division II Tournament results

The Bison appeared in eight NCAA Division II Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1971Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Northeast Missouri State
Saint Olaf
L 66–75
W 96–94
1974Regional QuarterfinalsSaint Cloud StateL 62–77
1981Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Green Bay
Central Missouri State
L 76–82
W 95–87
1983Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Ferris State
W 71–68
L 77–79
1994Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Mesa State
South Dakota
W 75–65 OT
L 58–61
1995Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Mesa State
Fort Hays State
W 85–76
L 63–73
W 84–72
1996Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
South Dakota State
W 71–70
L 88–94
1997Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Northern State
Fort Hays State
W 90–89 OT
L 78–82

CBI results

The Bison have appeared in two College Basketball Invitationals (CBI). Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012First RoundWyomingL 75–76
2013First RoundWestern MichiganL 71–72 OT

The Summit League awards

Player of the Year

First-Team All-Summit League

  • Brett Winkelman (2008 & 2009)
  • Ben Woodside (2008 & 2009)
  • Taylor Braun (2012–14)
  • Lawrence Alexander (2015)

All-time statistical leaders

Single-game leaders

  • Points: Ben Woodside (60, 2008)
  • Assists: David Ryles (16, 1987)
  • Rebounds: Gene Gamache (24, 1955), Robert Lauf (24, 1954), Roger Erickson (24, 1960)
  • Steals: David Ryles (8, 1986)
  • 3 point FG made: Lawrence Alexander (8, 2015)
  • Free Throws made: Ben Woodside (30, 2008)

Single-season leaders

  • Points: Ben Woodside (766, 08–09)
  • Assists: David Ryles (230, 86–87)
  • Rebounds: John Wojtak (298, 70–71)
  • Steals: David Ryles (86, 86–87)

Career leaders

  • Points: Ben Woodside (2315, 05–09)
  • Assists: Jeff Askew (684, 1979–83)
  • Rebounds: Brett Winkelman (874, 05–09)
  • Steals: David Ryles (275, 1983–87)


  • Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse (PhyEd Building) 1931–1970
  • Bison Sports Area 1970–2013
  • Scheels Sports Arena 2014–2015
  • Sanford Health Athletic Complex 2016–present


  1. NDSU Bison Graphic Standards (PDF). May 23, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. Chip Scroggins, Aldrich returns home, puts on dunkfest for Jayhawks, Star Tribune, March 21, 2009, Accessed March 23, 2009.
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