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Published January 16, 2014, 07:44 PM

Bison working to win the Summit League championship

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Saul Phillips knows the expectations that surround his Bison men's basketball team to win the Summit League championship, so when NDSU dropped its conference opener last week at IPFW, some fans started to worry about their postseason potential.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Saul Phillips knows the expectations that surround his Bison men's basketball team to win the Summit League championship, so when NDSU dropped its conference opener last week at IPFW, some fans started to worry about their postseason potential.

Saul Phillips, NDSU seventh year head coach: “I think we were just disappointed in that we didn't play our best basketball and when this team gets angry they generally respond pretty well. We are pretty confident in who we are. I do know this, the league is better top to bottom. You look at this UNO team tonight coming in here and absolutely I can think of a thousand different ways they can beat us.”

When asked what surprised Coach Phillips this year, he replied, “Their toughness, I knew they were a tough group, but unless you were on those trips with us making the quick turnarounds, flying back with no practice, bam there is Delaware in your face, it's been wacky. We've played in all four time zones, this group hasn't complained once. Like I said, I knew it was there, but it's always refreshing to see it come out.”

Home games are always important but do you set even more importance on running the table if you want to be the number one seed come March?

“I want to win a regular season conference championship,” Phillips replied when asked if he sets more importance on running the table.” He continued to say, “You better take care of home court if you want to do that and you better win your fair share of road games as well. I absolutely love coaching this group, they are fun to work with, I like our potential it's just right now you got to go out and realize that potential every 40 minutes that you are given.

Biggest key for you guys to get a win here tonight, in your mind what is it?

When asked the biggest key for securing a win, Phillips replied, “Got to contain their transition and that actually starts for us in the offensive end of the court. We can't turn it over, we can't take bad shots but if we can keep them out of the full court it's a start anyway. If you don't do that I know you won't beat them.”

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