Join The Forum’s Eric Peterson and WDAY sports director Dom Izzo as they welcome MSUM Dragon’s head basketball coach Chad Walthall into the studio. Final Four basketball is the topic of the day and Chad will share some of his unique insights.
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Join The Forum’s Eric Peterson and WDAY sports director Dom Izzo as they welcome MSUM Dragons head coach Steve Laqua into the studio to talk Dragon’s football.
The Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball enters this weekend having lost six of their last eight games, including back-to-back losses at Upper Iowa and Winona State last weekend.
“It’s the toughest part of our schedule combined with not playing our best basketball,” Dragons head coach Chad Walthall said of the recent stretch of losses. “We’re really at a point now of no return. We can go one way or the other. I really think this team is ready for this weekend. They are not satisfied.”
The Dragons (15-7, 9-7 NSIC) are tied for seventh place in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They host Augustana at 8 p.m. Friday and Wayne State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
“We’re not 7-15 so you have to look at it that way,” said Walthall, who pointed out his team had two overtime losses in that 2-6 stretch. “We had some deficiencies. … I do think we are not far away.”
Walthall said senior center Eric Olson will be inserted into the starting lineup this weekend to team with fellow senior forward Alex Novak on the front line.
“We are trying to do some new wrinkles,” Walthall said. “Eric is a senior and he has been playing well. Eric has been playing starter’s minutes anyways.”
Olson has been averaging 5.5 points and 5.7 rebounds off the bench this season, averaging 20.5 minutes per game.
“We’ve got to play well down the stretch and get hot for the (NSIC) tournament,” Walthall said. “To do anything we’ve got to win at home. We have to be playing better.”
Minnesota State Moorhead added 24 players to its football program on national signing day. Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said a number of the incoming recruits have a chance to compete for starting spots and playing time next fall, including quarterback prospect Demetrius Carr.
MSUM also looked to bolster its offensive line with seven signings in that position group.
Below is the complete list with comments on each player from the MSUM athletic department release:
Here is a look at the 2013 Dragon recruits who signed NLIs on Wednesday:
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Eric Peterson as they welcome Concordia Cobber head coach Terry Horan into the studio.
MOORHEAD – Concordia sophomore quarterback Griffin Neal will be making his fourth collegiate start at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium, but it will be Neal’s first against the Cobbers’ top rival, St. John’s.
Concordia coach Terry Horan said his advice for his young QB is simple heading into the big rivalry game.
“Don’t try to do too much,” Horan said. “play within the system and do what you’ve done all along.”
The Cobbers are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005 after winning their Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener at St. Olaf last weekend.
St. John’s is the MIAC home opener for the Cobbers.
Neal isn’t completely green when it comes to the big-game atmosphere. He helped lead Fargo South to the 2010 North Dakota Class 3A state title. In that game, Neal passed for 243 yards and three TDs in a 28-14 victory against Bismarck High.
“He’s been in big games, it doesn’t matter the level,” Horan said. “A big game is a big game and he’s handled himself very well. … He’s calm, cool and collective and I don’t think any of that is going to change.”
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Neal has completed 30 of 46 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns in three starts for Concordia.