MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ben Woodside let his steely gaze relax for a second, and a sly smile crept across his face. His North Dakota State Bison, in this fifth and most special season, have officially stepped onto the national stage.
They're about to play the defending NCAA champions at a major league stadium just a four-hour drive from their campus on the prairie, and people all over the country who couldn't tell Bismarck from Fargo will be taking long lunches and logging onto their laptops to watch.
So far, so good, for Woodside. It looks like Collins is going to score 70 points this game, though.