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Facts and Figures: North Dakota Basketball

Arizona faces North Dakota in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday. Read on for some key facts and figures regarding the Fighting Hawks.

* UND advanced to the Elite Eight seven different times at the DII level and posted a 30-22 record overall in the tournament. The athletics department began the transition to the Division I level prior to the 2008-09 season and spent four seasons in that process before becoming a full-fledged member in 2012-13, which was the season UND joined the Big Sky Conference.

* These two squads played a pair of common opponents during the 2016-17 regular season. Arizona defeated Big Sky member Northern Colorado 71-55 on Nov. 21, while UND won a pair of single-overtime contests in both of its Big Sky affairs with the Bears this season (87-77, Feb. 25 home; 84-81, Feb. 25 away).

Both teams also defeated Cal-State Bakersfield in November. UA won 78-66 at the McKale Center (Nov. 15), while UND used a buzzer-beater to cap a game-closing 12-0 run to beat the Roadrunners 57-55 at Men Against Breast Cancer Classic in Dayton, Ohio (Nov. 27).

* The fourth-ranked Wildcats will be the highest-ranked team the Fighting Hawks have played at the Division I level. UND played Wisconsin during the 2013-14 season and fell to the 12th-ranked Badgers, who went on to finish as national runners-up that year, 103-85.

* Senior Corey Baldwin entered the Big Sky Tournament having made only three of 18 attempts from beyond the arc in the four games leading up to Reno. However, in the three victories in Reno, Baldwin made 11-of-16 (68.8%). As a team, UND shot 47 percent from distance (25-for-53).

* Senior Quinton Hooker is the only player in program history to score 1,700 points (1,734), grab 400 rebounds (494), dish out 400 assists (413) and net 150 steals (191) in a career. He is second among active Big Sky scorer’s trailing only Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin (2,030). Hooker’s 413 assists and 191 steals are tops among Big Sky players.

* UND has a sometimes simple formula to winning this season: score 80-plus points or shoot 50 percent or better from the field. UND holds a 16-0 record when doing so and have reached that figure in 10 of its last 15 games.

However, the Fighting Hawks are only 6-9 this season when being held below 80 points and dipped below 60 for just the second time this season in the 57-53 loss to Sacramento State (Mar. 2). UND was held to season lows for first-half points (23) and total points (57) by the Hornets.

UND also owns a 14-0 record this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field and opened the Big Sky Tournament with a 55.9 percent clip in the victory over Portland State. Their best effort from the field this season came in the home win over Weber State when they shot 56.6 percent from the field.

* The Fighting Hawks have trailed at the half in 13 games this season and have found a way to come back and win seven of those contests. In fact, UND trailed at the half in nine of 18 Big Sky games and rallied to win six of those contests. For the season, the largest halftime deficit overcome was an 11-point spread vs. CSU-Bakersfield (Nov. 27) during the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic in Dayton, Ohio. UND closed that game on a 16-0 run to win 57-55.

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