The Northern State men’s basketball team announced recently that it’s season will begin with three exhibition games in three games against top-level Division I opponents.
And they’re not exactly playing Chicago State, Houston Baptist or Sacramento State either.
The Wolves will visit Northern Iowa on Oct. 30, Purdue on Nov. 1 and Butler on Nov. 2. All three teams reached the NCAA national tournament the past two years. Butler is the two-time defending national runner-up.
Northern State has opened its season against Division I teams nine of the past 10 season and have played teams like Oklahoma, Creighton and Belmont. But nothing ever like this.
I’ll say this for Northern State, the school famous for legendary coach Don Meyer but now coached by former Black Hills State coach Paul Sather: they know what makes a team better.
The Wolves could easily open their schedule with games against Trinity Bible College or Presentation College, pick up 70-point wins and not learn one thing about their team. Instead, they’ll be challenged for three straight days and Sather will learn more about his team in that time than he probably will the rest of the season.