Life of a MSU student athlete

Post-game rituals help prep for future

Writer: Michael Ritchie

The game ends and the Bobcats finish their grueling 40 minutes of play. What do the Cats do now?

The first thing the teams do is listen to the coaches recap the game. “[We] keep it simple, [the coaches] don’t want to give the players too much to worry about,” Huse said.

The team will then spend time with fans, signing autographs or talking with those who stay after the game to congratulate the team, whether they won or lost. Elliott described post-game events, “[We] grab something to eat, shower and sleep. If we are at home then maybe dinner with family, but on the road we eat as a team.”

Senior guard Antonio Biglow says he prays and picks what shoes and socks he’ll play in for the next game. Then he’ll shower, and eat with some teammates afterward. Biglow says his post-game routine “gets me ready and focused on what we need to do and what I need to do for us to pull out a win [next time].”

No matter what the athletes do, they find a way to recharge and get focused for the next game.

Practice makes perfect for Bobcat basketball

Written by Lizzy Narigon

Come game day, Worthington Arena is filled with many MSU basketball supporters. Though the supporters see the baskets made and game day jerseys, many fans do not consider the hard work and practice that goes into being a successful team. What goes on behind the scenes is crucial to what the team brings to the court on game day.

According to senior forward Flavien Davis, practices typically start with drills to get warmed up and end with shooting practice and conditioning. The content in the middle varies as the season progresses as certain things need to be worked on or practices are geared toward preparing for certain opponents.

Senior center Blake Brumwell also commented on their practices, saying “As far as the bulk of the practice time, we often spend the beginning of the week working on things that we can do better as a team, be it offensive or defensive plays and strategies,” he said. “Later in the week, we tend to start preparing more for our upcoming opponent, usually by having one team run their offensive or defensive sets and the other team defending and executing the offense against it.” The team travels frequently and uses this type of agenda to focus on that weekend’s games and goals.

Practices for the team are a daily commitment, and as Brumwell says, there are many aspects to each session. “We usually practice two hours at the beginning of the season and start to taper down to about one and a half at the end when we have been going for so long. We lift two days a week during the bulk of the season and lift four days a week in the offseason, which is also when we do our conditioning workouts.”

The demands of being a student-athlete can be exhausting, but the men’s team has shown they are capable of bringing focus to their practices in order to be successful come game time.

Pregame preparations help teams focus

Written by Michael Ritchie

The Bobcats play 30 games a season and there are numerous things the teams do to prepare for each game.

In addition to all the practice time, the teams have to be at the gym roughly an hour and a half before a game to begin preparing for the game – getting dressed, stretching out and highlighting each player’s role on the team. “We go over two or three key points with the players to keep it simple,” Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brad Huse said.

The team spends only a little more than twenty minutes on the court practicing drills out of the hour and a half they spend in the gym preparing. “We head into the locker room with 40 minutes before the game to review our scouting report on the other team,” junior forward Jackie Elliott said.

The coaches set out most of the pre-game routine, but not all of it is set in stone. Huse said, “The team is given a little shoot around time to help the players relax and create an edge.”

The women’s team has their own way of preparing for a game. “We pray and have a little dance party and go back out onto the court,” Elliott said. Through this, the team can run off some steam before the game and get excited to play the game.

On the Road

Written by Davis Connelley

Over the course of a season, MSU basketball players travel hundreds of miles, from Grand Forks, ND to Sacramento, Calif. and everywhere in between. Combine all of this travel time with the added responsibilities of the school work that comes with a college education – not to mention practice time – and it’s amazing how well the student-athletes at MSU are able to keep up.

The women’s basketball team boasts one of the best GPAs in the NCAA, with a 3.271 average, which has placed them in the top 15 schools nationwide six of the past eight years. Make no mistake, they didn’t earn that honor by coincidence. “Missing class every other week is very difficult,” junior guard Kalli Durham said. “With limited free time outside of school and basketball, we have to be responsible to stay caught up.”

It isn’t all hard work though, there is room for fun on road trips. “My favorite thing about trips is traveling to different cities and making lots of fun memories with teammates and coaches,” Durham added.

The men’s team works hard to find success juggling academics and athletics with long days on the road as well. Senior forward Calen Coleman said, “It is kind of difficult to keep up. You have to stay focused on the game at hand, but you also have to worry about keeping up with your professors.”

Coleman’s favorite thing about road trips was seeing all of the different cities. During his free time on trips, “My favorite thing to do is to just watch ESPN in the hotel room,” he remarked.

With all the work Bobcat basketball players have to keep track of, they deserve some time to kick back when they get the chance.