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Kevin Schnepf, Published March 27 2008

2005 BSA visitors now in NCAA tourney

On back-to-back nights in December 2005, Doug Oliver and C.J. Anderson were visiting the Bison Sports Arena for men’s basketball games against North Dakota State.

This week, they are a part of the NCAA Tournament.

Oliver, who coached an Idaho State team that lost to the Bison 86-69 on Dec. 17, 2005, is the assistant at Stanford who had to take over last week when head coach Trent Johnson was ejected during the first half against Marquette. Stanford won, advancing to Friday’s South Region semifinal game against Texas.

Anderson, who had 18 points and 7 rebounds when Manhattan defeated the Bison 76-62 on Dec. 18, 2005, has since transferred to Xavier – who will play West Virginia today in the West Regional semifinals in Phoenix.

“C.J. Anderson is one of the best players who has probably ever played in the Bison Sports Arena,” said NDSU head coach Saul Phillips. “All I remember is he killed us.”

That was back when seniors-to-be such as Ben Woodside, Brett Winkelman, Mike Nelson and Lucas Moormann were redshirt freshman in their first year of college ball. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Anderson led Manhattan that year, averaging 18.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

After sitting out last year when he transferred to Xavier, Anderson is one of five Musketeers averaging from 10 to 12 points. Anderson averages 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. In an 85-78 tournament win over Purdue last week, Anderson had 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Oliver, meanwhile, is in his second year as an assistant at Stanford. He was the head coach at Idaho State from 1998 to 2006. He was an assistant at Stanford from 1986 to 1998, helping the 1998 Stanford team reach the Final Four.

Reports: Sutton top candidate at TCU

According to published reports, Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton is considered a top candidate for head coaching vacancy at Texas Christian University.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper reported Wednesday that Sutton met with TCU officials on Tuesday. The story reported that Buzz Peterson, director of player of personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats, also is a top candidate.

It has been estimated that Sutton would double his Oral Roberts salary – believed to be in the $175,000 to $200,000 range – with a jump to the higher-prestige Mountain West Conference. Sutton turned down a similar move to Wichita State last year.

Sutton has guided Oral Roberts to a 168-111 record in nine seasons with three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. After losing its regular-season finale 68-55 at North Dakota State, Oral Roberts went on to win the Summit League tournament before losing 82-63 to Pittsburgh in an NCAA tournament opener last week.

Centenary, W. Illinois to have new coaches

If Sutton takes the TCU job, the Summit League will have three new head coaches.

Rob Flaska’s contract at Centenary was not renewed, while Derek Thomas resigned at Western Illinois recently.

Flaska had a 24-65 overall record and a 9-39 Summit League record during his three seasons at Centenary. Thomas had a 40-104 overall record and a 21-69 Summit League record in five seasons at Western Illinois.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kevin Schnepf at (701) 241-5549 or kschnepf@forumcomm.com

Schnepf’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com