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Nate Wolters scored 27 points to help South Dakota State outlast North Dakota State and a resurgent Taylor Braun. That's a title for the Jackrabbits, and another NCAA Tournament berth for the captain.
Nate Wolters is the captain of the Mid-Major 5, who it appears captured its own championship this weekend (although ESPN refused to divulge the final score). On Tuesday he became the captain of a team with another championship, his second (well, technically his third).
South Dakota State used 27 points, six rebounds and six assists from its star to power a 73-67 win to capture its second-straight Summit crown and another bid in the NCAA Tournament.
That means everyone will get to see Wolters shine again, this time with even more riding on the game.
It almost didn't happen though, thanks to Taylor Braun.
Back when North Dakota State was headed for Bracket Busters against Akron, it was all a little hollow. Braun was still sitting on the sidelines; he wasn't going to be able to help this Bison team mount any challenge against the Zips. But it was all part of the plan to rest for the Summit Tournament.
And he came back with a vengence, scoring 27, 14 and 23 in the three games. But 23 points from Braun was almost all that North Dakota State got Tuesday night.
Braun was the only Bison player to score in double figures.
You can't overcome all that on your own. Though Wolters has multiple times this season, including his signature performance of the season.
And that is the difference. You can get something from Wolters that you can't get anywhere else. We all get a chance to witness that at least one more time this season, something that will make college basketball fans better for it.