North Dakota State's key to success? Funny cats


What I'm about to show you is the inspirational video that helped lead the North Dakota State Bison to a 66-64 victory over Oakland in the Summit League championship game.

NDSU coach Saul Phillips told Dan Patrick this was the exact video he played for his players before the biggest game of their lives.

"I had read different motivational things and had talked to some other coaches about them playing clips of the guy that landed the plane in the Hudson and things like that that show how to handle pressure. I responded the opposite direction," Phillips told Patrick.

"I actually got a YouTube clip of funny cats and played that to them before the Oakland game. Even the tough guys on the team kind of were like, 'This is a little bit goofy.' But we had a good time with it.

"You know what, people take themselves pretty seriously in this profession, and we've got all the pressure in the world getting to the NCAA Tournament. We tried to lighten it up the most we could the whole way through."

The coach said he was pleased by his team's response.

"Even Ben Woodside, who's kind of a tougher guy, a man's man, I caught him kind of shaking his head laughing," Phillips said to Patrick.

Incidentally, Woodside hit the game-winning jumper with 6 seconds left to complete the Bison's 11-point comeback.

I'm guessing Woodside wasn't feeling any pressure. How could you with kittens still dancing in your head?


killabees 13 years, 5 months ago

Any video featuring John Parr's hit 1985 single "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" is a winner in my book.

Kudo's to NDSU for finding a video with such an inspiring song!

d_prowess 13 years, 5 months ago

This was brilliant! With so many coaches consistently saying that they would rather have their teams play loose than tight, this type of things makes the most sense. Why on earth would some coach show a video of the plane landing in the hudson or some other serious type of video when might just increase the level of seriousness that the game they are about to play is? Make them laugh and they can get loose without losing their focus once the ball is tipped. Great stuff...

Eric Sorrentino 13 years, 5 months ago

haha, the song totally makes this video...nice call by coach Phillips.

Code_2008 13 years, 5 months ago

I loved the cat and the fan... priceless!

indijayhawk 13 years, 5 months ago

can some one help me in finding last years final four games online?

Dirk Medema 13 years, 5 months ago

Jesse - Any info on when cbs will release their schedule of games to be broadcast, and what regions of the country they'll be shown in? This is the one real down side to this time of year, dealing with the cbs BS - as if the mizzoo pummeling fiasco wasn't bad enough.

DrPepper 13 years, 5 months ago

The baby at 40seconds looks a lot like Cole.

d_prowess 13 years, 5 months ago

indijayhawk, NCAA sports as just set up a website that will allow people to purchase DVD copies of any NCAA tournament game that they have. The site is actually pretty amazing, although some games are on backorder as I think they have just started production. Here is the link for anyone that wants to buy copies of every tournament game from last year's run!

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