As No. 8 North Dakota with its 7 NCAA titles and busloads of fans descends upon the Qwest Center this weekend, "Omaha's Team" sits on the brink of something big.
When Ryan Massa suited up to start in net for UNO's exhibition against the U.S. Under-18 Team, the consequences may not have been clear. According to NCAA rules, any student-athlete past freshman year surrenders his or her redshirt for participation in an exhibition game.
Thus, Massa's time between the pipes just weeks after rejoining the program means he is now officially using his second year of college eligibility.
UNO's troubles with Bemidji St. in 2011 might have been considered somewhat of an anomaly. After all, the Beavers had only nine conference wins all of last season, and five of those came against the Mavs.