ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio University athletics announced late Saturday night on its website that the school had hired North Dakota State men’s basketball head coach Saul Phillips to fill its head coaching vacancy. Phillips spent seven seasons as head coach of the Bison. He led NDSU to Summit League championships and NCAA tournament berths in 2009 and 2014. During this year’s NCAA tournament, Phillips guided 12th-seeded NDSU (26-7) to an 80-75 overtime victory against fifth-seeded Oklahoma in a Round of 64 upset. NDSU was eliminated in the next round by fourth-seeded San Diego State. Phillips posted a 133-83 record at NDSU, including a 75-45 mark in the Summit League. Phillips replaces Jim Christian at Ohio. Christian resigned earlier this month to take the head coaching job at Boston College. A Tuesday Afternoon news conference is scheduled in Athens to introduce Phllips as the new head coach.
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