Now in its second season, “Inside The Summit League” is hosted by Tom Nieman. Visit thesummitleague.org/itsl to view the list of channels and times or to watch online. This week’s show includes highlights of men’s and women’s basketball action, an interview with IUPUI’s head women’s basketball coach Austin Parkinson and the campus spotlight on IUPUI.
The 2014 baseball season begins this weekend with three teams in action … Fort Wayne starts a four-game set at Alabama A&M Friday, while South Dakota State faces Jackson State and Texas Southern in the JSU Tournament this weekend … Omaha travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to face Purdue and Tennessee in four games which now begins on Saturday due to weather issues.
Basketball / Women’s
The Summit League men’s and women’s basketball continues this weekend … The men’s and women’s weekly notebooks and the men’s and women’s resource pages supply all the necessary league info to follow the season … George Hill (IUPUI ’09) scored a career-high 38 points, including sinking the game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, to lead the Indiana Pacers past Portland in overtime last Friday (Feb. 7). Hill and the Pacers sit atop the Eastern Conference standings at the NBA All-Star break … Nate Wolters (South Dakota State ’13) made his seventh consecutive start for the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday (Feb. 12) and has 14 starts as a rookie.
All seven league teams are competing with six teams in non-league tournaments … Highlighting this weekend’s schedule are games against four teams ranked in the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball top-25 polls and three games vs. opponents receiving votes in one or both polls ... North Dakota State will face No. 13/12 Florida State three times at the Florida State Renegade Classic this weekend … At the Texas Classic, Fort Wayne takes on No. 15/16 Texas on Friday and No. 7/9 Kentucky on Saturday … South Dakota is set to play San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton who are receiving votes, while Omaha and Western play Auburn, also receiving votes.
All seven league teams are idle this weekend as they prepare for the 2014 Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships, which begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis … Summit Leaguers still have a combined nine NCAA top-30 individual and relay times, including three in the top-10 … Denver’s Dylan Bunch ranks fifth in the nation in the men’s 1,650 free (14:54.60) and ninth in the 1,000 free (9:06.26), while Sam Corea is 10th in the women’s 200 back (1:53.78).
Tennis / Women’s
Denver ascended in the latest ITA rankings released Tuesday (Feb. 11), with the Pioneer women up four spots to No. 50 .... Individually, the men’s team received singles and doubles recognition with Henry Craig moving up three spots to No. 83 and the doubles teams of Craig and Diogo Rocha entering the rankings at No. 32 and the tandem of Rocha and Aidan Talcott at No. 52.
Track & Field
Two Summit League women’s teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA Top-15 Regional rankings, North Dakota State is ranked seventh and South Dakota is 11th in the Midwest Region … As a league, the women are ranked 13th in the USTFCCCA Conference Index rankings … All seven teams are in action this weekend … Five teams, North Dakota State, Omaha , South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois will be competing at the Iowa State Classic … On Saturday, North Dakota State hosts the Bison Open where South Dakota State will also be competing ... Summit Leaguers have combined for eight NCAA top-30 times/marks, including four top-10 performances … South Dakota’s Megan Glisar is tied for third in the high jump (6’0.5”/1.84m) … Also for the Coyotes Emily Grove is tied for fourth in the pole vault (14’3.25”/4.35m), while teammate Bethany (Buell) Firsick is tied for seventh (14’17.5”/4.31m) … On the men’s side, North Dakota State’s Andy Lillejord is sixth in the nation in the heptathlon (5,628 points).
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