2013 SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SHATTERS ATTENDANCE RECORDS
The Summit League Basketball Championships continued to add to its reputation as one of the nation's best mid-major tournament environments by shattering several attendance records at the March 9-12 event in Sioux Falls, S.D. New Attendance records set during the 2013 Summit League Championships included:
• Total (men's and women's): 44,868 (previously 40,269 in 2012)
• Men's Tournament: 23,710 (previously 23,073 in 1987)
• Women's Tournament: 21,158 (previously 17,867 in 2012)
• Women's Championship: 6,153 (previously 5,580 in 2009)
• Over 2,500 all-session tickets for 2014 sold in the initial five days after March 8 launch
NCAA STATISTICAL CHAMPIONS
For the first time in Summit League history, the league produced a pair of NCAA statistical champions in a single season. Oakland's Travis Bader led the nation with 4.21 three-point field goals per game while teammate Duke Mondy recorded a national-best 3.03 steals per contest. The duo became the league's sixth and seventh NCAA statistical champions. North Dakota State's Marshall Bjorklund nearly made it a "hat trick" for 2012-13, finishing second in field goal percentage (66.7). Both South Dakota State's Nate Wolters (fourth at 22.3 ppg) and Bader (fifth at 22.1 ppg) were among the NCAA's top-five scoring leaders.
HISTORIC ALL-AMERICA HONORS
South Dakota State's Nate Wolters earned a trio of third team All-America honors, collecting the accolade from the Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Basketball Times. It marked the highest AP and NABC selection for a Summit League player and equaled the best from the Basketball Times.
RANK AND FILE
The Summit League finished No. 19 in the RPI (rpiratings.com), marking the second-consecutive top-20 finish. South Dakota State (70) and North Dakota State (88) gave the league a pair of top-100 teams for the second-straight year and the third time in the past four seasons.
South Dakota State spent the entire season ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25, finishing at No. 18 in the final poll. North Dakota State and Western Illinois also received votes in the final Mid-Major Top 25. Of the 20 weekly polls released by CollegeInsider.com, 15 saw at least three Summit League teams receive votes, including 14 that featured multiple ranked teams. For seven consecutive weeks from Jan. 7 through Feb. 18, three Summit League teams (South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Western Illinois) appeared in the top 25 rankings. In addition, Denver, which joins the league in 2013-14, finished No. 16 in the final Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
Oakland's Travis Bader and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters were among 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, presented annually to the top mid-major player in college basketball. The duo ranked 1-2 in the NCAA for single-game scoring performances this season after Wolters poured in 53 at Fort Wayne on Feb. 7 and Bader tallied 47 vs. IUPUI on Jan. 24. Each received the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week following their respective scoring outbursts.
South Dakota State will enter 2013-14 owning the nation's longest home court win streak with 30 consecutive victories. The Jackrabbits set a Summit League record earlier this season by surpassing the previous mark of 27 (Cleveland State, 1984-85 to 1986-87) and have won 20 consecutive league home games, tying the league mark held by Oakland (2009-11).
South Dakota State's Nate Wolters became the first player this century and only the third since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic (1983-84) to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. In 2011-12, he averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game and missed a 20-6-5 average by just one assist.
NCAA players who have averaged 20 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds in a season:
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2012-13 22.7 ppg 5.8 apg 5.6 rpg
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2011-12 21.2 ppg 5.9 apg 5.1 rpg
Norris Cole (Cleveland State), 2010-11 21.7 ppg 5.3 apg 5.8 rpg
Evan Turner (Ohio State), 2009-10 20.4 ppg 6.0 apg 9.2 rpg
Ricky Minard (Morehead State), 2003-04 21.8 ppg 5.1 apg 7.3 rpg
Speedy Claxton (Hofstra), 1999-2000 22.8 ppg 6.0 apg 5.4 rpg
Charles Jones (Long island), 1997-98 29.0 ppg 7.4 apg 5.2 rpg
Anfernee Hardaway (Memphis), 1992-93 22.8 ppg 6.4 apg 8.5 rpg
Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech), 1990-91 25.9 ppg 5.5 apg 5.7 rpg
Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech), 1989-90 20.6 ppg 8.1 apg 5.5 rpg
Michael Anderson (Drexel), 1987-88 23.9 ppg 7.0 apg 6.0 rpg
Michael Anderson (Drexel), 1986-87 20.1 ppg 5.9 apg 6.1 rpg
South Dakota State's Nate Wolters became just the fourth NCAA Division I player to reach 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 600 assists in his career. Only six players have reached 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in a career and of that elite group, Wolters scored the most career points.
NCAA players who have achieved 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in a career:
Michael Anderson (Drexel), 1984-88 2,208 pts. 689 reb. 724 ast.
Danny Ferry (Duke), 1985-89 2,155 pts. 1,003 reb. 506 ast.
Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), 2006-10 2,171 pts. 647 reb. 772 ast
Talor Battle (Penn State), 2007-11 2,213 pts. 625 reb. 517 ast.
D.J. Cooper (Ohio), 2009-13 2,075 pts. 621 reb. 934 ast.
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), 2009-13 2,363 pts. 602 reb. 669 ast.
When Nate Wolters led South Dakota State to victory in The Summit League Championship Game, he compiled a stat line rarely seen in the postseason. Wolters scored 27 points and recorded six rebounds, six assists and four steals in his MVP performance. That line has been achieved only three times previously in a Division I conference tournament game since the turn of the century. Only one other player in the last 15 years has had as many as 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a conference championship game (Dashaun Wood of Wright State in 2007).
South Dakota State's Nate Wolters scored an NCAA season-best 53 points, a school-record and the most ever in a Summit League regulation game, on Feb. 7. His performance topped the previous NCAA season-high by Oakland's Travis Bader set two weeks prior. Both Wolters and Bader received National Player of the Week from ESPN's Dick Vitale and Capital One Impact Performance of the Week accolades for their efforts. Both players were among the 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award (nation's top Mid-Major player).
Oakland's Travis Bader was part of a pair of impressive three-point streaks. He owns the longest active streak in NCAA Division I for games with at least one made three-pointer (52). Oakland has made a three-pointer in 769 consecutive games dating back to 1987-88. The Golden Grizzlies' streak ranks seventh in the nation behind UNLV, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Duke, Western Kentucky and Arkansas.
Three Summit League men's basketball student-athletes were selected as Capital One Academic All-District honorees: Brayden Carlson, South Dakota State (District 6), 3.92 GPA in economics; Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State (District 6), 3.68 GPA in biology/pre-dentistry; and John Karhoff, Omaha (District 7), 3.64 GPA in journalism.
South Dakota State's Nate Wolters collected a trio of third team All-America honors and represented The Summit League on three prestigious national award lists. The senior made the midseason Top 25 list for the John Wooden Award and was among 20 finalists for the Naismith Trophy. He also was one of 30 national candidates on the men's basketball Senior CLASS Award list, honoring student-athletes who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
The Summit League featured two of the NCAA's top marksmen, ending the season with the No. 2 active career leaders in three-point field goal percentage and field goal percentage. South Dakota State's Jordan Dykstra ranked second among active players with a .464 career three-point percentage while North Dakota State's Marshall Bjorklund was second among active players on the career field goal percentage list at .667. SDSU's Nate Wolters ranked among the top five active leaders in seven categories: first in free throws made (644) and assist-turnover ratio (2.38), second in points (2,342) and free throws attempted (803), third in field goals attempted (1,702) and field goals made (770) and fifth in assists (662). Oakland's Travis Bader ranked third in three-point field goals per game (3.42), and fourth in both three-point field goals made (352) and three-point field goals attempted (875).
MODEL OF EFFICIENCY
For the second straight year, The Summit League held the top spot in four statistical categories according to the KenPom.com rankings for league games. Below is a comparison of the 2012-13 KenPom ranks with last year's final statistics:
Efficiency 106.0 (107.3 in '11-12) 1st
3P% 37.4 (37.9 in '11-12) 1st
Effective FG% 53.1 (52.9 in '11-12) 1st
2P% 51.5 (51.1 in '11-12) 1st
A new floor and court design debuted at the 2013 Summit League Basketball Championships. The court features The Summit League logo stained at center court with the words "Sioux Falls" at each baseline. The court will be used at next year's tournament at the Sioux Falls Arena and transition to the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the 2015 event.
A WINNING TOURNAMENT
The Summit League extended its contract with Sioux Falls, S.D., during the fall and will continue its Basketball Championships there through 2017 with an option for another five years thereafter. During that time, Sioux Falls will become the longest consecutive single-site location in league history (six years). In 2015, The Summit League Basketball Championships will move into the city's brand-new 12,000-seat Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. In its initial four years in South Dakota's largest city, The Summit League's marquee event has been ultra-successful. Below is a snapshot of the record-breaking figures.
• The Summit League's top-five all-time total attendance figures (men's and women's) have been achieved in the four seasons in Sioux Falls (2009-13)
• 2013 overall attendance (men's and women's) and men's total attendance were new records
• 2013 men's championship game attendance was fourth-best and highest in nearly two decades
• The Summit League ranked No. 12 nationally, fourth among traditional mid-majors, for overall men's tournament attendance in 2012
THE 500 CLUB
Oakland's Greg Kampe joined the exclusive "500 Club" this season, becoming the 21st active Division I coach to reach 500 career victories. Kampe, the dean of Summit League coaches in his 29th season, is just the fifth active coach to win 500 games at one school (Mike Krzyzewski, Duke; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Rick Byrd, Belmont; Dave Bike, Sacred Heart).
ON THE MONEY
Forbes compiled a January 2013 list ranking the best college basketball coaches for the money. The lists, broken into "High-Major" and "Mid-Major" categories, were based off the coaches "cost-per-win" and calculated by dividing the total number of wins against Division I opponents during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons by their respective schools basketball budget for each year. South Dakota State's Scott Nagy earned the No. 1 spot as "best coach for the money" in the Mid-Major rankings while Oakland's Greg Kampe was No. 17.
CRADLE OF COACHES
Four former Summit League men's basketball standouts serve as Division I head coaches: Tony Bennett (Virginia), Bryce Drew (Valparaiso), Jim Les (UC Davis) and Greg McDermott (Creighton). The quartet, who all played when the league was known as the Mid-Continent Conference, ended the 2012-13 season with a combined 91-45 (.669) record. Both Drew and McDermott coached in the NCAA Tournament.
DENVER BECOMES NEWEST SUMMIT LEAGUE MEMBER
The University of Denver accepted an invitation to become The Summit League's newest member institution, the university and league announced on Nov. 27. Denver will join The Summit League during the 2013-14 academic year after its membership takes effect on July 1, 2013. The Pioneers, who compete in men's and women's basketball, golf, soccer, swimming and diving and tennis, and women's volleyball, will be immediately eligible for all Summit League Championships during the 2013-14 season. Denver's men's basketball team was WAC regular season co-champions and earned a berth in the NIT.
RECORD-SETTING NATIONAL EXPOSURE
The Summit League's list of 2012-13 men's basketball broadcasts marked the largest offering in league history. At least 40 games appeared on national television with dozens more available via Internet, regional television and satellite packages. A landmark agreement with Fox College Sports provided 26 Summit League match-ups to a national cable audience buoyed the television offerings, which included:
• All 14 men's and women's tournament games nationally-televised for the second
• The ESPN Family of Networks aired both championship games with the women's on ESPNU and the men's title game on ESPN2.
• ESPN2 televised two Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters games with North Dakota State at Akron on Feb. 22 and South Dakota State at Murray State on Feb. 23, making The Summit League the only conference with nationally-televised prime time games on consecutive nights.
• ESPNU televised four additional prime time games with appearances by South Dakota State (at Alabama), IUPUI (at Michigan), Fort Wayne (at Notre Dame) and Oakland (at West Virginia).
South Dakota State University claimed The Summit League's 2012-13 "Food Fight' title by raising over 22,500 pounds of food this season. The Summit League designated 18 "Food Fight" games during the basketball season and collected donations at the basketball championships with the nine league member institutions combining to raise over 65,680 lbs. SDSU's total was donated to the Brookings Area Food Pantry.
ICONIC SUMMIT LEAGUE UPSET AMONG NCAA'S ALL-TIME MADNESS MOMENTS
Bryce Drew's 1998 game-winning shot as time expired that lifted Valparaiso to a first round upset of Mississippi has been selected as one of 35 All-Time Madness Moments by the NCAA. Fans can vote for the iconic Summit League upset to help determine the top moment in the 75 Years of March Madness.
THE ASSOCIATION AND D-LEAGUE
Three of the past four Summit League Players of the Year spent time playing in the NBA or D-League this season. George Hill (IUPUI), the 2008 Player of the Year, was a key member of the Indiana Pacers in his fifth NBA season. Hill started his NBA career as a first-round draft choice of the San Antonio Spurs in 2008, where he spent his first three years. Keith Benson (Oakland), the 2010 and 2011 Player of the Year and former second round pick, played for the D-League's Erie BayHawks while Dominique Morrison (Oral Roberts), the 2012 Player of the Year, was with the Iowa Energy. Both Benson and Morrison were on NBA training camp rosters. Rounding out The Summit League's D-League contingent are Reggie Hamilton (Oakland/Kansas City, 2007-12) of the Idaho Stampede, Fred House (Southern Utah, 1999-2001) of the Texas Legends and Ron Howard (Valparaiso, 2003-06) of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Historically speaking, The Summit League has produced several NBA players in its history ...
• A trio of former Summit Leaguers competed in the NBA during 2011-12 including: Benson (Warriors), Hill (Pacers) and Larry Owens (Nets)
• The league's most notable player was Kevin Duckworth, who was a two-time All-Star (1989, 1991) and the NBA's Most Improved Player (1988), during his 11-season career
THE NAME GAME
In three decades of Division I basketball, The Summit League has produced several recognizable names through its history. Among them are ...
• Dick Bennett: Successful head coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin and Washington State
• Tony Bennett: Academic All-American of the Year, former NBA player, current Virginia head coach
• Bryce Drew: Synonymous with "The Shot" in the 1998 NCAA Tournament, former NBA player and current Valparaiso head coach
• Homer Drew: Legendary head coach at Valparaiso and former Director of Athletics
• Kevin Duckworth: 11-year NBA center and two-time all-star selection
• Winston Garland: Seven-year NBA point guard for five different teams
• Jim Les: Seven-year NBA sharpshooter, former Bradley head coach and current UC Davis head coach
• Ken "Mouse" McFadden: All-America guard led "Cinderella" Cleveland State to Sweet 16 in 1986
• Charlie Spoonhour: Colorful former head coach at Missouri State, Saint Louis and UNLV
Tony Bennett, Bryce and Homer Drew, and Kevin Duckworth joined Keith Benson, Caleb Green and George Hill on The Summit League's list of Top 30 Distinguished Contributors as selected during the 30th Anniversary season in 2011-12.
The 2013 NCAA Tournament marks the 15th anniversary of The Summit League's most iconic moment and one of the most famous in history. Valparaiso's Bryce Drew hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to upset Mississippi in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament and propel his team to a "Sweet 16" run. Since then "the shot" has been a fixture on annual tournament coverage. There have been several memorable moments in Summit League history before and since. Other notables are ...
• Cleveland State shocking Indiana in the 1986 NCAA Tournament en route to a Sweet 16 run
• Missouri State upsetting Clemson in the first round of the 1987 NCAA Tournament
• Northern Iowa eliminates Missouri on a three-pointer in final second of 1990 NCAA Tournament
• Green Bay topples Jason Kidd and Cal in the 1994 NCAA Tournament
• Oral Roberts knocks off No. 3 Kansas in an early-season upset to open the 2006-07 season
• Oakland hands No. 7 Tennessee its first loss of the 2010-11 season and wins rematch in 2011-12