ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League announced its 2015 men's basketball schedule today with each of the nine teams slated to play a 16-game double round-robin schedule beginning Friday, Jan. 2.
Along with traditional Thursday and Saturday contests, the 2015 schedule features 12 games on Wednesdays. Including the Friday-Sunday opening weekend slate, there are seven total contests on Fridays and six on Sundays.
North Dakota State begins defense of its league title with an opening-night contest against Oral Roberts, which makes its return to The Summit League. Also on opening night, tournament runner-up Fort Wayne travels to Western Illinois, South Dakota State plays at Denver and Omaha is at South Dakota.
IUPUI hosts Denver Thursday, Jan. 10, in the first Summit League game at the newly-renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum. The initial rematch of the 2014 Summit League Championship Game occurs Saturday, Jan. 24, when Fort Wayne hosts North Dakota State. The teams meet again Saturday, Feb. 21, in Fargo.
The Summit League's regular season concludes with a full slate of Feb. 28 games. Pairings for the final day of the regular season include: Denver at Oral Roberts, Omaha at Fort Wayne, Western Illinois at IUPUI and South Dakota State at South Dakota.
The 2015 Summit League Men's Basketball Championship is set for March 7-10 at the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. In 2013-14, The Summit League had three teams advance in national postseason tournaments, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament Round of 64 victory, recorded its third consecutive top-20 RPI finish, achieved an all-time high USA Today Sagarin rating, and saw a record 10 former players on NBA and D-League rosters. The Summit League Basketball Championships, called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today and among the most attended tournaments in the nation, move into the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 7-10, 2015. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops, download The Summit League's Front Row app and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.