#SummitMBB Season Tip-Off Notebook (Nov. 12)

#SummitMBB Season Tip-Off Notebook (Nov. 12)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Friday, November 14
    Indiana State at IUPUI    7 p.m.
    +North Dakota State at Texas     7 p.m. (Longhorn Network/ESPN3)
    South Dakota at Utah Valley    7 p.m.
    Manchester at Fort Wayne    7 p.m.
    South Dakota State at Buffalo    7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Pacific at Western Illinois    7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15
    Tulsa at Oral Roberts    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sunday, Nov. 16
    IUPUI at Purdue    3 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
    South Dakota at Stanford     3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
    Central Arkansas at Omaha    4 p.m.
    Idaho State at Denver     4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17
    + North Dakota State at Iowa    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Western Illinois at Illinois-Chicago    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    South Dakota State at Idaho    7 p.m.
    Fort Wayne at SIUE    7 p.m.

All times local

KEY
+ 2k Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project


EXHIBITION RESULTS

Thursday, Oct. 30
    South Dakota State 76, South Dakota Mines 54

Monday, November 3
    Oral Roberts 75, East Central 68

Tuesday, Nov, 4     
    South Dakota State 79, Dakota Wesleyan 72              
Wednesday, Nov. 5
    IUPUI 80, IU-South Bend 60
    North Dakota State 81, Minot State 69

Saturday, Nov. 8
    Western Illinois 82, Cornell College 48
    Oral Roberts 78, Rogers State 60

Sunday, Nov. 9
    Fort Wayne 110, Olivet 79


PRESEASON POLLING
Selected in voting by coaches, SIDs and media

Rank    School (1st-place votes)    Pts.
    1.    Fort Wayne (13)    450
    2.    Denver (12)    437
    3.    Oral Roberts    400
    4.    South Dakota State (1)    345
    5.    North Dakota State (4)    313
    6.    Omaha    245
    7.    Western Illinois    151
    8.    South Dakota    148
    9.    IUPUI    75

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Brett Olson (G), Denver
FIRST TEAM
    Lawrence Alexander (G), North Dakota State
    Garret Covington (G), Western Illinois
    Obi Emegano (G), Oral Roberts
    Steve Forbes (F), Fort Wayne
    Cody Larson (F), South Dakota State
    Brett Olson (G), Denver
SECOND TEAM
    Korey Billbury (G), Oral Roberts
    Brandon Bos (G), South Dakota
    Kory Brown (G), North Dakota State
    CJ Carter (G),Omaha
    Mo Evans (G), Fort Wayne


.559     The Summit League's winning percentage against traditional mid-major teams, 2010-11 to present

2          NBA starting guards from The Summit League in 2013-14

9          National-best RPI gain in the past five seasons (2010-14)

16        All-time best final Summit League ranking in the USA Today Sagarin Ratings (2013-14)

73.3     Percentage of Summit League preseason poll favorites that went on to win at least a share of the regular season title since 1999-2000. The 2008-09 season marked the last time the preseason favorite did not finish first

84        Summit League Men's Basketball Graduation Success Rate (GSR) released by the NCAA for the 6-year period beginning 2007, a 17% increase since the 2004-10 data period

5,208   Average session attendance at the 2014 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament, a figure that ranked 14th nationally and fourth among traditional mid-majors


POSTSEASON
The Summit League sent an all-time high four teams to the postseason in each of the past three seasons. In 2014, the league had a record three teams advance in the postseason: North Dakota State (NCAA), Fort Wayne and Omaha (CIT).

IN THE ASSOCIATION
A record 10 former Summit Leaguers were on NBA or D-League rosters last season, led by the 2008 and 2013 Summit League Players of the Year in the NBA. Former first round pick George Hill (IUPUI '08) completed his third season as a starter for the Indiana Pacers while 2013 second-rounder Nate Wolters (South Dakota State '13) started 31 games played, including seven of his first nine as a pro, for the Milwaukee Bucks before a hand injury ended his rookie campaign. When their teams played Nov. 15, both Hill and Wolters were in the starting lineup and it marked the first NBA meeting of Summit League draft picks since the 1992-93 season.

INSIDE THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Hosted by Tom Nieman, "Inside The Summit League" is a 30-minute weekly sports television magazine that includes highlights, news and features from The Summit League and its nine member institutions. 
   For listings in your area: thesummitleague.org/itsl
   To watch online: thesummitleague.org/itsl/watch

EXPONENTIAL GROWTH
The Summit League tripled its national game schedule and nearly doubled its audience reach with more than 60 games available on ESPN3 this season.

CONSTRUCTION ZONE
Four of nine Summit League men's basketball teams, plus the league tournament, will open new or drastically renovated facilities over the next few seasons:
    IUPUI    '14-15  //  Summit    '14-15  //  UNO    '15-16  //  USD    '15-16  //  NDSU   '16-17

FINAL FOUR CO-HOST
IUPUI is serving as a co-host for the 2015 Final Four, April 4/6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

WELCOME, COACH
The Summit League features five first-year head coaches, the highest total of any Division I league:
    Fort Wayne - Jon Coffman
    IUPUI - Jason Gardner
    North Dakota State - David Richman
    South Dakota - Craig Smith
    Western Illinois - Billy Wright

CRADLE OF COACHES
Four Division I coaches played in The Summit League while it was known as the Mid-Continent Conference:
    Tony Bennett, Virginia (Green Bay)
    Bryce Drew, Valparaiso (Valparaiso)
    Greg McDermott, Creighton (UNI)
    Jim Les, UC Davis (Cleveland State)

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The Summit League features the NCAA's most unique collection of one-of-a-kind nicknames among its member institutions. Within U.S. college athletics, three names are exclusively held by Summit League schools: Mastodons (Fort Wayne), Jackrabbits (South Dakota State) and Leathernecks (Western Illinois). In addition, the name Coyotes (South Dakota) is unique to NCAA Division I.