#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Nov. 18)

#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Nov. 18)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Nov. 19
    IUPUI at Milwaukee    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    ! Oral Roberts at Missouri    7 p.m. (SEC Network+/WatchESPN)
    Omaha at Seattle    7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20
    Denver at St. Mary's    7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21
    Fort Wayne at Georgia Tech    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    ^ Sam Houston State vs. South Dakota    7 p.m.
    + Kennesaw State at North Dakota State    7 p.m.
    North Dakota at South Dakota State    7 p.m. (MidcoSN)
    ! Oral Roberts at Oregon State    6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22
    Ball State at IUPUI    1 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Omaha at Marquette    1:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
    ^ South Dakota vs. Wofford    4 p.m.
    + Hampton/Alcorn State at North Dakota State    7 p.m.
    Southeastern Louisiana at Western Illinois    7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23
    ^ South Dakota at Fairfield    1 p.m.
    Coppin State at Denver    1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 24
    Jacksonville at Fort Wayne    7 p.m.
    Chadron State at South Dakota State    7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25
    Western Illinois at William & Mary    7 p.m.
    IUPUI at Drake    7 p.m.
    Omaha at Nebraska    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Minnesota-Crookston at North Dakota State    7 p.m.
    ! Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Oral Roberts    6 p.m.

All times local

KEY
+ 2k Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project; ! MGM Grand Main Event (Nov. 25 at Las Vegas); ^ Fairfield Tournament (Bridgeport, Conn.)


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Friday, November 14
    Fort Wayne 74, Manchester 50
    Indiana State 79, IUPUI 66 (OT)
    +10/10 Texas 85, North Dakota State 50
    Utah Valley 60, South Dakota 52
    Buffalo 69, South Dakota State 67
    Pacific 73, Western Illinois 71 (OT)
Saturday, Nov. 15
    Oral Roberts 77, Tulsa 68
Sunday, Nov. 16
    Omaha 100, Central Arkansas 75
    Denver 54, Idaho State 38
    Purdue 77, IUPUI 57
    Stanford 83, South Dakota 74
Monday, Nov. 17
    Fort Wayne74, SIUE 71
    + NR/25 Iowa 87, North Dakota State 56
    Illinois-Chicago 67, Western Illinois 64
    Idaho 82, South Dakota State 77

+ 2k Classic benefitting Wounded Warrior Project


 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts
    26.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg,14-16 FT (.875), .455 fg%, .500 3fg%


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


.551     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. View at www.thesummitleague.org/espn

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.