#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Dec. 2)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Dec. 2
    Omaha at Kansas State    7 p.m. (FS Kansas City)
    Denver at Wyoming    7 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
    South Dakota at Cal State Northridge    7 p.m.     

Wednesday, Dec. 3
    Fort Wayne at Stetson    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Wayne State (Neb.) at South Dakota State    7 p.m.
    North Dakota State at Southern Mississippi    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4
    Western Illinois at Akron    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5
    Youngstown State at South Dakota     7 p.m.      

Saturday, Dec. 6
    Kansas City at South Dakota State    1 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Denver at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi    1 p.m.         
    IUPUI at Evansville    7 p.m.         
    Miami (Ohio) at Fort Wayne    7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7
    Western Illinois at Cleveland State    1 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Missouri State at Oral Roberts    3 p.m.(ESPN3)           
    North Dakota State at Montana    7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 8
    Fort Wayne at Purdue    7 p.m. (ESPNU/WatchESPN)         
    Omaha at Air Force    7 p.m.


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tuesday, Nov. 25
    William & Mary 83, Western Illinois 49
    Drake 73, IUPUI 60
    Nebraska 80, Omaha 67
    North Dakota State 64, Minnesota-Crookston 63
     ! Louisiana-Lafayette 76, Oral Roberts 52

Wednesday, Nov. 26
    Belmont 78, Denver 57
    ! Oral Roberts 69,Milwaukee 66
    South Dakota 86, Wayne State (Neb.) 69

Friday, Nov. 28
    Dartmouth 68, Fort Wayne 67

Saturday, Nov. 29
    Georgia State 66, IUPUI 63
    Omaha 78, Nevada 54
    Western Illinois 91, Greenville 56

Sunday, Nov. 30
    Denver 79, New Orleans 60
    @ Florida Gulf Coast 71, South Dakota State 58
    South Dakota 68, CSU Bakersfield 66
    North Dakota State 72, Montana State 51

Monday, Dec. 1
    Weber State 62, Oral Roberts 61

! MGM Grand Main Event (Las Vegas)
@ Sioux Falls, S.D.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brandon Bos, South Dakota
    21.5 ppg,13-15 FT, scored 16 of game-high 21 points in second half in comeback win at CSU Bakersfield


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


.552     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.

MILWAUKEE'S BEST
• Two Summit League teams scored upsets in Milwaukee within 72 hours
• IUPUI rallied to top defending Horizon League champ Milwaukee (Nov. 19) and Omaha surprised Marquette of the Big East (Nov. 22)
• Summit 3-0 vs. "Brew City" teams with Oral Roberts' win over Milwaukee in Las Vegas (Nov. 26)

ONCE BIT, TWICE SHY
• Summit teams lost games on last-second three-pointers twice in 4 days
• Fort Wayne (lost 67-66 to Dartmouth at buzzer, 11/28) and Oral Roberts (lost 62-61 to Weber State with four seconds left, 12/1) fell victim