#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Dec. 9)

#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Dec. 9)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Dec. 9
    IUPUI at Xavier    7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
    South Dakota State at Saint Louis    7 p.m. (FS Midwest/FS North)
    South Dakota at Creighton    8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)     

Wednesday, Dec. 10
    23/24 Northern Iowa at Denver    7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 11
    Michigan-Dearborn at Fort Wayne    7 p.m.
    Idaho at Western Illinois    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13
    Eastern Kentucky at IUPUI    1 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Omaha at Kansas City    2 p.m. (American Sports Network)
    Idaho at South Dakota State    4 p.m.
    Denver at Stanford    3 p.m. (Pac-12 Bay Area)
    @ UNLV vs. South Dakota    7 p.m. (ESPN3 / MidcoSN)
    North Dakota at North Dakota State    7 p.m.
    New Mexico State at Oral Roberts    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Alabama State at Western Illinois    7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 15
    ^ IUPUI at Howard    6 p.m.

All times local

@ at Sioux Falls, S.D.
^ Gotham Classic


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tuesday, Dec. 2
    Kansas State 84, Omaha 66
    Wyoming 68, Denver 42
    South Dakota 68, Cal State Northridge 65

Wednesday, Dec. 3
    Fort Wayne 87, Stetson 76
    South Dakota State 89, Wayne State (Neb.) 55
    Southern Mississippi 78, North Dakota State 65

Thursday, Dec. 4
    Akron 73, Western Illinois 49

Friday, Dec. 5
    Youngstown State 87, South Dakota 79

Saturday, Dec. 6
    South Dakota State 81, Kansas City 61
    Denver 64, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 48
    Evansville 89, IUPUI 62
    Fort Wayne 86, Miami (Ohio) 78

Sunday, Dec. 7
    Cleveland State 76, Western Illinois 54
    Missouri State at Oral Roberts, ccld.
    Montana 69, North Dakota State 57

Monday, Dec. 8
    Purdue 63, Fort Wayne 43
    Air Force 77, Omaha 61


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne
    23.5 ppg,10.0 rpg, .700 FG%, 19-24 FT, consecutive career-high point totals and double-doubles in wins


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


.550     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.

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM
• The Summit had its third consecutive top-20 RPI finish (RPIRankings.com)
• Three straight top-20 finishes is the longest streak in Summit history

MODEL OF EFFICIENCY
• Finished among nation's top 4 in 5 KenPom.com stat categories
• 1st in FT% (74.9), 3rd in Effective FG% (52.2) & 2-pt FG% (50.8), 4th in 3FG% (36.7) and Efficiency (107.5)
• Summit was No. 1 in Efficiency, Effective FG%, 2P% & 3P% in '12 & '13

NOTABLE NAMES FROM SUMMIT LEAGUE BASKETBALL
• Dick Bennett: Former head coach at Green Bay, Wisconsin & Washington State
• Tony Bennett: Former NBA player & current Virginia head coach
• Keith Benson: Mid-Major Player of the Year & NBA Draft pick
• Bryce Drew: "The Shot", former NBA player & current Valparaiso head coach
• Homer Drew: Legendary head coach at Valparaiso & former Director of Athletics
• Kevin Duckworth: 11-year NBA center & two-time all-star selection
• Winston Garland: Seven-year NBA point guard for five different teams
• Jim Les: 7-year NBA sharpshooter, former Bradley & current UC Davis head coach
• Ken "Mouse" McFadden: All-America guard led Cleveland State to Sweet 16
• Charlie Spoonhour: Colorful former head coach at Missouri State, Saint Louis & UNLV