THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Tabor at Oral Roberts 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
* Omaha at South Dakota State 7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29
* Denver at North Dakota State 7 p.m.
* Fort Wayne at South Dakota 7 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
Friday, Jan. 30
* IUPUI at Western Illinois 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31
* Fort Wayne at Omaha 1 p.m.
* Denver at South Dakota State 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
* Oral Roberts at South Dakota 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1
* North Dakota State at Western Illinois 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5
* South Dakota State at Fort Wayne 7 p.m.
* Oral Roberts at IUPUI 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Omaha at North Dakota State 7 p.m.
* Western Illinois at South Dakota 7 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
Saturday, Feb. 7
* South Dakota State at IUPUI 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
* South Dakota at North Dakota State 1 p.m.
* Omaha at Denver 4 p.m.
* Oral Roberts at Fort Wayne 7 p.m.
* Summit League game
All times local
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wednesday, Jan. 21
* South Dakota State 82, Fort Wayne 53
* Denver 73, Oral Roberts 66
Thursday, Jan. 22
* North Dakota State 69, IUPUI 61 (OT)
* South Dakota 68, Western Illinois 58
Saturday, Jan. 24
* IUPUI 65, South Dakota 50
* Omaha 80, Denver 69
* Fort Wayne 77, North Dakota State 71
* South Dakota State 76, Oral Roberts 72
* League game
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cody Larson, South Dakota State
19.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 51.9% FG, 78.6% FT, career-high 27 points & 12 reb. at ORU (1/24)
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
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
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
3 NBA Draft picks produced by The Summit League since 2008
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)
20 North Dakota State's current home win streak, tied for seventh-best all-time in The Summit League presently eighth in active NCAA streaks
21 Current (1/27) Summit League position in RPIRatings.com league rankings
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
144 Total number of Summit League games in 2015, beginning Jan. 2, during the March to The Summit
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
"March to The Summit" was unveiled as the 2015 Summit League Basketball Championships slogan. The slogan is also incorporated into the official tournament website portal and as a Twitter hashtag. Since Jan. 21, all 18 Summit League men's and women's basketball teams have been wearing "March to The Summit" shirts in their colors prior to games through the remainder of the season.
Full tournament information can be accessed by using the following url:
summitleague.org/March2TheSummit. Followers of The Summit League's official Twitter sites – @thesummitleague, @summithoops, and @summitchamps – are encouraged to use the hashtag #March2TheSummit.
he Summit League's Food Fight is in its seventh season and each institution has again designated a home game to collect food and/or cash donations. During the first six years, over 139,000 tons was raised. South Dakota State is the two-time defending champion for annual collections. The event will extend to The Summit League Tournament for the fifth-straight year. Upcoming games include:
Feb. 7 North Dakota State (vs. South Dakota)
Feb. 12 Denver (vs. South Dakota State)
Feb. 14 South Dakota State (vs. North Dakota State)
NATIONAL AWARD WATCH
• Khufu Najee, IUPUI
Senior CLASS Award
• Lawrence Alexander, N. Dakota St.
Lou Henson Award (Mid-Major POY)
THIS AND THAT
Two Denver players, Nate Engesser (4th at .448) and Brett Olson (9th at .439), rank among the NCAA's top-10 active career leaders in three-point field goal percentage ... IUPUI head coach Jason Gardner was the 2002-03 Naismith National Player of the Year while at Arizona ... Omaha's CJ Carter scored 45 points Jan. 18 vs. IUPUI, the NCAA's second-highest season total and fourth-most of any intraleague game in Summit history ... Oral Roberts' 6'7" forward Denell Henderson also competes in rodeo.
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
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
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.
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
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