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ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State will enter The Summit League Men's Basketball Championship as the top seed for the second time in school history while looking for its third tournament title in four years. Eight teams begin play at the tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday, March 7 and will determine The Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in the championship game on Tuesday, March 10.
The Jackrabbits (21-9, 12-4 Summit League) earned their second Summit League regular season title since joining the league and currently hold a league-best No. 22 ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. SDSU will meet No. 8 seed Western Illinois (8-19, 3-13) Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. CT (Midco Sports Network / ESPN3) in the first men's tournament game held in the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
No. 2 seed and defending tournament champion North Dakota State (20-9, 12-4) plays Saturday's second game, matching up against No. 7 Denver (12-17, 6-10) at 8:30 p.m. CT (MidcoSN / ESPN3).
Sunday's quarterfinals session begins with No. 4 Fort Wayne (16-13, 9-7) against No. 5 seed South Dakota (16-15, 9-7) at 6 p.m. followed by the session nitecap matching No. 3 seed Oral Roberts (17-13, 10-6) and No. 6 seed IUPUI (10-20, 6-10) at 8:30 p.m. Both games air on MidcoSN / ESPN3.
Monday's semifinals begin with the winner of No. 1 vs 8 game against the winner of the No. 4 vs. 5 game at 6 p.m. followed by the winners of the 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 games at 8:30 p.m. Both semifinals will air on MidcoSN / ESPN3.
Tuesday's championship game is set for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and available on WatchESPN.com.
After six record-breaking seasons in Sioux Falls, the 2015 Summit League Tournament moves from the iconic Sioux Falls Arena into the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
For the first time, all men's and women's games at The Summit League Basketball Championships can be viewed live across multiple platforms ranging from cable television to handheld devices. The coverage by Midco Sports Network and ESPN platforms marks the sixth consecutive season that both the men's and women's tournaments are available nationwide in their entirety.
All men's quarterfinal and semifinal games will be produced and televised by Midco Sports Network for the sixth consecutive season and the feed will extend beyond its footprint via ESPN3. The Summit League Men's Basketball Championship game has appeared on ESPN or ESPN2 each of the last 21 years.
Tickets for the 2015 Summit League Basketball Tournament can be purchased at all TicketMaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Box Office.
For complete information on this year's tournament, visit The Summit League's championships website at www.thesummitleague.org/march2thesummit.
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After six record-setting seasons at the Sioux Falls Arena, The Summit League Basketball Championships enter a new era in the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center this March. Eight men's and eight women's teams will vie for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, March 7-10 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The March to The Summit can be seen in its entirety across ESPN platforms found at www.thesummitleague.org/espn. For complete tournament information, visit www.thesummitleague.org/march2thesummit or download the free mobile app, powered by Yellow Jacket Irrigation & Landscaping, for iOS and Android devices at the Apple Store or on Google Play.