#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (March 6/Tournament Edition)

#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (March 6/Tournament Edition)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 7

Quarter

G1: (1) South Dakota State vs. (8) Western Illinois

7 p.m. / 6 p.m.

Midco Sports Network

ESPN3

Quarter

G2: (2) North Dakota State vs. (7) Denver

9:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.

Midco Sports Network

ESPN3

  Sunday, March 8

Quarter

G3: (4) Fort Wayne vs. (5) South Dakota

7 p.m. / 6 p.m.

Midco Sports Network

ESPN3

Quarter

G4: (3) Oral Roberts vs. (6) IUPUI

9:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.

Midco Sports Network

ESPN3

Monday, March 9

Semi

G5: G1 Winner (1/8) vs. G3 Winner (4/5)

7 p.m. / 6 p.m.

Midco Sports Network

ESPN3

Semi

G6: G2 Winner (2/7) vs. G4 Winner (3/6)

9:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.

Midco Sports Network

ESPN3

Tuesday, March 10

Champ

G7: G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner

9 p.m / 8 p.m.

ESPN2

WatchESPN

All times listed as Easter/local


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wednesday, Feb. 25
* Denver 66, South Dakota 48

Thursday, Feb. 26
* Omaha 73, Fort Wayne 67
* IUPUI 71, Western Illinois 66
* Oral Roberts 74, North Dakota State 58

Saturday, Feb. 28
* Omaha 87, IUPUI 80 (2OT)
* South Dakota 80, South Dakota State 64
* Fort Wayne 84, Western Illinois 64
* Oral Roberts 60, Denver 57

Tuesday, March 3
Omaha 80, North Dakota 78

* League game


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts
29.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 apg, 64.5% FG, career-high 34 points, 8 rebounds vs. NDSU (2/26)


2014-15 AWARDS AND ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Lawrence Alexander (G), North Dakota State
Newcomer of the Year
    Deondre Parks, South Dakota State
Sixth Man of the Year
    Dexter Werner, North Dakota State
Defensive Player of the Year
    Cody Larson, South Dakota State
Coach of the Year
    David Richman, North Dakota State

FIRST TEAM ALL-SUMMIT
Lawrence Alexander (G),     North Dakota State; Obi Emegano (G), Oral Roberts;
Steve Forbes (F), Fort Wayne; Cody Larson (F), South Dakota State;
Tyler Larson (G), South Dakota; Deondre Parks (G), South Dakota State

SECOND TEAM ALL-SUMMIT
Korey Billbury (G), Oral Roberts; CJ Carter (G), Omaha; Garret Covington (G), Western Illinois; George Marshall (G), South Dakota State; Brett Olson (G), Denver

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-SUMMIT
Marcellus Barksdale (G), IUPUI; Jake Bittle (G), South Dakota State;
Joe Edwards (G), Fort Wayne; A.J. Jacobson (G/F), North Dakota State;
Mike Rostampour (F), Omaha

ALL-NEWCOMER
Tre Burnette (G), South Dakota; A.J. Jacobson (G/F), North Dakota State;
Max Landis (G), Fort Wayne; George Marshall (G), South Dakota State;
Deondre Parks (G), South Dakota State


TOURNAMENT NOTES
The 2015 Summit League Tournament debuts in the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center after six record-breaking years in the Sioux Falls Arena ... Over 8,500 fans are expected to attend Saturday's opening session, which will eclipse the tournament's quarterfinal attendance record and threaten the all-time mark (9,247) for any session ... Several upper levels seating sections have been opened for Saturday based on demand and may be on subsequent days as ticket demand warrants ... For the first time, all games at The Summit League Basketball Championships can be viewed live across multiple platforms ranging from cable television to handheld devices thanks to Midco Sports Network and the ESPN Family of Networks ... The top seed has won eight of the last nine tournaments and reached the championship game in 20 of the last 21 tournaments ... South Dakota State is looking for its third championship in four years ... North Dakota State is aiming to become the third-straight team to win championships in consecutive seasons ... Oral Roberts is a top-three seed for the 11th time in its last 12 Summit League Tournament appearances ... South Dakota equaled its highest tournament seed in history ... IUPUI's seed is its highest since 2011 ... Fans attending the tournament will be treated to new amenities such as The Summit Lounge and The Summit Selfie station, which will include appearances from school mascots.


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

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       Current (3/6) Summit League position in RPIRatings.com league rankings

25       North Dakota State's current home win streak, tied for fifth-best among active NCAA streaks

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


CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Brandon Bos, South Dakota
Chris Kading, North Dakota State

#MARCH2THESUMMIT
"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.

FOOD FIGHT
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:
       March 7-10    Summit League Tournament

NATIONAL AWARD WATCH

• Khufu Najee, IUPUI
Senior CLASS Award
FINALIST

• Lawrence Alexander, N. Dakota St.
Lou Henson Award (Mid-Major POY)
Watch List

THIS AND THAT
Fort Wayne has had six different players score 20+ points in a game this season, tying for second most in Division I and just one behind the lead ... The Summit League's five first-year head coaches is the highest total in Division I ... 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.

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

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