#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (March 17/Postseason Tournament Edition)

#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (March 17/Postseason Tournament Edition)

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

NCAA TOURNAMENT
(South Region // Seattle, Wash.) // Bracket
Friday, March 20 (Round of 64)
    (15) North Dakota State vs. (2) Gonzaga    6:50 p.m. (TNT/March Madness Live)

NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, March 18 (1st Round)  //  Bracket
    (8) South Dakota State vs. (1) Colorado State    8 p.m. (ESPNU/WatchESPN)

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, March 18 (1st Round)  //  Schedule
    Fort Wayne at Evansville    7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, March 18 (1st Round)  //  Bracket
    UC Santa Barbara at Oral Roberts    7 p.m.





LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Summit League Tournament (Sioux Falls, SD)

Saturday, March 7 (Quarterfinals)
(1) South Dakota State 87, (8) Western Illinois 50
(2) North Dakota State 61, (7) Denver 50
Sunday, March 8 (Quarterfinals)
(5) South Dakota 82, (4) Fort Wayne 73
(3) Oral Roberts 58, (6) IUPUI 56

Monday, March 9 (Semifinals)
(1) South Dakota State 78, (5) South Dakota 65
(2) North Dakota State 60, (3) Oral Roberts 56

Tuesday, March 10 (Championship)
(2) North Dakota State 57, (1) South Dakota State 56


SUMMIT LEAGUE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State (MVP); Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts; A.J. Jacobson, North Dakota State; Cody Larson, South Dakota State; Deondre Parks, South Dakota State




POSTSEASON NEWS AND NOTES
Four the fourth consecutive season, The Summit League is sending an all-time high four teams to the postseason ... For only the second time in history The Summit League is represented in each of the four postseason tournaments ... North Dakota State will attempt to become the first Summit League team to win NCAA Tournament games in consecutive seasons, which would mark the first time the league posted wins in back-to-back seasons since 1987 ... The No. 15 seed is The Summit's lowest since 2006 ... South Dakota State is making its first NIT appearance and The Summit League's first since 2012 ... Fort Wayne is appearing in the CIT for the second consecutive year after advancing in the 2014 tournament ... Oral Roberts is the first Summit League team to host a CBI first round game and the first league school since 2010 to play a home game in the event ... The 2015 Summit League Basketball Tournament smashed attendance figures by over 30 percent, setting marks during quarterfinal, semifinal and championship sessions ... The total men's attendance was 35,612, an average of 8,903 per session ... With a semifinal crowd of 10,153, the league established a new all-time record for its premier event ... The combined attendance total for the men's and women's tournaments was 60,007, an all-time high by over 33 percent ... IUPUI serves as a co-host for the 2015 Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium.


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


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Date        Player    Pos    Yr    School    Stats            

Nov.    17    Obi Emegano    G    Jr.    Oral Roberts    26.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 14-16 FT
Nov.    24    CJ Carter    G    Sr.    Omaha    21.0 ppg, 3.5 apg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 spg
Dec.     1    Brandon Bos    G    Sr.    South Dakota    21.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 13-15 FT
Dec.    8    Steve Forbes    F    Sr.    Fort Wayne    23.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 70.0% FG, 19-24 FT
Dec.    15    Garret Covington    G    So.    Western Illinois    22.5 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 9-19 3FG
Dec.    22    Devin Patterson    G    Jr.    Omaha    20.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.5 spg
Dec.    29    Casey Kasperbauer    G    Jr.    South Dakota    23.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, 70.0% 3FG
Jan.    5    Lawrence Alexander    G    Sr.    North Dakota State    23.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 24-24 FT
                Jabari Sandifer    G    So.    Western Illinois    19.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 a/to ratio
Jan.    12    George Marshall    G    Jr.    South Dakota State    21.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 55.6% FG, 60.0% 3FG
Jan.    19    CJ Carter    G    Sr.    Omaha    32.0 ppg, 69.2% FG/3FG, 45-point game
Jan.    26    Cody Larson    F    Sr.    South Dakota State    19.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 51.9% FG, 78.6% FT
Feb.    2    Steve Forbes    F    Sr.    Fort Wayne    18.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 70.0% FG, 66.7% FT
Feb.    9    Lawrence Alexander    G    Sr.    North Dakota State    24.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 58% 3FG
                Max Landis    G    Jr.    Fort Wayne    23.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 72% FG
Feb.    16    Lawrence Alexander    G    Sr.    North Dakota State    26.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 53% 3FG
                Tyler Larson    G    Sr.    South Dakota    19.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 spg, 56% FG
Feb.    23    Tyler Larson    G    Sr.    South Dakota    21.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 3.0 apg in league play
Mar.    2    Obi Emegano    G    Jr.    Oral Roberts    29.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 64.5% FG


 

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


NUMBERS TO KNOW

.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       Current (3/17) 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

30       Percentage of Summit League coaches among finalists for the Joe B. Hall Award, presented to the nation's top firsr-year coach by CollegeInsider.com. IPFW's Jon Coffman, NDSU's David Richman and USD's Craig Smith are among the group of 10.

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

35,612   Total men's tournament attendance in 2015, smashing the previous record of 23,710 in 2013 by over 30 percent. Three of four 2015 sessions drew crowds of 9,000+ spectators.


SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SMASHES ATTENDANCE RECORDS
In its first season at the Denny Sanford PERMIER Center, The Summit League Basketball Championships smashed 11 all-time attendance records. Previous session marks fell each day and culminated in new standards for both the men's and women's tournament as well as the overall combined total. FULL RELEASE

POSTSEASON
The Summit League has sent an all-time high four teams to the postseason in each of the past four seasons ('12-'15). In 2014, the league had a record three teams advance in the postseason: North Dakota State (NCAA), Fort Wayne and Omaha (CIT).

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.

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 and incorporated into the official tournament website portal and as a Twitter hashtag. From Jan. 21 through The Summit League Tournament, all 18 Summit League men's and women's basketball teams wore "March to The Summit" shirts in their colors prior to games.

FOOD FIGHT
The Summit League's Food Fight completed its seventh season with each institution collecting food and/or cash donations at a designated home game. Over 139,000 tons was raised in the first six years. South Dakota State is the two-time defending champion for amount raised.

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 ... Three former Summit League players are coaching in the 2015 postseason (Tony Bennett and Bryce Drew in the NCAA Tournament and Jim Les in the NIT).

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

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