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POSTSEASON NEWS AND NOTES

The Summit League posted its fourth consecutive top-20 league finish in the RPI and placed multiple top-100 teams for the fifth time in the past six seasons (rpiratings.com) ... The Summit sent an all-time high four teams to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season ... The Summit League was represented across each of the four postseason tournaments for only the second postseason in history ... The Summit League Championship was decided by one point, marking the third time in the past four years that the game had a one possession victory margin ... South Dakota State became the league's first team to advance in the NIT since 1990 with its upset over top-seeded Colorado State ... Oral Roberts was the first Summit League team to host a CBI first round game and scored the league's first victory in the tournament since 2010 ... 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 ... North Dakota State became the third consecutive team to win back-to-back Summit League Tournament titles ... IUPUI served as a co-host for the 2015 Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium ... The 30-point performance by ORU's Obi Emegano was the highest individual scoring total in the 2015 CBI.

 


POSTSEASON HONOR ROLL

AP ALL-AMERICA
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State (hm)

NABC All-DISTRICT
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State (1st)
Cody Larson, South Dakota State (1st)
Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts (2nd)

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

REESE'S ALL-STAR GAME
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State

LOU HENSON AWARD FINALIST (Mid-Major Player of the Year)
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State

RILEY WALLACE AWARD FINALIST (Top Transfer)
Deondre Parks, South Dakota State

SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST
Khufu Najee, IUPUI

JOE B. HALL AWARD FINALIST (Top First-Year Head Coach)
Jon Coffman, Fort Wayne
David Richman, North Dakota State
Craig Smith, South Dakota


POSTSEASON RESULTS

NCAA TOURNAMENT (South Region // Seattle, Wash.)
    Round of 64: (2) Gonzaga 86, (15) North Dakota State 76

NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
    1st Round: (8) South Dakota State 86, (1) Colorado State 76
    2nd Round: (5) Vanderbilt 92, (8) South Dakota State 77

COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
    1st Round: Evansville 82, Fort Wayne 77

COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
    1st Round: Oral Roberts 91, UC Santa Barbara 87
    2nd Round: Loyola (Chicago) 86, Oral Roberts 78


COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S BEST KEPT SECRET ... IS GETTING OUT

As the college basketball world's best kept secret the past few seasons, The Summit League has been flying under the radar when it comes to achievements that place it firmly among the most-discussed mid-major conferences ...

POSTSEASON
• Sent all-time high four teams to postseason each of past 4 years ('12-15)
• Advanced multiple teams in postseason tournaments each of past 2 seasons
• Won a game in each of 4 tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CIT, CBI) in past 2 years

RANKINGS
• Achieved 4 consecutive top 20 league RPI finishes ('12-15)
• Reached all-time best spot (No. 14) in USA Today Sagarin Ratings in '14
• All-time high in Mid-Major Top 25 poll (No. 3 NDSU) in '13-14
• 4 teams received votes in '14-15 preseason Mid-Major Top 25 poll
 

RPI GAINS
• Nation's 3rd-best RPI gain (+6) over last six seasons '10-15
• Multiple top-100 RPI teams in 4 of past 6 seasons '10-15

MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
• Owns a .547 winning percentage vs. mid-majors since '11
• Six consecutive years ('10-15) with .500+ winning pct. vs. mid-majors
• All-time best .620 clip vs. mid-majors in '11-12

TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
• Eclipsed previous all-time attendance record by 30% at new arena in 2015
• 4th highest mid-major tournament attendance average in '14
• 4th best net gain in tournament attendance average over past 5 years
• 7 best league tournament attendance figures all came '09-'15
• Played league-record 7th consecutive tourney in Sioux Falls in '15


SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - 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

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


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
ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE

Brandon Bos, South Dakota; A.J. Jacobson, North Dakota State;
Chris Kading, North Dakota State; Cody Larson, South Dakota State; Khufu Najee, IUPUI


NUMBERS TO KNOW

.547
The Summit League's winning percentage against traditional mid-major teams, 2010-11 to present

3
Number of NBA Draft picks produced by The Summit League since 2008

20
Final league ranking on RPIRatings.com
      84    South Dakota State
      94    North Dakota State
    156    Oral Roberts
    212    South Dakota
    215    Fort Wayne
    234    Denver
    257    IUPUI
    299    Omaha
    328    Western Illinois

25
North Dakota State's home win streak

Top Division I home court win streaks (3/16)
1.    Arizona    38
2.    North Carolina Cental    35
3.    Wichita State    32
4.    Louisiana Tech    29
5.    North Dakota State    25
       Kansas    25
7.    Villanova    22
8.    Dayton    21
       Old Dominion    21

30
Percentage of Summit League coaches among finalists for the 2015 Joe B. Hall Award, presented to the nation's top first-year coach by CollegeInsider.com: IPFW's Jon Coffman, NDSU's David Richman and USD's Craig Smith.

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.


NOTEWORTHY

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 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).

#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
South Dakota State captured The Summit League's 2014-15 "Food Fight" title by raising over 34,600 pounds of food, increasing its total from last year by over 9,000 lbs. The Summit League designated 18 "Food Fight" games during the basketball season and collected donations at the basketball championships with the nine league member institutions combining to raise over 84,000 lbs. SDSU won its third consecutive crown after collecting the largest amount by an individual school in the seven-year history of the league-wide initiative. A total of nine men's basketball games and nine women's games were selected for the "Food Fight" initiative with host schools having exactly one week per game to collect food and/or cash donations.

THIS AND THAT
The Summit League's five first-year head coaches in 2014-15 were 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 ... Both Fort Wayne (CIT) and Oral Roberts (CBI) were eliminated by their tournament's eventual champion ... Three former Summit League players coached 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 during the 2013-14 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

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.

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


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