#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Postseason Edition, No. 2)

#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Postseason Edition, No. 2)

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COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
    Quarterfinal (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Sunday, March 26
    Fort Wayne at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi     3 p.m. (Facebook Live)

All times Eastern

TRENDING

1)    The Summit League produced a pair of Academic All-America honorees for the second consecutive season and third time in the past four years when North Dakota State’s A.J. Jacobson earned a first team nod and IUPUI’s Matt O’Leary was a third team selection.

2)    The Summit League sent at least three teams, or one-third of its membership, to postseason play for the sixth consecutive season. With Fort Wayne’s CIT victory, at least one Summit team has advanced in a national postseason tournament in three of the past four seasons.

3)    Fort Wayne’s CIT Quarterfinal appearance marks The Summit League’s deepest postseason tournament run since the CIT semifinals in 2012.

4)    South Dakota State’s Mike Daum finished the season with a league-best 25.1 points per game, the fifth-highest per game average in league history and the best since 2011-12. Daum’s 878 points were the second-most in league annals while his free throws made (251) and attempted (289) totals ranked third all-time.

5)    Daum, The Summit League Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, posted 37 points, second most all-time, and 12 rebounds, seventh-best in history, during the league championship game. He became just the second Division I player in the last 20 seasons to score 50 points and pull down 15 rebounds in a game when he posted a 51/15 line on Feb. 18. He is also the only D-I player to have 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 three-pointers in a game this season, when he did so on Jan. 21.

6)    South Dakota State moved through The Summit League Tournament bracket as the No. 4 seed, capping its run by defeating Omaha, 79-77, for its second consecutive title and fourth in the past six seasons.

7)    The Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. set attendance records for overall attendance (39,9,912) and individual session (11,235).

8)    According to KenPom, The Summit League leads the nation in SIX categories: efficiency (110.8), tempo (71.9), effective FG% (54.2), turnover % (16.3), 3P% (39.6), and FT% (74.2).

POSTSEASON AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Mike Daum (F), South Dakota State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Tra-Deon Hollins, Omaha
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
    Dexter Werner, North Dakota State
TRANSFER OF THE YEAR
    Matt Mooney, South Dakota
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
    Emmanuel Nzekwesi, Oral Roberts
COACH OF THE YEAR
    Craig Smith, South Dakota

FIRST TEAM
Mike Daum, South Dakota State; Tyler Flack, South Dakota; Tra-Deon Hollins, Omaha; John Konchar, Fort Wayne; Paul Miller, North Dakota State; Matt Mooney, South Dakota

SECOND TEAM
Daniel Amigo, Denver; Garret Covington, Western Illinois; Mo Evans, Fort Wayne; Marcus Tyus, Omaha; Dexter Werner, North Dakota State

HONORABLE MENTION
Darell Combs, IUPUI; Matt O’Leary, IUPUI; Albert Owens, Oral Roberts; Joe Rosga, Denver; Tre’Shawn Thurman, Omaha

ALL-NEWCOMER
Trey Burch-Manning, South Dakota; Trey Dickerson, South Dakota; Mitch Hahn, Omaha; Matt Mooney, South Dakota; Bryson Scott, Fort Wayne

NATIONAL HONORS

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
    A.J. Jacobson, North Dakota State (1st)
    Matt O’Leary, IUPUI (3rd)
ALL-DISTRICT
    Mike Daum, South Dakota State
           (VI-USBWA // 1st-12-NABC)
    Matt Mooney, South Dakota (1st-12-NABC)
    Mo Evans, Fort Wayne (2nd-12-NABC)
    John Konchar (2nd-12-NABC)
    Paul Miller, North Dakota State (2nd-12-NABC)
DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR
    Craig Smith, South Dakota (12-NABC)

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Date    Name (Pos.)    School

Nov. 14    Trey Burch-Manning    South Dakota
Nov. 21    Mo Evans    Fort Wayne
Nov. 28    Bryson Scott    Fort Wayne
Dec. 5      Tre'Shawn Thurman    Omaha
Dec. 12    Dexter Werner    North Dakota State
Dec. 19    Mike Daum    South Dakota State
Dec. 26    John Konchar    Fort Wayne
Jan. 3      Paul Miller     North Dakota State
Jan. 10    Garret Covington     Western Illinois
               Marcus Tyus       Omaha
Jan. 17    Daniel Amigo     Denver
Jan. 23    Paul Miller     North Dakota State
Jan. 30    John Konchar     Fort Wayne
Feb. 6     Mike Daum     South Dakota State
Feb. 13   Tyler Flack     South Dakota
Feb. 20     Mike Daum     South Dakota State
Feb. 27   Matt Mooney   South Dakota

RISE OF THE SUMMIT
As the college basketball world's best-kept secret the past few seasons, The Summit League is coming off a 2015-16 season of historic success. Its recent recent achievements place it firmly among the top mid-major conferences ...
> RPI GAINS
• Owns nation’s best RPI gain (+15) since 2009-10     by more than double
• Finished last season with record-high No. 12 RPI after peaking at No. 8 in Dec.
• Occupied 3rd-best mid-major RPI and had 8 of 9 teams in top 200 last season
• On pace for 6th consecutive top 20 league RPI finish (‘12-17)

> MEASURING UP AGAINST ITS PEERS
• .716 win clip vs. mid-majors in ‘15-16 was a record by nearly 100 pct points
• Owns a .574 winning pct. vs. mid-majors since 2010-11
• 8 consecutive years (‘10-17) with .500+ winning pct. vs. mid-majors

> RANKINGS
• Currently leads the nation in six statistical metrics, according to KenPom.com
• Defeated multiple Big Ten teams in consecutive seasons (‘16-17)
• Record two different teams received votes in national polls last season

> POSTSEASON
• Sent all-time high four teams to postseason 4 straight years (‘12-15)
• Advanced teams in national postseason tournaments in 3 of past 4 seasons
• Won games across each of 4 tourneys (NCAA, NIT, CIT, CBI) over past 4 years

THE VIEW FROM THE SUMMIT
A perspective of the incredible results produced by The Summit League vs. non-league in recent seasons

Season

Conf RPI

High Team RPI

Overall Record

Pct.

D-I Record

Pct.

Mid-Major Record

Pct.

Power 5 Wins

Top 25 Wins

2016-17

18

111

63-60

.512

48-60

.444

43-32

.573

2

1

2015-16

12

39

76-52

.594

60-52

.536

53-21

.716

4

1

2014-15

20

84

61-63

.492

45-63

.417

38-38

.500

0

0

2013-14

18

32

70-63

.526

48-63

.432

41-37

.526

2

1

2012-13

19

70

59-73

.447

42-72

.368

39-34

.534

0

1

2011-12

16

50

67-51

.568

48-50

.490

44-27

.620

3

1

2010-11

21

57

52-67

.437

40-63

.388

36-28

.563

2

1

All-Time Bests

12

32

76 wins

.594

60 wins

.536

53 wins

.716

4

2

#MARCH2THESUMMIT
Everyone loves a success story and The Summit League Basketball Championships in Sioux Falls, called “March’s best-kept secret” by USA Today in 2014, is one of the best in college basketball. Take a look at some of the numbers generated at what has become one of the nation’s premier tournaments:

    • Ranked 8th nationally with 9,165 fans per session in 2016 after placing 9th previous year
    • Set 11 attendance marks in 2015 and broke 10 of those again in 2016
    • Drew league record 11,235 fans at 2017 men’s semifinal session
    • Set league championship game attendance record with 10,188 in 2016
    • 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 (‘11-15)
    • Played league-record 9th consecutive tourney in Sioux Falls in ‘17
    • Exercised contract option to remain in Sioux Falls through 2022
    • Average combined M/W total attendance in Sioux Falls era is 42,384 (5,298 per session)
    • Top 3, and 4 of top 6, men’s tournament figures have come in Sioux Falls
    • Record run of 14 straight years in Sioux Falls (‘09-22) tops previous high of 5

SIOUX FALLS ATTENDANCE FIGURES
2009-14 at Sioux Falls Arena, 2015-pres. at Denny Sanford Premier Center

         Session Avg    High    Champ Game    Total  
2009    4,421          5,986    3,804             17,682
2010    3,574          6,285    3,122             14,294
2011    4,483          6,436    2,105             17,931
2012    5,606          6,614    6,526             22,423
2013    5,928          6,704    6,544             23,710
2014    5,208          6,769    4,263             20,832
2015    8,903         10,153    9,033            35,612
2016    9,165         10,306    10,188          36,661
2017    9,978         11,235    9,441            39,912

NEWS AND NOTES

DAUM-INATION
South Dakota State’s Mike Daum is only the second Division I player in the past 20 seasons to score 50+ points and pull down 15 or more rebounds after a 51/15 at Fort Wayne on Feb. 18. Furthermore, he is the ONLY Division I player to score over 40 points, pull down 10 rebounds and make 10 three-pointers in a game this season after doing so, Jan. 21, also against Fort Wayne.

SHARPSHOOTERS
The Summit League leads the nation in each of the three KenPom.com statistical shooting measures (as of March 21): effective FG% (54.2), 3P% (39.6) and FT% (74.2). The league also ranks first in efficiency (110.8), turnover pct. (16.3) and tempo (71.9) for six top analytic measures.

WELCOME ABOARD
On Jan. 26, The Summit League announced the addition of the University of North Dakota as its 10th member. The Fighting Hawks will begin league play across 17 league-sponsored sports in 2018-19.

JOHN OF ALL TRADES
When Fort Wayne’s John Konchar totaled 19 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and five steals vs. IUPUI on Jan. 25, he became the ONLY player in the nation to record that line or better according to College Basketball Reference, which began tracking single game box scores in 2010.

HE STOLE WHAT?
Omaha’s Tra-Deon Hollins is the NCAA’s active career leader with 3.67 steals per game and leads all of Division I this season with 3.38 steals per game. Earlier this month, he became the first player in Summit League history to claim back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards.

FINISHING STRONG
The Summit League concluded the bulk of its non-league schedule with an impressive 16-4 record (.800 win pct.) against fellow mid-majors from Dec. 13-23. The stretch moved the league above .500 against its peers for the eighth consecutive season.

BIG STAGE, B1G WINS
Fort Wayne’s victory over No. 3 Indiana on Nov. 22 equaled the biggest win, based on highest-ranked opponent, in Summit League history.  It also marked the second consecutive season that a Summit League team defeated a nationally-ranked Big Ten foe after Western Illinois took down defending national runner-up and No. 17 Wisconsin on opening night in 2015-16. The win was Fort Wayne’s first over a Big Ten opponent and initial victory over a nationally-ranked squad.

ANOTHER B1G VICTORY
Omaha notched its first-ever victory over a Big Ten and “Power Five” foe while nearly topping the century mark in a 98-89 win at Iowa Dec. 3. The win gave The Summit League multiple Big Ten wins for the second consecutive year.

SUMMIT LEAGUE HALL OF FAME INAUGURAL CLASS OF 2017
The Summit League announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class ahead of the 2017 Basketball Championships and honored eight decorated individuals who have combined for 17 league Player or Coach of the Year awards, eight All-America honors, an Olympic Gold medal, and a World Series title. The Class of 2017 consists of Brian Anderson (baseball), Tony Bennett (men’s basketball), Bryce Drew (men’s basketball), Dr. Homer Drew (men’s basketball), F.L. “Frosty” Ferzacca (administrator), Caleb Green (men’s basketball), Krista Ragan-Binam (women’s basketball), and Anita Rapp (women’s soccer). The Summit League Hall of Fame features its own branding with a logo that incorporates the present and past. The current “peak” logo is amalgamated with elements from the iconic logo used when the league was known as the Mid-Continent Conference in a nod to the previous era. A webpage devoted to The Summit League Hall of Fame will be housed at www.thesummitleague.org/halloffame and includes detailed information on each inductee. Future plans include a “virtual museum” of league artifacts, including publications and photos.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

3            Highest-ranked team ever defeated by a Summit League team (Fort Wayne over Indiana, Nov. 22 and Oral Roberts over Kansas, 2006-07)

INSIDE THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
"Inside The Summit League" is a weekly 30-minute look at highlights, news and features from The Summit League and its nine member institutions. Go to thesummitleague.org/itsl for listings or to watch episodes

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. To learn more, click on the "What's in a Name" button on thesummitleague.org

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