WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 2
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The second week of the college basketball season is underway and Denver nearly pulled off an upset of No. 12 Kansas State on Monday, but the Wildcats were able to able to hold off the pesky Pioneers for a 64-56 victory. North Dakota will get the league's next crack at knocking off a ranked opponent as the Fighting Hawks venture to Rupp Arena to take on No. 10 Kentucky Wednesday night on the SEC Network.
Oral Roberts will look to put the league out front in The Summit League/WAC Challenge that continues when the Golden Eagles play host to California Baptist on Tuesday. Both of the league's preseason favorites prevailed during the opening week of the season with South Dakota State pulling off a 79-74 victory over Grand Canyon while WAC preseason favorite New Mexico State evened the series with an 82-63 win over North Dakota State.
Through Nov. 12 matchups, The Summit League owns a 6-2 record against fellow Mid-Major opponents and UND picked up the league's first road win over a DI opponent with a 63-60 victory over Horizon League member Milwaukee on Saturday.
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• South Dakota State's Mike Daum picked up his 12th Summit League Player of the Week accolade after going three-for-three in posting double-doubles during the opening the week of the season. All three of his double-doubles came in SDSU victories as the Jacks extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 23 games.
• Midco Sports Network added a pair of U.S. Bank Classic contests to its Summit League television slate. Both the North Dakota State-Drake (5:30 p.m. CT) and South Dakota State-Northern Iowa (8 p.m. CT) contests on Dec. 1 will air live from Minneapolis inside the venue that will also host to the 2019 Men's Final Four.
• Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar is the only active NCAA Division I player that has 1,400-plus points, 800-plus rebounds, 300-plus assists and 200-plus steals.
• South Dakota's Triston Simpson has reached career-highs in back-to-back games to get the Todd Lee era started with a pair of wins. He had 23 points in the win over York and added 24 in a win over Northern Arizona.
• Daum ended up on his third watch list for a national award, joining 50 Division I players vying for the John Wooden Award.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Streaming) | game times local to site
Tuesday, November 13
California Baptist at Oral Roberts 7 p.m.
Manchester at Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14
Northern Arizona at Omaha 7 p.m.
Dominican (Ill.) at Western Illinois 7 p.m.
North Dakota at (10) Kentucky (SEC) 9 p.m
Thursday, November 15
Abilene Christian at Denver (Altitude2) 7 p.m.
Oral Roberts at BYU (BYUTV) 7 p.m.
Friday, November 16
North Dakota State vs. Miami (Ohio)$ 1 p.m.
South Dakota vs. High Point& (FloH) 6 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne at Dayton 7 p.m.
Omaha at Colorado (Pac-12) 7 p.m.
South Dakota State at Florida Gulf Coast 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 17
Minnesota Morris at North Dakota (FSN/E+) 3 p.m.
Western Illinois at Eastern Illinois (E+) 7 p.m.
North Dakota State vs. TBA$ TBA
South Dakota vs. TBA& (FloH) TBA
Sunday, November 18
North Dakota State vs. TBA$ TBA
$Islands of Bahama Showcase (Nassau, Bahamas)
Noting The Pioneers
• Creighton transfer Ronnie Harrell, Jr., collected a double-double in his Denver debut after scoring 18 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the Pioneers' season-opening win over Maine.
• DU opened up the season by burying 11 3-pointers in the season opener and have made at least one trey in 375 straight games. Harrell led those efforts as well, knocking down three of his eight attempts. In fact, half of DU's made field goals vs. Maine were from beyond the arc.
• The Pioneers went toe-to-toe with No. 12 Kansas State in their first road test, but the Wildcats withstood a late DU rally to post a 64-56 win.
• Harrell added his second double-double of the young season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
• Preseason First Team All-Summit League Joe Rosga led the Pios with 18 points in Manhattan.
Noting The Fighting Hawks
• Head coach Brian Jones has the Fighting Hawks off to a 2-0 start for just the third time during its Division I era.
• The second of those victories came on the road at Milwaukee has UND held on for a 63-60 triumph over the Horizon League squad. It was the first true road win of the season by a Summit League squad.
• Senior Conner Avants led UND with 14 points against the Panthers and he helped the visitors control the glass (43-40) by adding seven boards. Sophomore Filip Rebraca added a team-high eight rebounds off the bench after his eligibility was granted for the 2018-19 season.
• Redshirt freshman Aanen Moody scored a game-high 20 points in his UND debut as he buried six 3-pointers in a 104-48 victory over Northland College. Fellow redshirt Ethan Igbanugo added 12 points after making all four of his long-distance attempts.
• UND plays at No. 10 Kentucky on Wednesday.
Noting The Bison
• The Bison bounced back from a season-opening loss at New Mexico State in the Summit League/WAC Challenge to get in the win column with an impressive 82-63 victory over UC Santa Barbara.
• Juniors Tyson Ward and Deng Geu shared the team lead in points (16) and rebounds (6) in the win over the Gauchos. Geu's efforts came in 22 minutes off the bench.
• Sophomore Rocky Kreuser opened the campaign by pouring in a career-high 23 points against the Aggies, but a 16-point halftime deficit was too much for NDSU to overcome.
• NDSU travels to the Bahamas this weekend for three games at the Islands of Bahamas Showcase. The Bison open up with a tilt against Miami (Ohio).
Noting The Mavericks
• After suffering a 104-76 loss at Minnesota in the season opener, Omaha got on track with a 94-58 victory over Buena Vista.
• Senior Zach Jackson led five Mavericks in double figures with 23 points in the win over Buena Vista.
• Jackson, a second-team All-Summit League performer a year ago, has back-to-back, 20-plus point games to start the season. He's shooting 60 percent from the field (15-for-25) in the early going.
• Redshirt freshman Wanjang Tut has reached double figures off the Mavs' bench in both contests. In his collegiate debut, Tut tallied 13 points against the Gophers, then added 12 in the win over the Beavers.
• The Mavs' next action will be a home tilt against Northern Arizona, who is playing a pair of Summit League teams this week (Nov. 12; at South Dakota). Omaha also plays Big Sky foe Montana State at home on Nov. 24.
Noting The Golden Eagles
• The Golden Eagles were the first Summit League member to fall to a nationally-ranked opponent this season when No. 20 TCU upended ORU 79-62 on Sunday.
• ORU picked up its first win with an identical score on Friday against Southwestern (Kan.).
• Preseason All-Summit League second teamer Emmanuel Nzekwesi has reached double figures in each of the Golden Eagles first three contests. He had a season-high 24 points in the win over Southwestern when he added 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
• Sam Kearns is the only other Golden Eagle averaging in double figures (11.3 ppg) and he is shooting a team-best 44.4 percent from 3-point land (8-for-18).
Noting The Mastodons
• Purdue Fort Wayne sandwiched a 112-51 blowout of Earlham in between a pair of losses to Power Five foes UCLA (96-71) and Ohio State (107-61) during the opening week of the season.
• John Konchar put up his customary All-Summit League performing stat line in the opening three games, averaging 18.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 5.0 apg for the Mastodons.
• Konchar had 25 in the season opener at Pauley Pavillion and had at least seven rebounds in each of those contests.
• Senior Kason Harrell helped Konchar with some scoring punch, adding double figures in all three contests on the week (12.0 ppg).
• The Dons play host to Manchester on Tuesday before wrapping up the week with a road game at Dayton on Friday night.
Noting The Coyotes
• The Coyotes got the Todd Lee era underway with an 83-58 victory in the season opener vs. York College. It was the third-straight year that USD oepned the campaign with a win.
• Triston Simpson began his junior season by scoring a career-high 23 points, while Preseason All-Summit First Teamer Trey Burch-Manning added 22 points and eight rebounds.
• The Coyotes have been without fellow Preseason All-Summit Leaguer Tyler Hagedorn, who is out with a foot injury, for the first two games. Hagedorn is USD's top-returning scorer (13.0 ppg) from a year ago.
• USD now heads to the Bahamas for the Bimini Jam (Nov. 16-18) after posting a 90-74 win over Northern Arizona on Monday. Simpson once again paced the Coyotes with another career-high, scoring 24 points. Tyler Peterson added 23, while Brandon Armstong chipped in with 22.
Noting The Jackrabbits
• The Jacks opened the 2018-19 season by sweeping a trio of home games during the opening week.
• Sophomore David Jenkins got hate late against Grand Canyon to give the Jacks a 79-74 win over the Antelopes in the opening game of The Summit League/WAC Challenge. Jenkins matched his career-high with 31 points and hit two treys in the final 90 seconds that allowed SDSU to hold on for the win.
• Reigning Summit League MVP Mike Daum did his customary work on the stat sheet, posting a trio of double-doubles on the week, averaging 23.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg in wins over GC, Alabama State and Bemidji State.
Noting the Leathernecks
• Kobe Webster got his sophomore campaign off to a fast start, piling up 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-67 road loss at Creighton before dropping 21 in WIU's home win over North Park.
• Sophomore Isaac Johnson added 19 against the Bluejays and 14 more vs. North Park to average 14.5 ppg during the opening week. Johnson also had nine rebounds in each of those contests. He averaged 8.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 28 games as a freshman.
• Senior Brandon Gilbeck rejected away seven shots in the season opener at Creighton to finish just one shy of his career-high. Gilbeck ranks fifth on The Summit League career charts with 180 blocks.
• Freshman Ben Pyle scored 11 points in each of his first two collegiate games. The true freshman was tabbed Mr. Basketball in the state of Kansas during his senior season (2017-18).