Summit League Makes History with Two Top-10 Rankings in Mid-Major Preseason Poll

Summit League Makes History with Two Top-10 Rankings in Mid-Major Preseason Poll

ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State is ranked No. 7 and Denver No. 9 in the Mid-Major Top 25 preseason poll. The duo places The Summit League in the company of just two other leagues with multiple top-10 rankings.

NDSU's No. 7 ranking is the highest preseason position held by The Summit League in the 15 years of the Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The two top-10 Summit League teams is also a first.

The preseason favorite Bison return all five starters and 96 percent of their scoring from a team that finished 24-10 and reached The Summit League Championship Game in 2012-13. League newcomer Denver returns 10 letterwinners, including three starters, from a squad that went 22-10 and advanced to the second round of the NIT a year ago.

Also receiving votes were The Summit League's 2012-13 regular season co-champions, Western Illinois and South Dakota State.

The Mid-Major Top 25 poll includes teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, WAC, West Coast. A group of 31 mid-major coaches comprise the voting panel.

The entire Mid-Major Top 25 preseason poll can be viewed here.

In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent seasons including new tournament and regular season attendance standards, record postseason tournament participation, all-time best RPI rankings, national player honors and NCAA statistical champions. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.