#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook (Jan. 20)

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Wednesday, Jan. 21
    * Fort Wayne at South Dakota State    7 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
    * Oral Roberts at Denver    7 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Thursday, Jan. 22
    * North Dakota State at IUPUI    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    * South Dakota at Western Illinois    7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 24
    * South Dakota at IUPUI    1 p.m. (ESPN3)
    * Denver at Omaha    1 p.m.
    * North Dakota State at Fort Wayne    7 p.m.
    * South Dakota State at Oral Roberts    7 p.m. (ESPN3)


Tuesday, Jan. 27
    Tabor at Oral Roberts    7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
    * Omaha at South Dakota State    7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29
    * Denver at North Dakota State    7 p.m.
    * Fort Wayne at South Dakota    7 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
Friday, Jan. 30
    * IUPUI at Western Illinois    7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31
    * Fort Wayne at Omaha    1 p.m.
    * Denver at South Dakota State    4:30 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
    * Oral Roberts at South Dakota    4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1
    * North Dakota State at Western Illinois    2 p.m.

* Summit League game

* Summit League game
All times local

Wednesday, Jan. 14
    * South Dakota State 68, IUPUI 53
    * Oral Roberts 102, Omaha 86
    * South Dakota 71, North Dakota State 67
    * Denver 68, Western Illinois 54
Friday, Jan. 16
    * North Dakota State 61, Western Illinois 48
Saturday, Jan. 17
    * South Dakota State 71, South Dakota 57
    * Oral Roberts 62, Fort Wayne 58
Sunday, Jan. 18
    * IUPUI 89, Omaha 84

* League game


CJ Carter, Omaha
     32.0 ppg, 69.2% FG, 69.2% 3FG, career-high 45 points vs. IUPUI (1/18), 4th-best league game total ever

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

    Brett Olson (G), Denver
    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
    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

.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       North Dakota State's home win streak, currently tied for seventh-best among active national streaks and in all-time Summit League streaks

22       Current (1/20) Summit League position on RPIRatings.com

73.3     Percentage of Summit League preseason poll favorites that went on to win at least a share of the regular season title since 1999-2000. The 2008-09 season marked the last time the preseason favorite did not finish first

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

144      Total number of Summit League games in 2015, beginning Jan. 2, during the March to The Summit

5,208   Average session attendance at the 2014 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament, a figure that ranked 14th nationally and fourth among traditional mid-majors

"March to The Summit" was unveiled as the 2015 Summit League Basketball Championships slogan. The slogan is also incorporated into the official tournament website portal and as a Twitter hashtag.

Beginning Jan. 21, all 18 Summit League men's and women's basketball teams will wear "March to The Summit" shirts in their colors prior to games for the remainder of the season. Fans will be able to purchase their own "March to The Summit" shirt in their school's colors at this year's tournament.

Full tournament information can be accessed by using the following url:
summitleague.org/March2TheSummit. Followers of The Summit League's official Twitter sites  – @thesummitleague, @summithoops, and @summitchamps – are encouraged to use the hashtag #March2TheSummit.

he Summit League's Food Fight is in its seventh season and each institution has again designated a home game to collect food and/or cash donations. During the first six years, over 139,000 tons was raised. South Dakota State is the two-time defending champion for annual collections. The event will extend to The Summit League Tournament for the fifth-straight year. Upcoming games include:
    Jan. 22    Western Illinois (vs. South Dakota)
    Jan. 24    Oral Roberts (vs. South Dakota State)
                    Fort Wayne (vs. North Dakota State)

Denver's Brett Olson ranks 5th among NCAA active career leaders in free throw percentage (.888) and is sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.441) ...  IUPUI head coach Jason Gardner was the 2002-03 Naismith National Player of the Year while at Arizona ... The 45 points scored by Omaha's CJ Carter on Jan. 18 vs. IUPUI rank as the second-most in the NCAA this season and fourth-highest for any intraleague game in Summit history ... Oral Roberts' 6'7" forward Denell Henderson also competes in rodeo.

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

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.

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

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

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

IUPUI is serving as a co-host for the 2015 Final Four, April 4/6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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

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)

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.

• The Summit had its third consecutive top-20 RPI finish (RPIRankings.com)
• Three straight top-20 finishes is the longest streak in Summit history

• 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