#SummitMBB Tip-Off Notebook (Nov. 8)

#SummitMBB Tip-Off Notebook (Nov. 8)

#SummitMBB Weekly Release (PDF)


Friday, Nov. 10
    FORT WAYNE at Oakland    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    Avila at ORAL ROBERTS    8 p.m.
    UC Irvine at SOUTH DAKOTA STATE    8 p.m.
    OMAHA at Montana State    8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11
    NORTH DAKOTA STATE at UC Santa Barbara    4 p.m.
    Mayville State at SOUTH DAKOTA    7 p.m.
    Saint Mary's (Minn.) at WESTERN ILLINOIS    8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12
    OMAHA at Oklahoma    3 p.m. (FS Oklahoma)
    Mary at SOUTH DAKOTA STATE    3 p.m.
    Defiance at FORT WAYNE    4:30 p.m.
    UC Irvine at DENVER    6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 13
    SOUTH DAKOTA at Bowling Green    7 p.m.
    ORAL ROBERTS at Tulsa    8 p.m.
    NORTH DAKOTA STATE at 10/11Southern California    11 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Tuesday, Nov. 14
    OMAHA at New Mexico   
    Alabama State at South Dakota State    8 p.m.
    DENVER at Colorado    9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Wednesday, Nov. 15
    Delaware State at FORT WAYNE    7 p.m.
    Eastern Illinois at WESTERN ILLINOIS    8 p.m.
    SOUTH DAKOTA at TCU    9 p.m. (FS Southwest)
Thursday, Nov. 16
    Johnson & Wales (Colo.) at DENVER    7 p.m.
    ORAL ROBERTS at Oklahoma State    8 p.m. (Fox Plus)
Friday, Nov. 17
    OMAHA at 16/16Louisville    7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
    NORTH DAKOTA STATE at Missouri State    7 p.m. (ESPN3)
    SOUTH DAKOTA STATE at 4/3Kansas    8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, Nov. 18
    Calvary at WESTERN ILLINOIS    8 p.m.
    Grambling at SOUTH DAKOTA    8 p.m. (ESPN3/MidcoSN)
    FORT WAYNE at Illinois-Chicago    8 p.m.

All times Eastern


South Dakota State's Mike Daum is the nation's top returning scorer for the 2017-18 season, averaging 25.1 points per game last year. His total was the fifth-highest season average in Summit League history.

A number of traditional powers and prominent teams are on The Summit League schedule this season. Eight games against preseason top-16 teams, including No. 1 and four of the top five, occur during a five-week stretch from Nov. 13-Dec. 21. Below is a list of the big names and big games (with preseason AP ranking).

    Nov. 13:     North Dakota State at (10) USC
    Nov. 17:     Omaha at (16) Louisville
        South Dakota State at (4) Kansas
    Nov. 22:    Fort Wayne at (5) Kentucky
    Dec. 2:    South Dakota at (1) Duke
    Dec. 18:    Omaha at (4) Kansas
        North Dakota State at (3) Arizona
    Dec. 21:    Oral Roberts at (15) Minnesota

South Dakota State's Mike Daum was named to the 2018 Oscar Robertson Trophy (National Player of the Year) and Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Preseason Watch Lists. Daum is just one of two players from a mid-major league to be selected by the United State Basketball Writers Association for its 32-man Robertson Trophy candidate list.

The 2017 Summit League's Men's Basketball Tournament ranked seventh overall, best among traditional mid-major leagues, and increased its regular season average and ranking in the NCAA's 2017 attendance report. With an average attendance of 9,978 fans per session at its 2017 tournament, The Summit League's figure was best among the 22 traditional mid-major conferences. Overall, The Summit League moved up one spot from the previous year and trailed only the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big East, and Pac-12. 

The Summit League has garnered several preseason mentions across national outlets. A sampling: SDSU's Mike Daum was ranked as the nation's No. 5 center and NDSU's Paul Miller the No. 18 small forward by Lindy's Sports ... Daum was ranked as the nation's No. 4 shooter and No. 33 player by Athlon Sports.

Last season, South Dakota State's Mike Daum became 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 was the ONLY Division I player to score over 40 points, pull down 10 rebounds and make 10 three-pointers in a 2016-17 game after doing so Jan. 21, also against Fort Wayne. Daum went on to record the second-highest scoring game (37 points) and seventh-best rebound total (12) in Summit League Championship history.

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

When Fort Wayne's John Konchar totaled 19 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and five steals last season, 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.

The Summit League announced the addition of the University of North Dakota as its ninth member last season. The Fighting Hawks will begin league play across 17 league-sponsored sports in 2018-19.

The Summit League enters 2017-18 looking for a ninth consecutive season with a record above .500 against its mid-major peers ... The Summit League has defeated nationally-ranked Big Ten foes in each of the past two seasons, with Fort Wayne topping No. 3 Indiana last season and Western Illinois topping No. 17 Wisconsin on the road in the 2015-16 season opener ... Omaha defeated Iowa last season, giving the league multiple Big Ten victories for the second consecutive year ... Fort Wayne advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIT last season, equalling the deepest national postseason tournament run in league history ... South Dakota's Craig Smith earned NABC District Coach of the Year honors last season ... South Dakota State's Mike Daum received the league's first Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week honor last season ... North Dakota State's A.J. Jacobson was a 2017 first team Academic All-America  selection.

As the college basketball world's best-kept secret the past few seasons, The Summit League enjoyed a historic 2015-16 campaign and continued its ascent last season. Recent achievements place it firmly among the top mid-majors ...

• Own nation's best RPI gain (+8) from 2010-17
• Achieved 6 consecutive top 20 league RPI finishes ('12-17)
• Finished '15-16 at record-high No. 12 in RPI after peaking at No. 8 in Dec.
• Occupied 3rd-best mid-major RPI and had 8 of 9 teams in top 200 in '15-16

• Owns a .573 winning pct. vs. mid-majors since 2010-11 season
• 8 consecutive years ('10-17) with .500+ winning pct. vs. mid-majors
• .716 win clip vs. mid-majors in '15-16 was a record by nearly 100 pct points

• All-time best No. 15 position in final Sagarin Ratings last season
• Led the nation in six statistical metrics in '16-17, according to KenPom.com
• Defeated multiple Big Ten teams in consecutive seasons ('15-16 & '16-17)
• Record two different teams received votes in national polls in '15-16

• 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
• Sent all-time high four teams to postseason 4 straight years ('12-15)


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

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

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.


George Hill (2008 #SummitMBB POY)
Sacramento Kings


Jalen Bradley (Oral Roberts)
Sioux Falls Skyforce

Taylor Braun (North Dakota State)
Salt Lake City Stars

Tra-Deon Hollins (Omaha)
Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)
Salt Lake City Stars


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