#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook: No. 17

Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar is only 10 points away from eclipsing the 2,000-point total for his career.
Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar is only 10 points away from eclipsing the 2,000-point total for his career.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 17 (w/stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- With only one week remaining of #SummitMBB action, zero of the eight seeds at the 2019 Basketball Championship have been locked in by a specific team. There are some things that we do know, however, as seven of the eight spots have been secured with UND earning the latest berth.

The top two overall seeds belong to Omaha (12-2) or South Dakota State. The Jacks are 13-2 and only have a Saturday home game against Western Illinois remaining while the Mavericks are 12-2 and have games at Oral Roberts (Thursday) and at Denver (Saturday). If both teams finish 14-2 or 13-3, the tiebreaker would go to the Mavs by virtue of going 2-0 against Purdue Fort Wayne while the Jacks were 1-1. The teams split their regular-season series and each swept NDSU who could potentially leapfrog the Mastodons in the standings this week.

NDSU and Purdue Fort Wayne will occupy either the No. 3 or No. 4 seeds. Those two teams meet Saturday in Fort Wayne, but also have Thursday tilts to navigate through. The Mastodons, who hold a one-game lead on the Bison, play host to UND while NDSU is on the road at South Dakota. If these two end up tied in the standings and split the season series, Purdue Fort Wayne would own that tiebreaker thanks to a home win over SDSU.

The bottom four seeds are all still up for grabs as there is a scenario where Oral Roberts, North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Illinois could all end up with 6-10 records. Oral Roberts could clinch the No. 5 seed with a home win Thursday over Omaha. That would give the Golden Eagles a season sweep of the Mavericks and they would hold tiebreakers over both South Dakota and North Dakota if either of those teams also finished 7-9.

Seeding will likely be on the line Saturday in Vermillion as North Dakota closes out its first season as a Summit League member at South Dakota. Both teams enter the week 5-11 and play teams ahead of them in the standings on Thursday.

Western Illinois can clinch the final spot in the tournament with a win at Denver on Thursday or a win at SDSU on Saturday. In order for the Pioneers to earn the No. 8 seed, they need to win both games, have NDSU finish ahead of Purdue Fort Wayne in the standings and WIU lose both of their games this week.

• Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar enters the week 10 points away from becoming the first player in NCAA Division I history to score 2,000 career points, pull down 1,000 career rebounds (1,110), dish out 500 career assists (535) and record 200 career steals (261).
• South Dakota State senior Mike Daum made the 3,000-point fraternity at the Division I level a double-figure total as he became the 10th player to reach the milestone en route to earning a #SummitMBB record, eighth Player of the Week award of the season. He was also named the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week after averaging 31.5 ppg in two wins last week.
• Western Illinois center Brandon Gilbeck needs one block to become just the fourth #SummitMBB player to record 100 blocks in a single season. He currently leads the NCAA in total blocks (99) and blocks per game (3.7).
• Only two players in Division I basketball have logged more minutes this season than South Dakota State senior Skyler Flatten. The Clark, S.D., native has played 1,091 minutes so far during the campaign.
• Omaha kept pace with the Jackrabbits at the top of the league standings by winning their sixth game in a row. That is the program's longest winning streak since the 2015-16 season.     

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Stream; all times local to site)
Thursday, February 28

Western Illinois at Denver* (Altitude2) 7 p.m.
North Dakota at Purdue Fort Wayne* 7:30 p.m.
Omaha at Oral Roberts* (KGEB) 7:30 p.m.
NDSU at South Dakota* (MSN2/E+) 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 2
Omaha at Denver* (Altitude) 1 p.m.
North Dakota at South Dakota* (MSN2/E+) 3:30 p.m.
Western Illinois at SDSU* 4:15 p.m.
NDSU at Purdue Fort Wayne* 5 p.m.
all times local

Wednesday, February 20
South Dakota 72, Denver 45*
Omaha 77, Western Illinois 63*

Thursday, February 21
SDSU 92, Purdue Fort Wayne 83*

Saturday, February 23
North Dakota 81, Denver 63*
Omaha 58, NDSU 50*
SDSU 94, South Dakota 89*
Western Illinois 75, Oral Roberts 66*
* Summit League contest

Here's a look at how Summit League members are stacking up in the NCAA's new "NET" rankings system, which replaced the RPI from year's past.

Through games of Feb. 25:
South Dakota State (98)
Omaha (164)
Purdue Fort Wayne (207)
North Dakota State (224)
South Dakota (232)
North Dakota (290)
Oral Roberts (295)
Western Illinois (301)
Denver (327)

South Dakota State senior Mike Daum's 3,000th-career point will be remembered for more than just making him the 10th player in NCAA Division I history to reach the milestone. The basket came with 62 seconds to play, giving South Dakota State the lead for good in a in-state rivalry game against South Dakota. The Jacks would eventually win 94-89 as Daum added six free throws in the closing minute to add to the historic achievement and keep his team in first place in the #SummitMBB standings. Daum finished with 25 points and now sits at 3,006 career points -- just two behind Bradley's Hersey Hawkins for ninth place on the all-time scoring charts.

Daum was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for his efforts in two SDSU victories last week. In Thursday's win over Purdue Fort Wayne, he added 38 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to become The Summit League's all-time leading rebounder. It was his 19th double-double of the season, which is the second most in Division I this season.

• The Pioneers will be home for their final two regular season contests and still have an outside chance of earning the final spot in the #SummitMBB Championship in Sioux Falls.
• In order for that to transpire, DU will need victories in both of those contests, Western Illinois to also lose at South Dakota State on Saturday and North Dakota State to finish ahead of Purdue Fort Wayne in the league standings.
• Freshman David Nzekwesi earned the first two starts of his career last week and did not disappoint. The Fort Worth, Texas native averaged 16.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg and went 13-for-18 from the field (72.2 percent). He now has eight double-figure scoring games this season.
• Senior Joe Rosga continues to hold the all-time mark for career free throw percentage in Summit League history (88.2) and is 24-for-27 this year.

• The Fighting Hawks have won back-to-back #SummitMBB games for the first time this season thanks to respective home wins over Oral Roberts (85-73) and Denver (81-63) on each of the past two Saturdays.
• Those two victories also clinched a spot in the Basketball Championship for the league newcocmer.
• In the latest game, senior captain Conner Avants returned from a six-game absence to score 12 points in the 18-point win over the Pios.
• All five starters reached double figures for the first time this season with junior Kienan Walter leading the way with a career-high 21 points. It was his 10th double-figure scoring game of the campaign.
• Avants' fellow captain Cortez Seales has reached double figures in seven straight -- his longest stretch of the season -- and is averaging 16.0 ppg in those contests. 

• After reeling off five straight wins, North Dakota State has fallen at home in close contests to the top two teams in the league.
• The latest setback was a 58-50 loss to Omaha on Saturday where the Bison led by 12 in the first half before the Mavs rallied for the win.
• Junior Vinnie Shahid led NDSU in scoring with 13 points and has reached double figures in a season-high, seven-straight games. He has also hit multiple 3-pointers in each of those contests and is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc during that stretch (23-for-46).
• Junior Deng Geu is the only Summit League player without a start that is averaging double-figure ppg (10.8). He had 10 points in the loss to Omaha, which was his ninth double-figure game in league play.

• The Mavericks have reeled off six-straight victories, which is their longest winning streak since the 2015-16 season.
• Omaha wrapped up its home portion of #SummitMBB play with a 7-1 record thanks to a 77-63 win over Western Illinois last Wednesday.
• If the Mavs win their final two games at Oral Roberts and Denver, they will be the No. 1 seed at the Basketball Championship in Sioux Fall.
• The Mavs began their season-closing, three-game road trip with a 58-50 comeback win at NDSU where they erased a 12-point deficit.
• Omaha has played in the highest-scoring Summit League game this season (209; overtime win vs. South Dakota) and the lowest-scoring league game (108; win at NDSU).
• During the six-game winning streak, senior Zach Jackson is averaging 21.6 ppg and he ranks fourth in the league in scoring (18.6 ppg) entering the final week of the regular season.

• The Golden Eagles have just one league game remaining and a win would net them the No. 5 seed at the Basketball Championship. It would also give Oral Roberts a season sweep of Omaha, who they beat 87-84 on the road (Dec. 30). 
• Junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi returned to the lineup in the latest of three-straight losses for ORU. He came off the bench to register a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but the Leathernecks were able to secure the 75-66 victory.
• Freshmen Kevin Obanor and DeShang Weaver make up the highest-scoring rookie duo in the league (24.0 ppg). Obanor is 10th overall in the league at 14.3 ppg.

• Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar is on the doorstep of the 2,000-career point milestone, needing only 10 points to eclipse that total.
• Konchar has reached double figures in all 29 games this season and his first chance at the mileston will come Thursday in a home game against North Dakota.
• Konchar is coming off a 27-point, nine-rebound, and six-assist effort in a road loss at South Dakota State last Thursday.
• The Mastodons have buried a league-high 319 3-pointers this season, which is third most in all of Division I, and have five players with at least 35 makes on the season.
• Lehigh transfer Matt Holba has made a team-high 72 and his shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
• The Coyotes potential seeding range goes from No. 5 to No. 8 and with two home wins and an Oral Roberts loss on Thursday would get to the  peak of that range.
• Those two games are against the league's Peace Garden State contingent, starting with North Dakota State on Thursday.
• USD has won two of three and had a 16-point lead on league-leading SDSU in its last game before seeing the Jacks rally for the 94-89 win.
• Wyoming transfer Cody Kelley had a season-high 21 points in the contest, burying 5-of-7 3-pointers. He is averaging 13.4 ppg over the last five contests.
• Sophomore Stanley Umude has become a shot-blocking machine of late, swatting away 2.8 shots per game over the last five. He's also averaging 7.8 rpg during that stretch. 

• The Jackrabbits are finding ways to win of late, rallying from double-digit deficits in each of their last three victories.
• SDSU and Omaha are tied in the loss column and the Jacks have only one game remaining -- 
a home tilt against Western Illinois on Saturday.
• Senior Skyler Flatten is averaging a career-best 15.3 ppg and his 1,091 minutes logged are the third most by a Division I player this season.
• David Jenkins is shooting better from 3-point range (104-for-222; 46.8 percent) than he is from inside the arc (79-for-174; 45.4 percent).
• Among all his other accomplishments last week, senior Mike Daum had a career-high five blocked shots in the win over Purdue Fort Wayne.

• The Leathernecks control their own destiny in terms of securing the final spot in the #SummitMBB Championship. That occurred thanks to a 75-66 victory on Senior Night over Oral Roberts last Saturday.
• WIU will get its first shot Thursday at Denver in a rematch of a game the Leathernecks won 78-60 in the first meeting of the two squads (Dec. 30).
• Sophomore Kobe Webster eclipsed the 900-point plateau for his brief career with a team-best 13 points in the win over the Golden Eagles. Webster ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 17.6 ppg.
• Webster has reached double figures in all 14 league games this season.
• Senior Brandon Gilbeck is block away from becoming the fourth different player in Summit League history to record 100 in a season. His 99 blocks currently lead all Division I players.

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