A trio of Summit League teams was among those honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today as officials from that organization announced the sixth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics.
The third full week of March will go down in the history books as the best ever for The Summit League in terms of the amount of national television exposure that the league received from its men’s and women’s basketball teams participating in NCAA postseason events.
Five Summit League men's basketball players, including three sophomores, were selected to the 2018-19 Summit League Academic All-League Team as voted by the league's faculty athletic representatives and sports information directors.
Eric Henderson, who served as an assistant coach for the South Dakota State University men's basketball team the past three seasons, has been promoted to head coach, Director of Athletics Justin Sell announced Wednesday evening.
The North Dakota State men's basketball team opened up an early lead over No. 1-ranked and No. 1 overall seed Duke on Friday night, but the Blue Devils ultimately rallied in the second half to earn the NCAA Tournament first-round victory, 85-63.
The Jackrabbit men's basketball team staged a brilliant comeback but saw its 2018-19 season come to an end Tuesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, falling 79-73 to Texas at the Frank Erwin Center.
Summit League tournament champion North Dakota State received a No. 16 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and will face fellow No. 16 seed North Carolina Central in a play-in game Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – North Dakota State played in four straight Summit League Tournament finals from 2013-2016, winning two of them. After missing the last two, the No. 4 seed Bison returned on Tuesday to upend No. 2 seed Omaha in a run-filled 73-63 win.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Much like the first two meetings of the season between Omaha and Purdue Fort Wayne, Monday’s Summit League Tournament semifinal came down to the end, but unfortunately for the No. 3 seed Mastodons, the result remained the same, as the No. 2 seed Mavericks hung on for a 61-60 win to advance to the tournament title game for the second time in three season.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –No. 4 seed North Dakota State scored the first 15 points of the second half and never looked back Sunday in the Summit League Championship quarterfinals, moving past No. 5 seed Oral Roberts, 86-73.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The most decorated player in Purdue Fort Wayne history, senior John Konchar added to his legacy in Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup with South Dakota by posting the tournament’s first triple-double, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the No. 3 seed Mastodons 96-70 win over No. 6 seed Coyotes.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two years ago, as a No. 8 seed, Western Illinois took top-seed South Dakota into overtime before falling to the Coyotes. Saturday, again as the eighth seed, the Leathernecks tried again, this time against No. 1 seed South Dakota State, but this time, they made tournament history.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – North Dakota played its first-ever Summit League Tournament game on Saturday against relative newcomer Omaha, which played its first tournament game in 2016, and even though the No. 7 seed Fighting Hawks lost the game, 81-76 to the No. 2 seed Mavericks, they held true to their name, and didn’t go down without a fight.
Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone and Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple jointly announced Thursday that their league members will begin a men’s basketball “Showdown” series in 2020 that will span three seasons.
South Dakota State senior Mike Daum and Summit League history have been linked together a lot throughout his collegiate career and Thursday’s release of the 2018-19 men’s basketball postseason awards only strengthened that bond and his case as one of the league’s all-time greats.