WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: NO. 6 (w/Stats)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- It's a light week of non-conference play for most Summit League teams as student-athletes turn a majority of their focus to final exams as only 11 games on are on tap for the next seven days. In fact, Denver and South Dakota State are the only members with multiple games on their schedules.
FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED ...
• Not only did Mike Daum become The Summit League's all-time leading scorer with a 42-point outburst in the Jacks' 101-92 win over Southern, but he also became just the 66th player in NCAA Division I history to eclipse the 2,500-point plateua. He enters Tuesday's game vs. Savannah State with 2,509 points.
• Daum and teammate David Jenkins, Jr., make up the highest-scoring duo in Division I. Daum is averaging 25.2 ppg (6th nationally) while Jenkins, Jr., is averaging 22.0 ppg (t22nd nationally).
• Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar is back to his double-double ways, registering one in four consecutive games after going the first eight games of the season without one. He currently ranks fifth among active Division I players with 40 for his career.
• Denver, North Dakota and North Dakota State all snapped four-game losing streaks over the weekend with impressive wins over Western State (93-69), Eastern Washington (74-67) and Milwaukee (83-72), respectively.
• Western Illinois sophomore Kobe Webster ranks second among Summit League players with six games of 20-plus points and is averaging a team-high 17.5 ppg (5th among Summit League players) this season.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Streaming) | Game times local to site
Tuesday, December 11
Savannah State at SDSU (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.
Denver at Wyoming 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12
Bellevue at South Dakota 7 p.m.
Friday, December 14
Mayville State at North Dakota (FSN/E3) 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15
Western Illinois at IUPUI 12 p.m.
Omaha at Idaho (PLUTO) 4 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Richmond 4 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne at Austin Peay (E+) 4 p.m.
South Dakota State at (7) Nevada (E3) 6 p.m.
Denver at UC Irvine 7 p.m.
Missouri State at NDSU (MSN/E+) 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 16
South Dakota at Colorado State (MW) 2 p.m.
Monday, December 17
North Dakota State at Montana (PLUTO) 7 p.m.
Western Illinois at Northern Illinois 7 p.m.
THE NET RESULTS
This is the first week for the NCAA's new "NET" rankings system, which replaced the RPI from year's past. Through games of Nov. 26, here's how The Summit League members stacked up:
The rankings can be found here and are updated daily.
WAC CLINCHES INAUGURAL CHALLENGE SERIES WITH THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
With a 70-54 win over visiting North Dakota, Texas Rio Grande Valley clinched the inaugural Summit League-WAC Challenge series for the WAC. The win by the Vaqueros was the fifth for the WAC. SeattleU would make it a 6-2 advantage with a 90-71 win over Omaha.
Western Illinois will have the last chance for The Summit League to pick up a win as the Leathernecks host Chicago State on Dec. 20.
It didn't take long for the inaugural series to get underway as both leagues' preseason favorites picked up wins on opening night of the college basketball season. South Dakota State held off Grand Canyon, who was picked second in the WAC preseason poll, 79-74 while NM State defeated North Dakota State 73-56 later that night to even the series at 1-1.
NOTING THE PIONEERS
• The Pioneers snapped a four-game skid with an emphatic 93-69 victory over Western State (Colo.) on Sunday at Hamilton Gymnasium.
• Colorado transfer Tory Stewart-Miller had a season-high 18 points and Ronnie Harrell, Jr., registered his third double-double (15 pts, 10 rebs) in the victory.
• The Pioneers, who have been beset by injuries, are starting to get healthy down the back stretch of non-conference play.
• Senior Joe Rosga has reached double figures in back-to-back games after recently returning from a four-game absence.
• Interestingly, Rosga ranks among the top active players in the NCAA in free-throw percentage (87.9; 9th), but has only made it to the line twice in six games this season.
NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
• Like Denver, UND snapped a four-game losing streak on Sunday as the Fighting Hawks wrapped up a home-and-home sweep of Milwaukee.
• Senior Cortez Seales equaled his season-high with 19 points against the Panthers. He is averagign 18.0 ppg over the last two contests after UND's leading scorer was held scoreless in a home loss to Idaho (Dec. 1).
• After going three-straight games without reaching double figures, senior Conner Avants posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the wn over the Panthers.
• For Avants, it was his fourth career double-double. He ranks second in The Summit League in field goal percentage (63.4).
• UND has a home game against Mayville State on Friday before going on the road for its final two non-conference games at Marquette and at Northern Iowa.
NOTING THE BISON
• NDSU was one of three Summit League teams over the weekend to bring a halt to a four-game losing streak. The Bison achieved that with a 74-67 victory over Eastern Washington.
• Vinnie Shahid led NDSU with 20 points against the Eagles and is averaging 18.5 ppg over his last four contests. In comparison, the JUCO-transfer averaged just 7.2 ppg in his first seven games as a starter for the Bison.
• Shahid leads the team in scoring now at 11.8 ppg, while reserve forward Deng Geu is second at 11.5 ppg. Geu has come off the bench in all 10 contests for the Bison and had 18 points in the win over Eastern Washington.
• The Bison remain home for a tilt vs. Missouri State on Saturday.
NOTING THE MAVERICKS
• The Mavericks are getting their taste of the Pacific Northwest of late with games at SeattleU, at Oregon and at Idaho during a nine-day span.
• Omaha dropped the first two of those last week and return to that area of the country to face the Vandals on Saturday.
• Senior Zach Jackson continues to show why he was a preseason All-Summit League selection. Jackson has reached double figures in all 10 of the Mavericks' games and is currently third in the league in scoring in non-conference games at 19.4 ppg. He's hit the 20-point plateau in five of those contests.
• Junior J.T. Gibson is second on the team in scoring at 13.8 ppg and has reached double figures in eight straight games for the Mavs. He averaged 15.5 ppg in the two losses last week, including an 18-point outing at Oregon.
NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• Oral Roberts has an eight-day stretch between games before returning to action at Richmond on Dec. 15. The Golden Eagles will look to end a three-game skid when they travel to Virginia to take on the Spiders.
• Junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi continues to pace the Golden Eagles in scoring (15.1 ppg; 7th) and rebounding (7.8 rpg; 4th). Both of those averages rank among the top 10 in The Summit League.
• Nzekwesi and company continue to pace the league in offensive rebounding (11.0/g) and ORU is third in overall rebounding average (36.2/g).
NOTING THE MASTODONS
• Purdue Fort Wayne senior John Konchar has racked up four consecutive double-doubles after going without one in the Mastodons' first eight contests.
• His latest was a 28-point (season-high), 14-rebound (season-high) effort in an 85-79 loss at Miami (Ohio). Konchar currently ranks third on The Summit League's all-time list for rebounds with 980 and is fifth among active NCAA Division I players in that category. His 225 career steals are third most among active players.
• Konchar leads The Summit League in assists (58; 4.8/g), is second in rebounding (112; 9.3/g) and fifth in scoring (205; 17.1 ppg).
• Purdue Fort Wayne has a road tilt at Austin Peay (Dec. 15) before closing out non-conference play with back-to-back home games against IUPUI (Dec. 18) and Siena Heights (Dec. 20).
NOTING THE COYOTES
• The Coyotes will look to snap a mini two-game skid on Wednesday when they take on Bellevue.
• The latter of the two-game skid came Saturday when Kansas City rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to clip the Coyotes 65-63.
• Sophomore Stanley Umude returned to the starting lineup for the first time in seven contests to pace the Coyotes with 18 points. He is averaging 14.0 ppg over the last three games.
• Senior Trey Burch-Manning leads The Summit League in 3-point field goal percentage (55.6) and ranks eighth in scoring (14.4 ppg).
• Burch-Manning is one of three Coyotes averaging in double figures. Triston Simpson is averaging 13.3 ppg, while Tyler Peterson is averaging 11.6 ppg.
NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
• The Jackrabbits start the week defending the nation's longest home-court winning streak (25) against Savannah State (Dec. 11) before heading to No. 7 Nevada to take on the undefeated Wolfpack.
• Senior Mike Daum averaged 30.0 ppg last week, while David Jenkins, Jr., averaged 28.5 ppg. The Jackrabbit duo ranks one-two in The Summit League in scoring with 25.2 and 22.0 ppg clips, respectively.
• Daum is also leading the league in rebounding at 10.3 rpg and he has league-best seven double-doubles to his credit as well.
NOTING THE FIGHTING LEATHERNECKS
• After winning back-to-back games a week ago, the Leathernecks dropped back-to-back games this week to fall to 4-6 on the season.
• Sophomore Kobe Webster ranks second among Summit League players with six games of 20-plus points and is averaging a team-high 17.5 ppg this season.
• Webster and the Leathernecks have road games at IUPUI (Dec. 15) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 17) before wrapping up non-conference play with a home game against Chicago State (Dec. 20).
• The latter is the final game in the inaugural Summit League-WAC Challenge series. The WAC currently leads 6-2.