#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook: No. 7

Junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi has four games this season with double-digit rebounds.
Junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi has four games this season with double-digit rebounds.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 7 (w/stats)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Summit League play is on the horizon, but first, the league's nine members will face several tough tests during the final week of non-conference action, which includes matchups against three Top 25 teams and one Mid-Major Top 25 team. The breaks from action for the membership will range from up to nine days off (NDSU) to as few as five days off (UND, Oral Roberts and SDSU) before Summit League play commences on Dec. 28 with all but Oral Roberts set to be in action on opening night.

FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED...
• Summit League staples Mike Daum of South Dakota State and John Konchar of Purdue Fort Wayne are both closing in quickly on becoming just the third and fourth players in league history to pull down 1,000 rebounds in a career. Daum (989) and Konchar (988) will both get a crack at achieving that milestone on Tuesday in contests against Eastern Washington and IUPUI, respectively. Daum has eight double-doubles to his credit so far in 2018-19 (tied for third most in the country), while Konchar is second in The Summit League with four. Both players are averaging more than 8.0 rpg in their careers.
• South Dakota will be the second Summit League team with a chance to knock off the No. 1 team in the country when the Coyotes take on Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday. NDSU had the first chance against top-ranked Gonzaga in early December.
• North Dakota also faces a ranked foe Tuesday as the Fighting Hawks travel to No. 20 Marquette. DU also has a chance to secure a win against a ranked-foe this week when the Pioneers travel to Gonzaga Friday to take on the eighth-ranked Bulldogs. Summit League teams are 0-5 against ranked opponents so far in 2018-19.
• South Dakota State plays a pair of Big Sky foes this week, starting at Eastern Washington Tuesday before wrapping up non-conference play with a matchup of Collegeinsider.com Top-25 Mid-Major programs. That will take place Saturday when No. 19 Montana visits Brookings to face the 14th-ranked Jackrabbits.
• Western Illinois senior Brandon Gilbeck blocks lots of shots. He currently leads all Division I players with 45 on the season and is averaging 3.8/g. He has 225 career blocks to his credit -- a total that ranks third all-time on The Summit League charts.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (TV/Stream; all times local to site)
Tuesday, December 18

SDSU at Eastern Washington (PLUTO) 6 p.m.
Montana State at Denver (Altitude) 7 p.m.
IUPUI at Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m.
South Dakota at (1) Kansas (JTV/E+) 7 p.m.
North Dakota at (20) Marquette (FS1) 8 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19
Oral Roberts at Wichita State (COX) 7 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Omaha 7 p.m.
Northland College at NDSU (MSN/E3) 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 20
Chicago State at Western Illinois 2 p.m.
Siena Heights at Purdue Fort Wayne 7 p.m.

Friday, December 21
Denver at (8) Gonzaga 6 p.m.
Omaha at Rice 7 p.m.
Southern Miss at South Dakota 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 22
North Dakota at Northern Iowa 1 p.m.
Tulsa at Oral Roberts 7 p.m.
Montana at SDSU (MSN/E+) 7 p.m.

THE NET RESULTS
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 Dec. 17:
South Dakota State (117)
South Dakota (188)
North Dakota State (192)
Omaha (228)
Purdue Fort Wayne (246)
Denver (281)
North Dakota (292)
Western Illinois (299)
Oral Roberts (306)

TEAM TRACKER
NOTING THE PIONEERS
• The Pioneers picked up an 80-77 overtime win at Wyoming to win in Laramie for the first time in 20 seasons.
• Senior Joe Rosga led four DU players in double figures with a season-high 22 points.
• With 11 points in an 86-52 loss at UC Irvine, Rosga has now reached double figures in four straight games.
• DU will look to bounce back at home against Montana State before closing out non-conference play at No. 8 Gonzaga.
• Sophomore Donoven Carlisle reached double figures in scoring for the second time in his career with 11 points against UC Irvine.
• His first was a 10-point outing in last year's Summit League Championship Quarterfinal-matchup against Oral Roberts. Carlisle is DU's top rebounder this season at 5.4 rpg.

NOTING THE FIGHTING HAWKS
• The Fighting Hawks are looking for their first three-game winning streak of the season, but that will be a tall task against No. 20 Marquette. The Golden Eagles are currently 8-2.
• UND will take on that challenge with the services of junior Marlon Stewart for the first time this season.
• Stewart is expected to return to the lineup after missing the first 11 games to focus on academics. His 11.7 ppg average from last season was the tops among UND's returners in 2018-19.
• Senior Conner Avants reached the 1,000-point plateau for his career in UND's latest win -- an 83-66 victory over Mayville State.
• Classmate Cortez Seales scored a season-high 22 points against the Comets and has reached double figures in nine of 11 games this season.
• UND stays on the road to wrap up a 13-game non-conference schedule at Northern Iowa on Saturday.

NOTING THE BISON
• NDSU held a 23-19 halftime lead on No. 19 (MM) Montana Monday night, but the Grizzlies outscored the visitors by 11 after the break to claim a 60-53 victory.
• Junior Tyson Ward came off the bench to pace the Bison in scoring with 15, while Vinnie Shahid added 14. Jared Samuelson was the only other NDSU starter to score, chipping in just two points.
• Shahid has reached double figures in five of his past six games after doing so just once in his first six games. He leads the lead in scoring at 12.6 ppg.
• NDSU has a contest with Northland College on Wednesday to bring an end to its non-conference slate.

NOTING THE MAVERICKS
• The Mavericks picked up a solid 89-80 road win at Idaho and got strong performances from Mitch Hahn and Matt Pile.
•  Hahn shared Summit League Player of the Week honors after scoring a season-high 21 points, drilling four 3-pointers and pulling down six rebounds.
• Pile posted his third double-double of the season, scoring 13 points to go with a season-high tying 11 rebounds.
• J.T. Gibson extended his double-figure scoring streak to nine games with 15 points, while Zach Jackson failed to reach double figures for the first time in 11 contests this season.
• Omaha hosts UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday before concluding non-conference play at Rice on Friday.

NOTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• Oral Roberts picked up its first road win of the season on Saturday with a 59-52 victory at Richmond. The Golden Eagles held the Spiders to a season-low in points.
• Junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points. He ranks fourth in The Summit League in rebounding (7.5/g) and has reached double digits in boards on four occasions this season.
• Aidan Saunders came off the bench to equal his season-high with 15 points and pace the Golden Eagles in scoring against the Spiders.
• Oral Roberts plays at Wichita State on Wednesday before wrapping up non-conference play with a tilt against Tulsa at home as part of the Mayor's Cup.

NOTING THE MASTODONS
• John Konchar chipped in with 24 points and Kason Harrell added 18, but the Mastodons could not keep pace with Austin Peay, who dealt Purdue Fort Wayne a 95-68 loss on Saturday.
• Konchar's streak of four straight double-doubles came to an end, but he inched close to the 1,000-rebound plateau and now has 988 for his career after pulling down eight against the Govs.
• Konchar is averaging 19.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg over his last five contests.
• Purdue Fort Wayne wraps up its non-conference schedule with a pair of home games before the Christmas break.
• The Mastodons take on former Summit League-foe IUPUI before closing out their 15-game, non-conference slate with Siena Heights.

NOTING THE COYOTES
• The Coyotes picked up one of the league's best non-conference road wins of the season after defeating Colorado State 68-63 in Fort Collins.
• Wyoming transfer Cody Kelley put together a nice all-around game against a familiar foe from his days with the Cowboys, scoring 10 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists vs. the Rams. Kelley shared #SummitMBB Player of the Week honors after dropping a career-high 18 points in a win over Bellevue.
• Sophomore Stanley Umude continues to increase his production after leading the Yotes with 15 points off the bench against CSU. Umude is averaging 13.0 ppg over his last five contests after scoring 5.6 ppg in USD's first seven contests.
•Umude and company take on No. 1 Kansas Tuesday before closing out non-conference play at home vs. Southern Miss on Friday. 

NOTING THE JACKRABBITS
• The Jackrabbits nearly broke The Summit League's all-time scoring record ending up a point shy following a 139-72 victory over Savannah State last Tuesday.
• The Jacks also buried a school-record 23 3-pointers in the contest (tied for second-most by a Summit League team).
• In its next outing, SDSU led No. 7 Nevada 40-33 at halftime, but the Wolf Pack rallied to post a 72-68 victory and remain undefeated at 11-0.
• Senior Mike Daum and sophomore David Jenkins, Jr., were both held to season-low point totals in the contest with five points apiece.
• SDSU has a pair of Big Sky foes on its docket this week at Eastern Washington and at home to No. 19 (MM) Montana on Saturday.

NOTHING THE FIGHTING LEATHERNECKS
• The Fighting Leathernecks will look to snap a four-game skid before the Christmas break with a home tilt against Chicago State. Thursday's matchup with the Cougars is the final one of the inaugural Summit League-WAC Challenge Series.
• Sophomore Kobe Webster poured in a season-high 26 points in a 91-76 loss to former Summit League foe IUPUI on Monday. Webster went 5-for-9 from 3-point and is 14-for-25 (56 percent) from deep in his last three contests.
• Zion Young came off the bench to contribute 14 points in the loss to the Jaguars. That was his best point total since scoring 15 in a season-opening win over Iowa Wesleyan.
• Senior Brandon Gilbeck added three blocked shots to his national-leading total of 45. He is averaging 3.8 bpg, which is the second-highest total in Division I this season.

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