#SummitMBB Weekly Notebook: Postseason Edition

North Dakota State's Tyson Ward will look to carry his strong play down the stretch into the Bison's NCAA Tournament matchup against North Carolina Central.
North Dakota State's Tyson Ward will look to carry his strong play down the stretch into the Bison's NCAA Tournament matchup against North Carolina Central.
WEEKLY NOTEBOOK: No. 19 (w/stats) 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --
The Summit League Men's Basketball tournament champion North Dakota State and regular season champion South Dakota State will carry the league's torch into postseason play this week. Those programs had their seasons extended after earning automatic bids into the NCAA Tournament and National Invitational Tournament, respectively.

The Jacksrabbits, who own a 24-8 overall record, will get things started Tuesday night on ESPN against No. 2 seed Texas at 8 p.m. CT. Seventh-seeded SDSU has never met the Longhorns on the hardwood. The Bison will be in action on Wednesday night against North Carolina Central during a First Four contest in Dayton. NDSU and the Eagles tip off at 5:40 p.m. CT on TruTV. 

AROUND THE SUMMIT LEAGUE ...
• North Dakota State became just the fifth No. 4 seed to win The Summit League Men's Basketball Championship in 2019. For the Bison, it was their third tournament title in the last six seasons.
• NDSU tied for the third in the league standings with a 9-7 record and will be the league's second "First Four" participant in Dayton (Oakland; 2005).
• The Bison enter Wednesday night's game against North Carolina Central having won nine of its last 12 games and coming off a three-game stretch in Sioux Falls where they shot 51.7 percent from the floor and 48.8 percent from 3-point range (both tournament highs).
• Newcomer of the Year Vinnie Shahid was named the Championship MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Tyson Ward.
• Shahid averaged a team-best 14.7 ppg in Sioux Falls and came up with 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half of the title-game victory over Omaha. 
• Ward added 14.3 ppg while Cameron Hunter chipped in with 10.3 ppg and buried 9-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc during the tourney.
• NDSU was the last Summit League member to win an NCAA Tournament game, upsetting No. 5 seed Oklahoma 80-75 in 2014. 
• The 12th-seeded Bison picked up the first tournament win for the league since Oakland defeated Alabama A&M 79-69 in a 2005 play-in game in Dayton.
• Summit League regular season champion South Dakota State opens up National Invitational Tournament play Tuesday in Austin, Texas. The seventh-seeded Jackrabbits (24-8) will take on No. 2 seed Texas (16-16) in the first hardwood matchup between the two programs.
• The Jackrabbits are 1-1 all-time in NIT games and were the last Summit League team to register a victory in the postseason event thanks to an 86-76 win over Colorado State in 2015.
• SDSU senior Mike Daum registered his 21st double-double during an opening-round loss to Western Illinois at The Summit Men's Basketball Championship.
• The three-time Summit League MVP enters the NIT averaging 25.3 ppg and 11.7 rpg was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-America Third Team on Monday.
• Daum needs six field goals against the Longhorns to become the first Summit Leauge player to make 1,000 in his career.
• Fellow first-team All-Summit League performer Daivd Jenkins, Jr., dropped a tournament-high 29 points in the loss to the Leathernecks and ranks sixth nationally with 109 makes from 3-point range.

POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
NIT TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, March 19
(7) SDSU at (2) Texas  8 p.m.
ESPN/WatchESPN
 
NCAA TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, March 20
(16) North Carolina Central vs. (16) NDSU 5:40 p.m.
TruTV/CBSSports.com

#SUMMITMBB CHAMPIONSHIP: A Look Back At 2019
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: March 12, 2018
(4) North Dakota State 73, (2) Omaha 63
North Dakota State regrouped after letting a 14-point halftime lead slip away to pull away from Omaha down the stretch and earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Newcomer of the Year Vinnie Shahid scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to help the Bison register a 73-63 victory over the Mavericks.
 
SEMIFINALS: March 11, 2018
(4) North Dakota State 76, (8) Western Illinois 73
Western Illinois nearly became the first No. 8 seed to advance to The Summit Men's Basketball Championship title game, but a gritty comeback effort fell short and North Dakota State survived with a 76-73 victory over the Leathernecks. Freshman Sam Griesel led the Bison with a career-high 20 points while Kobe Webster scored a game-high 24 points for WIU. The Leathernecks trailed by as many as 15 before roaring back to take a brief lead with under 10 minutes to play.
(2) Omaha 61, (3) Purdue Fort Wayne 60
Omaha senior Mitch Hahn hit a go-ahead triple with just over three minutes to play and those would be the final points scored by either team down the stretch as the Mavericks hung on for a 61-60 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne. Seniors John Konchar and Kason Harrell paced the Mastodons with 13 points apiece in what would be the duo's final collegiate games.
 
QUARTERFINALS: March 9-10, 2018
(8) Western Illinois 79, (1) South Dakota State
The Leathernecks became the first No. 8 seed to knock off the top seed in The Summit League Men's Basketball Championship, stunning South Dakota State 79-76. Kobe Webster and Ben Pyle led five WIU scorers in double figures with 17 points a piece while Brandon Gilbeck had a double-double with 13 point and 13 rebounds. SDSU's David Jenkins Jr., led all scorers with 29 points.
(2) Omaha 81, (7) North Dakota 76
The Mavericks held off league newcomer North Dakota 81-76 to advance to the semifinals. Senior Zach Jackson scored 21 points and freshman Wanjang Tut added a career-high 18 points to pace the Mavericks. UND was led by junior Marlon Stewart's game-high 26 points and he pulled the Fighting Hawks within a point at 77-76 with 1:16 to play, but that was as close as UND would get. 
(3) Purdue Fort Wayne 96, (6) South Dakota 70
Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar delivered the first triple-double in tournament history and the Mastodons buried a tournament record 16 3-pointers on their way to a 96-70 win over South Dakota. Konchar finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
(4) North Dakota State 86, (5) Oral Roberts 73
NDSU opened the second half on a 15-0 run and never looked back en route to an 86-73 quarterfinal win over Oral Roberts. Junior Tyson Ward scored a team-high 25 points while Jared Samuelson added 15 points in the win for the Bison. Freshman of the  Year Kevin Obanor tallied a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Golden Eagles.
 
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Mitch Hahn, Omaha
Zach Jackson, Omaha
John Konchar, Purdue Fort Wayne 
Vinnie Shahid, North Dakota State (MVP)
Tyson Ward, North Dakota State

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2018-19 Basketball Media Day
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