ELMHURST, Ill. – Reigning Summit League Tournament champion and 2017-18 preseason favorite South Dakota State represents the league in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 preseason poll. The Jackrabbits are No. 14 in the season's initial rankings.
A total of three current Summit League teams are included in the preseason poll voting. Defending regular season champion and 2017 NIT qualifier South Dakota along with 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarterfinalist Fort Wayne are receiving votes. North Dakota, which enters the league next season, is also among teams with votes.
The Mid-Major Top 25 is in 19th season and is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast, Western Athletic.
Fort Wayne's Jon Coffman and Omaha's Derrin Hansen are among the panel of voting coaches.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League finished with an all-time best No. 14 Sagarin Rating, achieved its sixth consecutive league top-20 RPI finish. The Summit League sent three teams to the postseason for the sixth straight year, highlighted by the deepest postseason tournament run since 2012. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships again posted record-setting attendance figures, posting new marks for overall and session attendance. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.