Quick Previews: Summit League

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

The last 5 years, the Dakotas have represented the Summit League in the Big Dance. South Dakota State has won the conference tournament 3 of the last 5 times while North Dakota State has won 2. This may be the year where someone knocks the Dakotas off their throne. Fort Wayne, formally known as IPFW, is the preseason favorite, returning 3 starters from last year’s co-regular season title team. They’ll be led by Mo Evans, a Player of the Year candidate. North Dakota State should get back to be a contender this year after finishing 5th last season, although they did make the conference championship game (surprise). They return 4 starters from last season and should challenge Fort Wayne. Scott Nagy decided to leave South Dakota State after 21 years this offseason, but they bring in TJ Otzelberger who was a fantastic assistant at Iowa State. He’ll have to deal with losing 3 starters, but he does get Mike Daum back, who came off the bench to lead the team in scoring. He’s another POTY candidate. After Fort Wayne and the two powers, keep an eye on both Omaha and IUPUI as potential sleepers.

Summit League Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Fort Wayne: 24-10 (12-4)

2. North Dakota State: 20-13 (8-8)

3. South Dakota State: 26-8 (12-4)

4. Omaha: 18-14 (10-6)

5. IUPUI: 13-19 (9-7)

6. Denver: 16-15 (7-9)

7. Western Illinois: 10-17 (3-13)

8. Oral Roberts: 14-17 (6-10)

9. South Dakota: 14-18 (5-11)

First Team All-Summit

Mike Daum, South Dakota State (15.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mo Evans, Fort Wayne (16.9 PPG, 5.1 APG)
Paul Miller, North Dakota State (15.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG)

Garet Covington, Western Illinois (17.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG)

John Konchar, Fort Wayne (13.0 PPG, 9.2 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Fort Wayne

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