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Tonight, begins the conference season for the Summit League.  Throughout the season we can keep a watchful eye on the other teams and how they look in the Summit League.  Interested to see how St. Thomas does in their opener against Omaha.  A win able game for the former D3 squad.

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St. Thomas wins their first game in conference and lead by 23 at halftime on the road in Omaha.  Looks like they are going to be a tough out, their first year in D1.  Very impressive!  SDSU blows out KC by 32 and just destroyed their tough defense by scoring 89.  The game on Wednesday night with the Jackrabbits will be a shoot-out, first one to 90!

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Big tilt in the Summit League tonight:  South Dakota State at North Dakota State.

I just don't see the Jackrabbits losing too many conference games this season; this is one of the few where they should be challenged. 

No word yet on SDSU leading-scorer Noah Freidel's status after mysteriously being benched last Saturday for the win over ORU in Brookings.

Oh, and the current temperature in Fargo?

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SDSU holds off the Bison by 4 tonight and that was without their leading scorer Noah Friedel.  Impressive win for the Jackrabbits tonight.  They may come to Tulsa at 16-0 in league play come February.  Still have a tough one at Western Illinois but they are the team to beat in the Summit League this year.

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Definitely looking forward to playing them in Tulsa. We need the same home court  treatment from the refs that they got. I expect nothing less than 25 free throws for us and 1 for them. 

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St. Thomas is blowing out Western Illinois by 16 at the half and have lead by as much as 20.  Crazy, who would have thought they would be so good their first year in D1?  Their only conference loss was to Denver, who they lead by as many as 19 before losing on a buzzer beater.

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Western is a bit of an enigma. The surprise team early, and consensus top 4 in the league per all the ratings. But they've already lost to Omaha and St. Thomas.

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Maybe Western is not quite what we had hoped they were, but St. Thomas has been very impressive in their jump to D1. Nice addition to the league.

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Watched the second half of St. Thomas and WIU, which the Tommies win by 23!  They put on a clinic and Western had no answers.  St. Thomas has five guys on the floor who are all basically guards that can: dribble, pass, drive and shoot the ball at a high level.  It is textbook basketball at its finest.  How will ORU matchup with that?  Western had a lot of size but could not keep up with the Tommies.

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We basically play a 4-5 guard lineup all the time.  If anyone can match up with the Tommies, we can.

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The TOMMIES have a bunch of seniors. Does anyone know if they will all be back with the Covid eligibility waivers?  If so, they will have a stacked team next year. I think they have a 4* guard who signed with them for 2022-2023. 

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I found a great resource for tracking Summit scores and standings that I never realized was there. The Wikipedia page for the season has updated standings (with tiebreakers) and a matrix showing each team's record against each other conference team. Makes it really easy to track who's done what against whom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021–22_Summit_League_men's_basketball_season (scroll down about halfway)

Here's a current snapshot:

Regular Season

Conference Standings

  Conference Overall  
Rank Team Record Perecent Record Percent Tiebreaker
1 South Dakota State 3-0 1.000 12-4 .750  
2 Oral Roberts 3-1 .750 9-6 .600  
3 St. Thomas 2-1 .500 7-7 .500  
4 North Dakota State 1-1 .500 9-5 .643  
  Kansas City 1-1 .500 6-6 .500  
6 Omaha 1-2 .333 2-12 .143 Ahead of Western Illinois and Denver based on win percentage in the group
7 Western Illinois 1-2 .333 10-5 .667 Ahead of Denver based on Head-to-Head win percentage
8 Denver 1-2 .333 5-11 .313  
9 North Dakota 0-1 .000 4-10 .286 Ahead of South Dakota based on # of losses
10 South Dakota 0-2 .000 7-6 .538  

Conference Matrix[edit]

  Denver Kansas City Omaha North Dakota North Dakota State Oral Roberts St. Thomas South Dakota South Dakota State Western Illinois
vs. Denver         1-0 0-1     1-0
vs. Kansas City             0-1 1-0  
vs. Omaha         1-0 1-0     0-1
vs. North Dakota       1-0          
vs. North Dakota State       0-1       1-0  
vs. Oral Roberts 0-1   0-1       0-1 1-0  
vs. St. Thomas 1-0   0-1           0-1
vs. South Dakota   1-0       1-0      
vs. South Dakota State   0-1     0-1 0-1      
vs. Western Illinois 0-1   1-0       1-0    
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Thanks for the heads up Tex. This is a great resource and I'm sure takes a lot of time for whoever is doing it. It would almost be worth pinning that on the board and keeping it updated as the season plays out. 

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Omaha puts up 98 tonight and handles North Dakota by 16.  Shows how much better teams play at home.  After that game on Saturday against ORU who would have thought they would score like that?

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On 12/30/2021 at 10:57 AM, Old Titan said:

Big tilt in the Summit League tonight:  South Dakota State at North Dakota State.

I just don't see the Jackrabbits losing too many conference games this season; this is one of the few where they should be challenged. 

No word yet on SDSU leading-scorer Noah Freidel's status after mysteriously being benched last Saturday for the win over ORU in Brookings.

Oh, and the current temperature in Fargo?

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Wasn’t that D Days gpa?

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2 hours ago, Otis 83 said:

Wasn’t that D Days gpa?

Nailed it!

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Does anyone know why SDSU played at Omaha today, instead of the other way around?  Omaha and Denver are normally travel partners, as are the two South Dakota schools.  But tonight, Denver played at USD and SDSU at Omaha.  On Saturday, the schedule returns to “normal” with Denver coming to SDSU, and Omaha plays at USD.  The next time these schools play, the scenario will flip, with Omaha coming to SDSU, and then returning home to play USD in the same week. 
 

Perhaps there was a venue scheduling difficulty?  In any case, I don’t think it creates an unfair advantage or disadvantage, I just found it odd.   I don’t see any other situation like this in the entire Summit schedule.  

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12 hours ago, TrueBlue82 said:

Does anyone know why SDSU played at Omaha today, instead of the other way around?  Omaha and Denver are normally travel partners, as are the two South Dakota schools.  But tonight, Denver played at USD and SDSU at Omaha.  On Saturday, the schedule returns to “normal” with Denver coming to SDSU, and Omaha plays at USD.  The next time these schools play, the scenario will flip, with Omaha coming to SDSU, and then returning home to play USD in the same week. 
 

Perhaps there was a venue scheduling difficulty?  In any case, I don’t think it creates an unfair advantage or disadvantage, I just found it odd.   I don’t see any other situation like this in the entire Summit schedule.  

I heard it had something to do with a "hockey-ice-in-the-way" conflict for one of those schools on one of their two weekends of playing each other.  That one weekend being screwed up meant their other weekend together had to be symmetric.

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WIU bounces back with a big win in overtime against NDSU on the road.  The Leathernecks are still a force to be reckoned with in the Summit League.  That win by ORU on the road against Western Illinois is looking better and better.

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Big WIU win at NDSU....:wiu:

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One reason I like the win WIU had over the Bison is that it shows more parity in the league. The top five teams: SDSU, ORU, KC, WIU and NDSU can win on any given night. You may even be able to throw St. Thomas in there. Very good for our conference, in my opinion. Here's hoping that a few teams can knock off SDSU.

 

 

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Something that is crazy after seeing the UMKC plays at home again tonight versus Denver:

With their 2-week Covid pause, the Roos have not had to travel since getting back from Christmas break. Quite the advantage to sleep in your own bed and avoid traveling to open up your new year! Now of course it will all even out as the Summit League has made the wise decision to reschedule games rather than just not play them. It could be a busy second half of league play for the Roos in regards to travel!

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Denver leads UMKC by 7 (30-23) at halftime. 

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