There’s just one Summit League team (men’s and women’s) that hasn’t played at least 10 games. Most teams reached double-digit games this week. Western Illinois (men) have only played nine games as of 9:34 this morning.
Summit League Men’s Hoops
— There were only a few close games this week. Omaha beat Arkansas State 77-74 and snapped its three game losing streak. The Mavericks had a solid 35-26 lead at half but Arkansas State outscored them 48-42 in a big second half only to fall short. Zach Jackson scored 22 points and is averaging 19.8 ppg in the Mavericks last six games. Highlight of the night was this sick puback by Matt Pile.
— Other than that there wasn’t much happening for close games this week. NDSU won by 43, SDSU won by 36 over UND, Denver lost by freakin 20 to Northern Colorado and South Dakota beat Northern Arizona by 13.
— Jackrabbit junior got featured in ESPN on Thursday. He also like to talk during movies. Weird lol.
— NDSU shot 70.2 percent against Valley City State on Tuesday, which isn’t that impressive considering they are a NAIA school but still a hot stat.
— BIGGEST play of the week so far was def USD’s Carlton Hurst’s slam against NAU.
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— The rest of the week is big for Summit League squads. Four teams have games against some of the top talent in the NCAA.
— The Jackrabbits play Pac-12 team Colorado tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes are 7-3 but have lost two straight. It’ll be the fourth power five game for SDSU THIS season.
— Denver also faces a Pac-12 team in Stanford at 9 p.m. on the same network. The Cardinal is struggling this season with a 4-6 record. On the line is Denver’s three-point streak. The Pioneers have made at least one long-range ball in 356 games.
— Oral Roberts travels to Dunk City and will face Florida Gulf Coast Saturday at 7:15 p.m. It’ll be the first meeting between the two teams. Game will actually be on ESPN3.
Look for Javan White to have a big impact in this game as well as protecting the rim. The redshirt sophomore has four double doubs in ORU’s last five games.
— On Sunday USD plays an evening game (5 p.m.) at San Jose State on the Mountain West Network. The Coyotes have won three straight after that 16-point loss to #1 Duke.
— Fort Wayne hosts Stetson Saturday at 2 p.m. Nice afternoon game nothing too special though. Also, Omaha tests their 2-0 home record Sunday at 1 p.m. against Cornell College.
Summit League Women’s Hoops
— Sorry lady basketball fans but you know better than me there were no games this week. However, a lot of games this weekend.
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— The #2 team in the mid-major rankings takes on Creighton at 4 p.m. this afternoon (Friday). Creighton is 5-3 but is riding a two-game winning streak. The Jackrabbits are 1-3 on the road against the Big East team but there is bad blood in this series. Last year the Bluejays snapped SDSU’s 22-game home winning streak. I expect SDSU to come out firing behind Macy Miller who is averaging 17 ppg. The Jackrabbits will also travel to Drake Sunday with tipoff set for 2 p.m.
— Oral Roberts is in an odd mid season tournament at the Shocker Winter Classic as they play Alcorn State today at 4 p.m. and Chicago State at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Two back-to-back games should be a good test for ORU.
— I’d say the toughest test of the weekend is on Fort Wayne’s plastic plate. The Mastodons are 3-7 this season and will play #21 Michigan Saturday at 2 p.m. It’s the first time since 2014 that Fort Wayne plays a ranked team. This could get real ugly. I think the Mastodons will lose by 30-plus. But a big butt is that Fort Wayne has won its last two games on this date.
— Denver takes on Utah State at 3 p.m. Saturday. This will be a high scoring game in my opinion. The Aggies are allowing 71.8 ppg and the Pioneers are averaging a cool 35.9 ppg just in the second half.
— Last but not the least considering they are having a good season is NDSU. They host Cal Poly Saturday at 7 p.m. on MidcoSN/ESPN3. NDSU is 5-5 this year and will face Cal Poly for just the second time (1-1) all time. The Mustangs just got blown out by Minnesota a few days ago by 44. This is going to be a close contest. Both teams were picked sixth in their respective conferences but I give the advantage to NDSU with it being a home game.