The Summit League Men’s Basketball tournament will be played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The tournament championship game will be on Tuesday March 6th. The league has 11 member institutions and is in its 30th season as an NCAA Division I athletics’ conference.
SUU (13-16) is not entering the tourney on a high note. The T-Birds have lost four in a row and six of its last seven games. They have a 7-6 home record and are 4-10 on the road.
Oakland University, located in Michigan, is led by Summit League leading scorer Reggie Hamilton (25.5 points). Hamilton also is second in the league in assists (5.1), and first in steals (2). Corey Petros and Drew Valentine are also key contributors on the Golden Grizzlies as both players average seven rebounds per game, which puts them both in the top three in the league’s rebounding leaders.
SUU is led by Jackson Stevenett (14 pts and 5.7 rebounds), Ramell Taylor (11.8 pts), Damon Heuir (10.2), and Ray Jones Jr. (10).
The T-Birds lost both games to the Golden Grizzlies this season and were eliminated in last year’s Summit League tournament in the quarterfinals round by Oakland 82-66.
Oakland went on to win the Summit League championship over Oral Roberts 90-76, and represented the league well in their first round game of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Grizzlies earned a 13th seed and faced No. 4 seed Texas. They did come up short in losing to the Longhorns, but only by four points (85-81). In 2010, Oakland won the Summit League championship over IUPUI.
The T-Birds last won a Summit League tournament game in 2009 when they beat IUPUI 53-48 in the quarterfinals round.
No. 1 Oral Roberts v. No. 8 IPFW
No. 2 South Dakota State v. No. IUPUI
No. 3 Oakland v. No. 6 SUU
No. 4 Western Illinois v. No. 5 North Dakota State
Summit League Men’s Basketball Standings
1. Oral Roberts 17-1 (26-5 overall)
2. South Dakota State 15-3 (24-7)
3. Oakland 11-7 (17-14)
4. Western Illinois 9-9 (15-13)
5. North Dakota State 9-9 (17-12)
6. Southern Utah 8-10 (13-16)
7. IUPUI 7-11 (14-17)
8. IPFW 5-13 (11-18)
South Dakota 5-13 (10-18)
UMKC 4-14 (10-21)
SUU’s Season Results
76-75 over UC Davis Nov. 11, 2011
Loss 70-37 San Diego State
95-78 over Bryant University
63-60 over Montana-State Billings
Loss 65-62 Utah State
75-58 over Southern Virginia
Loss 80-76 Troy
Loss 61-55 Oral Roberts
Loss 84-66 Weber State
Loss 80-72 Troy
62-51 over UC Davis
81-75 over South Dakota
91-77 over UMKC
Loss 79-58 IPFW
Loss 75-68 South Dakota State
Loss 72-69 North Dakota State
72-64 over IUPUI
65-55 over Western Illinois
Loss 72-63 Oakland
58-56 over IPFW
57-47 over UMKC
62-60 over South Dakota
Loss 85-64 North Dakota State
Loss 66-56 South Dakota State
60-44 over Western Illinois
Loss 66-53 IUPUI
Loss 76-68 Oakland
Loss 57-52 UC Riverside
Loss 73-71 Oral Roberts Feb. 25