There is no way to even pretend ranking the Summit League one to nine would even be accurate at this point. So this week, we’re going to rank them by tiers.
Tier 1: The all around and consistent
North Dakota State & South Dakota
North Dakota State
Remaining Schedule: Wednesday @ Oral Roberts, Saturday @ Omaha
Remaining Schedule: Thursday @ Western Illinois, Saturday @ IUPUI
Let’s just put this out there right now: Neither of these teams are a lock to win both of their remaining games, but they are both guaranteed the top two spots in the Summit League tournament. The two top seeds have a day off in the bracket, assuming they win their first game.
South Dakota is playing two of the possible teams to end up as the 7th or 8th seed, so that’s nice.
Tier 2: The fun, but also frustrating to watch
Denver, Fort Wayne, Omaha, South Dakota State
Going into the final week of the regular season, all four teams could finish as high as 3rd in the Summit League or as low as 7th. Such a weird year. Amazingly, all four teams have fast paced offenses and struggle to find consistency on defense. These are most likely to be the 3 to 6 seeds in the Summit League tournament, and really all of their match ups will just come down to dumb fouls being called and watch coach doesn’t lose their mind in the middle of a first round tournament game.
Might be helpful if either of them can come up with some defensive stops in the tournament. That would be like asking Hugh Grant to actually be interesting in a movie.
I assume neither Denver, Fort Wayne, or Omaha want to play South Dakota State in Sioux Falls for the first round, and then possibly play South Dakota in the second round.
Remaining Schedule: Wednesday vs. Omaha, Saturday @ South Dakota State
Remaining Schedule: Thursday @ IUPUI, Saturday @ Western Illinois
Remaining Schedule: Wednesday @ Denver, Saturday vs. North Dakota State
South Dakota State
Remaining Schedule: Saturday vs. Denver
Tier 3: The IUPUI
The one thing keeping IUPUI out of Tier 2 is that they have so much inconsistency, you really have no idea what you’re getting when you see them play. They pick up wins against North Dakota State and Omaha one week, and then the next week drop games to Oral Roberts and South Dakota State. Still, they can finish as high as 3rd in the conference and as low as 8th.
Remaining Schedule: Thursday vs. Fort Wayne, Saturday vs. South Dakota
Tier 4: The Ouch
Oral Roberts and Western Illinois
Remaining Schedule: Wednesday vs. North Dakota State
I actually do not think a win Wednesday night will matter for the Golden Eagles. Even if they beat North Dakota State, Western Illinois swept Oral Roberts.
Albert Owens had a decent year.
Remaining Schedule: Thursday vs. South Dakota, Saturday vs. Fort Wayne
Good for the Leathernecks having their final two games at home, but the team that struggles to score is going to have to figure out a way to outscore two of the better offenses in the league in three days.