Summit League predictions: Jan 22-25

Okay, while last week was a week for the Dakotas in the conference, this week it is just Omaha and the Dakotas with home games.  Scheduling is weird.

January 22nd

North Dakota State @ South Dakota State on ESPN3

If Douglas Wilson is not playing, the Bison sure do have a strong advantage.

January 23rd

Western Illinois @ Omaha

The worst rebounding team in the conference will go on the road to face the best rebounder in the conference. The Leathernecks have not won on the road in over 2 months.  In their two conference road games so far, they allowed South Dakota State and North Dakota State to shoot 51% from the floor.

If Matt Pile, JT Gibson, and KJ Robinson can play to their usual abilities, they should be able to extend their home winning streak to 15 games.  If not, I’m going to be a sad boy/

Denver @ North Dakota on ESPN+

I legitimately don’t have anything to say about this game.  Just one of the least interesting games of the year.

Fort Wayne @ South Dakota on ESPN+

The Mastodons were able to take advantage of a sore South Dakota team in Fort Wayne, perhaps the Coyotes are looking for a little revenge with Triston Simpson back at full strength.

January 25th

Denver @ North Dakota State on ESPN3

The Pioneers did win in Fargo in January two years ago in a down year for the Bison.  The teams have gone in opposite directions since then. The Bison’s love of controlling the pace and amount of possessions might be too much for the youthful Pioneers.

Oral Roberts @ South Dakota on ESPN3

Despite what the Summit League will want you to believe, this will be the game of the week.

South Dakota appears to be back to full health, but Oral Roberts is on a tear winning their last 4 games by 15 or more points.

Western Illinois @ North Dakota

These teams have the same amount of depth, Paul Sather’s team isn’t striving in the three point offense he prefers, but they do have decent shooters and should hopefully strive against the worst defense in the conference.

Fort Wayne @ Omaha

Usually a great game you never know who will win until it’s over, but this isn’t the same Fort Wayne team we’ve seen the last 4 years.


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