1. South Dakota
After winning 4 in a row, the Coyotes are the first Summit League team to reach 10 wins. The Coyotes had to rally back from a 12 point deficit on the road at San Jose State. Tyler Hagedorn scored 27 points on 6-of-8 on threes on Sunday to help out the rally. One of the fears of South Dakota heading into this season was that their interior game may be a little thin, but with Hagedorn playing like Mike Daum, the Coyotes really have a chance to show that they are the better team.
2. South Dakota State
Kind of nice that they were able to defeat future Summit League opponent North Dakota by 36, and then they were able to take Colorado to overtime over the weekend.
In their 36 point win over North Dakota, the Jackrabbits still had starter Reed Tellinghuisen out on the floor to end the game, as well as key bench players. They actually have such a lack of depth they had to play a starter in garbage time. Having Mike Daum is obviously great, but can the Jackrabbits keep moving at such a high pace all season without a complete lineup?
3. Western Illinois
They didn’t play any games last week. Welp, see ya later.
4. North Dakota State
The Bison played Valley City State last week. That, could be a college? They shot 70% against the…Valley Cityers?
Even though they had a game that was basically just an open practice, they were still able to play competition and only play AJ Jacobson 15 minutes, as well as provide some experience for their youthful bench.
5. Fort Wayne
The Mastodons were able to pick up a win over the weekend against Stetson, and a win is a win, but the Bison were able to beat Stetson by 36 earlier in the year.
Bryson Scott is leading the League in scoring so far, so good for him. John Konchar leads the conference in rebounds, and that’s nice.
The ‘Dons are currently 7th in the Summit League in three point field goal percentage, shooting 35% on threes. Isn’t shooting threes their thing? Sort of, since they lead the conference in three point field goals attempted per game with 28 per game.
Along with Omaha and Denver, Fort Wayne is one of three teams in the conference that average more turnovers than assists. The ‘Dons have talent on their basketball team, but they probably shouldn’t expect to get past day one of the Summit League tournament in March if they cannot play efficiently with that talent.
6. Oral Roberts
Players transferring, suspensions, and injuries are just a few of the problems for the Golden Eagles but they were able to pick up two wins in a row, including a 19 point win over Florida Gulf Coast.
The Golden Eagles are going to be the interior team this year in the Summit league. Javan White had 25 points and 11 rebounds against FGSU and Emmanuel Nzekwesi posted 24 points and 11 rebounds in the same game. Granted, the Golden Eagles are also experiencing such a lack of depth because of their issues that they have to play White and Nzekwesi for almost every meaningful second of every game, but the Golden Eagles may be able to pick up some unexpected conference wins this season if they can rebound, defend, and take care of the basketball against some of their high paced competition in the Summit League.
I have a mini panic attack whenever a Maverick player falls down.
The Pioneers have the worst assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference. They also force the least amount of turnovers, as well as have the fewest blocks in the Summit League so far. They’re also 7th in the conference in scoring. Denver has had the weakest strength of schedule in the Summit League.
Aren’t the Pioneers supposed to be playing at a high pace and scoring a bunch of points? They also returned almost their entire roster, which won’t matter if they cannot play defense.