Western Illinois @ South Dakota on ESPN+
I’ve got this idea for a movie. It’s like a comedy version of “The Expendables.” We round up them comedy Hollywood folk like: Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Steve Carell, Dave Chappelle, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, and more and it’s just a movie about them playing themselves trying to come up with a parody to “The Expendables” but none of them can stay on track long enough to put together a movie, and they get in a bunch of craziness along the way.
Okay, was that a bigger waste of time to read about, or would it have been a bigger waste of time to hear about a basketball game we already know the outcome to?
Omaha @ Oral Roberts on ESPN3
Think about how much the Mavericks had to overcome to defeat the Golden Eagles in Baxter Arena. Now think of how bad JT Gibson has been struggling shooting the basketball, he’s shot 15% on threes over the last three games, and 23% overall from the field. Also throw in the fact that Zach Thornhill stole the ball and sprinted down the court to throw down a monstrous dunk as time expired when the Mavericks were already up by 5, and how that must have upset the Golden Eagles.
Denver @ South Dakota State
Fort Wayne @ North Dakota State on ESPN+
I’m going over these games together, as it’s fitting both of these match ups take place on Valentine’s Day. South Dakota State and North Dakota State are the most beloved teams in the Summit League, so I find it ironic they both get home games on Valentine’s Day against the two teams with the least amount of love in the Summit. Fort Wayne won’t even be in the conference next season, and Denver wishes they weren’t in the conference next season.
It’s so beautiful The Summit League honored Valentine’s Day with match ups that make you feel like you’re watching a bad relationship end, and another game that just plays out like an abusive relationship you want to see end, but the Pioneers think they cannot find anything better.
North Dakota @ Western Illinois on ESPN3
The Summit League and ESPN3 invite you to take in a basketball production so low in quality you’ll question if the broadcasters are in an active pursuit to ruin your Saturday. Yes, tune in to listen to two grown men get paid to mispronounce 19 year old kids’ last names, as they dribble the ball off their knees and miss contested driving floaters 18 feet away from the basket for some damn reason. You’ll be so frustrated watching this game, you may even take up reading novels again.
Why take Western Illinois in this game, you ask? Just because they are the home team, and every team in this conference has been so bad on the road that it just seems like a safe bet? That, yeah sure, but also because these teams aren’t far enough away in talent, depth, or just about anything, but CJ Duff is a good enough defender to throw Marlon Stewart off on the road to give the Leathernecks an actual chance in a basketball game. Also, Ben Pyle has a chance to outplay Kienan Walter on the perimeter and go off for a big day, and whenever Pyle plays big, the Leathernecks play big. I get that’s rare.
South Dakota @ Oral Roberts on ESPN3
The Golden Eagles have already lost to one South Dakota team at home this season. Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Kevin Obanor aren’t great at defending big guys on the perimeter like Tyler Hagedorn.
Fort Wayne @ South Dakota State on ESPN+
Things Fort Wayne would have to do to win this basketball game:
- Be good at perimeter defense to slow down Douglas Wilson and Matt Dentlinger
- Actually, be good at defense in general
- Be good on the road
- Not turn the ball over
- Make free throws
Things South Dakota State has to do to win this game
- Show up
Denver @ Omaha
Jace Townsend had to shoot 8-of-10 on threes to give the Pioneers a win in Denver, and that’s not likely to happen on the road at Omaha. The Pioneers shot 55% overall from the field in that game, and they are capable of shooting well on the road, but the young Pioneers have a tough weekend on the road at South Dakota State and Omaha.
JT Gibson is going to have to get out of his current shooting slump for the Mavericks not to drop another game at home. With the lack of depth of the Mavericks, they cannot afford one of their captains shooting 23% from the floor. Not many teams could.