2019-20 Summit League Men's Basketball Season
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2019%E2%80%9320 Summit League Men's Basketball Season
2019-20 Summit League men's basketball season
Summit League logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportBasketball
DurationNovember 2019
through March 2020
Number of teams9
Regular Season
Tournament
Summit League men's basketball seasons
2020-21 ->
2019-20 Summit League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
13 3   .813     25 8   .758
13 3   .813     22 10   .688
South Dakota 10 6   .625     20 12   .625
Oral Roberts 9 7   .563     17 14   .548
Omaha 9 7   .563     16 16   .500
North Dakota 7 9   .438     15 18   .455
6 10   .375     14 19   .424
Denver 3 13   .188     7 24   .226
Western Illinois 2 14   .125     5 21   .192
+ 2020 Summit League Tournament winner
As of May 19, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019-20 Summit League men's basketball season began in October 2019 with practices, followed by the start of the 2019-20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in early November. Conference play began in late December, and concludes on the final day of February 2020. The 2020 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament begins and concludes in early March 2020, and leads into the 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Head Coaches

Head Coach Changes

Team Departing Coach Reason New Head Coach Previous Job
North Dakota Brian Jones Took offer as Assistant HC at Illinois St. Paul Sather HC at Northern St. (DII)
South Dakota State T. J. Otzelberger Took offer as HC of UNLV Eric Henderson Assistant at South Dakota State

Head Coach Records

As of beginning of 2019-20 season.

Team Coach Seasons w/ Team* DI Record w/ Team All-time Summit Record Conference Regular Season Titles NCAA DI Tournament appearances NCAA DI Tournament Record
Denver Rodney Billups 4 39-51 (.433) 19-27 (.413) 0 0 0-0 (.000)
North Dakota Paul Sather 1 0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000) 0 0 0-0 (.000)
North Dakota State David Richman 6 96-67 (.589) 45-33 (.577) 1 (2015) 2 (2015, 2019) 1-2 (.333)
Omaha Derrin Hansen 15 (9 DI, 6 DII) 115-130 (.469) 52-56 (.481) 0 0 0-0 (.000)
Oral Roberts Paul Mills 3 22-41 (.349) 12-18 (.400) 0 0 0-0 (.000)
Purdue Fort Wayne Jon Coffman 6 95-66 (.590) 45-33 (.577) 1 (2016) 0 0-0 (.000)
South Dakota Todd Lee 2 13-17 (.433) 7-9 (.438) 0 0 0-0 (.000)
South Dakota State Eric Henderson 1 0-0 (.000) 0-0 (.000) 0 0 0-0 (.000)
Western Illinois Billy Wright 6 48-94 (.338) 18-60 (.231) 0 0 0-0 (.000)
*2019-20 season included, and seasons in other divisions marked.

Preseason

Preseason Conference Poll

The Summit League released a poll in early October, which was voted on by a panel of the 9 head coaches, sports information directors and select media members. With a majority of the 34 voters, North Dakota State was deemed the favorite.[1]

Rank Team Points First Place Votes
1 North Dakota State 526 23
2 South Dakota 457 6
3 Oral Roberts 404 3
4 Omaha 369 0
5 South Dakota State 300 2
6 Purdue Fort Wayne 224 0
7 Western Illinois 188 0
8 North Dakota 164 0
9 Denver 113 0

Preseason All-Summit League teams

The Summit League released its preseason All-Summit League first team and second team. A Preseason Player of the Year was also announced, and automatically is gifted a spot on first team.[1]

Honor Player Year School
2019-20 Preseason Summit League Player of the Year Stanley Umude Junior South Dakota
2019-20 Preseason All-Summit League First Team Emmanuel Nzekwesi Senior Oral Roberts
Kevin Obanor Sophomore Oral Roberts
Vinnie Shahid Senior North Dakota State
Triston Simpson Senior South Dakota
Stanley Umude Junior South Dakota
Kobe Webster Junior Western Illinois
2019-20 Preseason All-Summit League Second Team Tyler Hagedorn Senior South Dakota
JT Gibson Senior Omaha
Matt Hobla Senior Purdue Fort Wayne
Matt Pile Junior Omaha
Tyson Ward Senior North Dakota State

Regular Season

Early Season Tournaments

Seven of the nine Summit League teams participated in early season event, which could be a multi-team event, or a tournament. The two teams who didn't participate in one of these tournaments were Oral Roberts and Western Illinois.[2]

Team Tournament/Event Finish
Omaha Cayman Islands Classic-Mainland 1st (of 4)
South Dakota Collegiate Hoops Roadshow N/A
South Dakota Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic 1st (of 4)
North Dakota State Islander Invitational 2nd (of 4)
South Dakota State Indiana Challenge N/A
North Dakota Minnesota MTE N/A
North Dakota Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic N/A
Purdue Fort Wayne Ohio State Classic N/A
Denver Cable Car Classic T-2 (of 4)

Summit League Challenges

The Summit League played in both the Summit League/WAC Challenge and the Big Sky/Summit Challenges.[2] The games and results are as follows:

Big Sky/Summit Challenge

Away Team Score Home Team Date and Time
North Dakota State 70-53 Idaho Nov. 26, 10 p.m. ET
South Dakota State 70-77 Montana State Dec. 5, 10 p.m.
North Dakota 70-77 Montana Dec. 6, 9 p.m.
North Dakota 82-98 Eastern Washington Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.
Montana State 65-79 North Dakota State Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
Omaha 56-97 Eastern Washington Dec. 17, 9 p.m.
Montana 82-87 (OT) Omaha Dec. 21, 1 p.m.
Idaho 57-85 South Dakota State Dec. 21, 8 p.m.

The Summit League won a total of 4 of the 8 games, therefore splitting the challenge.

Summit League/WAC Challenge

After last year's loss in the Summit League/WAC Challenge by a score of 6-3,[3] the Summit League looked to win the challenge this year.

Away Team Score Home Team Date and Time
South Dakota State 93-91 (2OT) Cal State Bakersfield Nov. 9, 10 p.m.
Utah Valley 68-62 North Dakota State Nov. 23, 6 p.m.
South Dakota 84-83 Cal Baptist Nov. 27, 10 p.m.
Purdue Fort Wayne 71-60 Grand Canyon Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
Western Illinois 67-68 Kansas City Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
New Mexico State 72-67 Denver Dec. 10, 9 p.m.
UTRGV 82-92 Omaha Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m.
Oral Roberts 97-59 Chicago State Dec. 17, 8 p.m.

The Summit League won this year's Summit League/WAC Challenge, a total of 5 games to 3 games.[3]

Player of the Week

Each Monday during the season, the Summit League offices chose one or maybe two players to be named Player of the Week.

Week Player Team
November 11, 2019[4] Douglas Wilson South Dakota State
November 18, 2019[5] Tyler Hagerdorn South Dakota
November 25, 2019[6] J.T. Gibson Omaha
December 2, 2019[7] Jarred Godfrey Purdue Fort Wayne
December 9, 2019[8] Rocky Kreuser North Dakota State
December 16, 2019[9] Vinnie Shahid North Dakota State (2)
December 23, 2019[10] Marlon Stewart North Dakota
December 30, 2019[11] Matt Pile Omaha (2)
Zion Young Western Illinois
January 6, 2020[12] Marlon Stewart (2) North Dakota (2)
January 13, 2020[13] Deondre Burns Oral Roberts
January 20, 2020[14] Tyson Ward North Dakota State (3)
January 27, 2020[15] Marlon Stewart (3) North Dakota (3)
February 3, 2020[16] Tyler Hagedorn (2) South Dakota (2)
February 10, 2020[17] Vinnie Shahid (2) North Dakota State (4)
February 17, 2020
February 24, 2020
March 2, 2020

Athlete of the Month

In addition to the player of week, the Summit League also announces an athlete of the month, across of all sports, but separated by gender. So far, two players have been given the honor: Tyler Hagedorn in November,[18] Emmanuel Nzekwesi in December,[19] and Tyler Hagedorn again in January.[20]

Conference Matrix

This table summarizes the head to head results of each team in the Summit League. Each team plays 16 games, a home and away against all teams. Updated through 2/7.

Denver North Dakota North Dakota State Omaha Oral Roberts Purdue Fort Wayne South Dakota South Dakota State Western Illinois
vs. Denver - 2-0 2-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0
vs. North Dakota 0-2 - 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 0-1
vs. North Dakota State 0-2 0-1 - 0-1 1-1 0-1 0-1 1-0 0-2
vs. Omaha 1-0 0-1 1-0 - 0-1 0-1 2-0 1-1 0-1
vs. Oral Roberts 0-1 1-1 1-1 1-0 - 0-1 1-0 2-0 0-1
vs. Purdue Fort Wayne 0-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 - 1-1 1-0 0-2
vs. South Dakota 0-2 0-1 1-0 0-2 0-1 1-1 - 0-1 1-0
vs. South Dakota State 0-1 0-1 0-1 1-1 0-2 0-1 1-0 - 0-2
vs. Western Illinois 0-1 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 0-1 2-0 -
Total 1-10 5-6 9-2 5-5 5-6 5-6 8-3 9-2 2-9

Postseason

Summit League Conference Tournament

Quarterfinals
March 7 & 8
Semifinals
March 9
Final
March 10
         
1 North Dakota State 71
8 Denver 69
1 North Dakota State 75
4 Oral Roberts 69
4 Oral Roberts 79
5 Omaha 52
1 North Dakota State 89
6 North Dakota 53
2 South Dakota State 74
7 Purdue Fort Wayne 77
7 Purdue Fort Wayne 56
6 North Dakota 73
3 South Dakota 71
6 North Dakota 74

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20191006xaujfe
  2. ^ a b https://www.bloggingthebracket.com/2018/10/24/18020280/2019-20-college-basketball-early-season-tournaments-events-mte-neutral-site-showcases-thanksgiving
  3. ^ a b https://wacsports.com/tournaments/summitwacchallenge/2019-20/index
  4. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20191111mep21h
  5. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20191118lownea
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  8. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20191209m20a2c
  9. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20191216j4e06m
  10. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20191223hf4tyn
  11. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20191230jpe5l3
  12. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20200106lolgk8
  13. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20200113kkwmuw
  14. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20200120l0iqbt
  15. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20200127k84y5v
  16. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20200203hw030i
  17. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/sports/mbkb/2019-20/releases/20200210fhfrdz
  18. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/general/2019-20/releases/20191206hurte5
  19. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200108qnl2iu
  20. ^ http://www.thesummitleague.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200205lfhais

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