Summit League Tournament 2013 schedule and bracket: Favorites advance to semifinals

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

The top teams in the Summit League are still alive.

Summit League No. 1 South Dakota State joins Fort Wayne, Western Illinois, and North Dakota State in the semifinals of the 2013 conference tournament. The Jackrabbits will face Fort Wayne for a trip to the title game at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, with Western Illinois and North Dakota State to follow at Sioux Falls Arena.

South Dakota State opened the tournament with a 66-49 quarterfinal win over IUPUI on Saturday. After that, No. 2 Western Illinois narrowly avoided an upset by topping No. 7 South Dakota, 54-53.

The second group of quarterfinals took place on Sunday, with No. 5 Fort Wayne grabbing the only "upset" of the tournament thus far. The Mastodons defeated No. 4 Detroit in blowout fashion, 91-72. IPFW will meet South Dakota State in the semis.

The Jackrabbits took both meetings during the conference schedule, the first being an 83-57 dismantling at home. The Mastodons showed more fight on their own court, losing just 80-74.

Western Illinois will face No. 3 North Dakota State, who beat Kansas City in the final quarterfinal game on Sunday night. UND is the highest rated Summit League team on, but Western Illinois took both regular-season matchups.

The remaining schedule is below, a complete bracket can be found at the Summit League's official site.

Monday, March 11: Semifinals.

No. 1 South Dakota State vs. Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.

No. 2 Western Illinois vs. North Dakota State, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12: Championship game, 9 p.m. (televised on ESPN2)

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