Nate Wolters led the South Dakota State Jackrabbits to a their first NCAA Tournament appearance last year, and this year the dynamic scorer got them their first ever conference title.
The 6'4 guard willed SDSU to victory after victory this season: he's fourth in the nation with an average of 22.8 points and has the highest scoring output of any college basketball player this year, 53 points in a game against IPFW in which he drained nine threes. He had 28 in a win over New Mexico, the Lobos' first loss and the Jackrabbits' only win over a ranked team this season, and averaged 25 points against a pair of wins against Western Illinois - wins that ended up securing South Dakota State the conference title, as the Leathernecks also finished the year 13-3 and only ended up second thanks to the head-to-head losses against SDSU.
However, with the tourney approaching, its tough to say South Dakota State will be able to make any noise. The win over New Mexico is something few teams can boast, but other than that, there's not much impressive: they went just 5-6 in non-conference games against Division I teams.
There's not much elsewhere in the conference either: Western Illinois also ended the year 13-3, but got the second seed as a result of head-to-head losses to South Dakota State, but they have losses to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Savannah State, and Evansville on their non-conference docket. North Dakota State is next at 12-4, and although they don't have any embarrassing losses, they don't have any good wins either. All this ensures the Summit will be a one-bid league, ready for Wolters to win if he heats up for South Dakota State.
Here's a full look at the conference standings:
|South Dakota State||13-3||22-9|
|North Dakota State||12-4||22-8|