The Summit League Tournament is set to hit Sioux Falls Arena from March 9-12 as an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is up for grabs.
The Summit League was one of the better mid-major conferences in the country this past season. Teams like South Dakota State, Western Illinois and North Dakota State find themselves in a possible Cinderella role. No one will really given them much of a chance should they reach the NCAA Tournament, but they have the talent and experience to make a run.
The quarterfinals are set to begin on Saturday evening. The first game will pit No. 1 seed South Dakota State against No. 8 IUPUI. The second will have second-seeded Western Illinois take on South Dakota.
On Sunday, No. 4 Oakland will face No. 5 Fort Wayne, and then No. 3 North Dakota State will play No. 6 Kansas City. The winners of these quarterfinals will square off in the semifinals, with the winners of those games then playing for the conference championship. A full look at the bracket can be found here.
Despite being the No. 3 seed, North Dakota State is the most dangerous in the field this year. According to Kenpom's efficiency ratings, NDSU is the 73rd best team in the nation thanks to a stout defense and serviceable offensive attack. South Dakota State is rated second-best at 110. These two rivals could meet up in the championship game.
|Saturday, March 9||Time (ET)|
|Game 1: (1) South Dakota State vs. (8) IUPUI||7 p.m.|
|Game 2: (2) Western Illinois vs. (7) South Dakota||9:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, March 10||Time (ET)|
|Game 3: (4) Oakland vs. (5) Fort Wayne||7 p.m.|
|Game 4: (3) North Dakota State vs. (6) Kansas City||9:30 p.m.|
|Monday, March 11||Time (ET)|
|Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3||7 p.m.|
|Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4||9:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, March 12||Time (ET)|
|Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6||9 p.m.|