We’ve officially crossed the midpoint of the Summit League season as all eight teams have played seven or more games. It’s now time for the grudge matches as the road to the title heats up. Once again here’s how the conference stacks up from ass end to top of the mountain.
The Ass End
- Western Illinois 10-10 (1-6) LW: 8
Last Week: L 70-58 at Denver, L 80-69 (NICE) at North Dakota State
The Leathernecks claim the bottom spot in the Ass End as the lone team to drop two games the past week. With the worst record in conference play, WIU needs some help to escape the Ass End, and no help is on it’s way as they host the Yotes this week.
This Week: Thu vs. South Dakota, Sat. vs. Oral Roberts
- Omaha 7-16 (2-5) LW: 6
Last Week: L 73-58 at North Dakota State
Slow times down in Omaha as the Mavericks played just one game last week and one game this week. They drop into the Ass End of this after a 15-point loss to North Dakota State. Good luck Omaha. You’re gonna need it to get out.
This Week: Tue at South Dakota State
What the Hell are you Doing?
- Oral Roberts 9-15 (3-4) LW: 5
Last Week: W 93-66 vs. East Texas Baptist, W 105-74 vs. Nebraska Christian
To quote the great Paul “Wrecking” Crewe: Oral Roberts went and played a pair of slack-dick Division II schools this week. But, they didn’t. East Texas Baptist is Division III and Nebraska Christian reigns from the NAIA. What the hell were you doing this week ORU? Yeah, you won a pair of games, but no, these will not help you with a rigorous Summit League schedule. And, no ORU, we will not teach you to basketball.
This Week: Thu at Fort Wayne, Sat at Western Illinois
- Denver 10-12 (4-4) LW: 7
Last Week: W 70-58 vs. Western Illinois, W 84-68 vs. South Dakota
Watch out Summit League. Denver is pulling a Jeffersons and moving on up to The Wannabes. Their 4-4 conference record is now good for fourth-place. They accomplished this by taking down last week’s No. 8 and No. 1 teams at home. We’ll see if they can move up again as they travel to Fort Wayne for their lone contest this week.
This Week: Sat at Fort Wayne
- Fort Wayne 14-10 (3-4) LW: 3
Last Week: L 78-76 at South Dakota State
A slow week for Fort Wayne as they dropped their only game to the school up north. 50-second half-points weren’t quite enough for the Mastodons to erase a 43-26 halftime deficit.
This Week: Thu vs. Oral Roberts, Sat vs. Denver
- North Dakota State 12-10 (4-3) LW: 4
Last Week: W 73-58 vs. Omaha, W 80-69 (NICE) vs. Western Illinois
The Bison took on both Ass End teams this week and won, so they move up after Fort Wayne’s winless week. However, things get a hell of a lot tougher for NDSU. This week they head to Brookings to take on the school up north before hosting our Coyotes. A pair of wins could push the Bison to the top, but I don’t see it happening.
This Week: Thu at South Dakota State, Sat vs. South Dakota
It’s a South Dakota League
- South Dakota State 18-6 (6-1) LW: 2
Last Week: L 87-68 at South Dakota, W 78-76 vs. Fort Wayne
The school up north escaped with a win over Fort Wayne by holding off a second half Mastodons charge. That was enough to keep them in the No. 2 spot for this week. While they currently own the best record in the conference, to be the best you have to beat the best, and they couldn’t get it done in front of a raucous Coyote crowd.
This Week: Tue vs. Omaha, Thu vs. North Dakota State
But it’s a Coyote State
- South Dakota 18-6 (6-2) LW: 1
Last Week: W 87-68 vs. South Dakota State, L 84-68 at Denver
As you all know and many of you have witnessed, the Yotes destroyed the Bunnies last Wednesday with the help of 30 Matt Mooney points. A 19-point victory against a 3-point spread sent the Coyote faithful home happy. USD followed up the big win with a slightly embarrassing loss at red hot Denver on Saturday, but sorry SDSU, we won and it’s officially a Coyote State.
This Week: Thu at Western Illinois, Sat at North Dakota State