Summit League League Championship Game: South Dakota State-Western Illinois Preview, Prediction, Point Spread, TV Info

The Summit League Championship Game tips off Tuesday night, with the host South Dakota State Jackrabbits looking to earn the automatic bid by knocking off the Western Illinois Leathernecks.

Summit League Championship Game Info

  • Location: Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Time: 9:00 ET
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Point Spread: South Dakota State -9.5
  • Over/Under: 120.5

South Dakota State-Western Illinois Preview

SDSU went 13-3 in conference play, finishing in second place behind Oral Roberts, who Western Illinois upset in Monday’s Semifinal matchup.

The Jackrabbits swept the season series against the Leathernecks, with the most recent victory coming by 17 points on the same floor where these teams will meet tonight.

When SDSU Has The Ball

If for no other reason, you should tune in to watch South Dakota State junior Nate Wolters, who averages 21.5 points, 6.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.  He is one of the country’s most efficient players and is among the nation’s leaders in usage rate, assist rate, and turnover rate.


Nate Wolters hopes to lead South Dakota State into the NCAA Tournament. (Image via

Four SDSU players shoot over 40 percent from beyond the arc, which has helped propel them to the top of the Summit League in offensive efficiency.  Western Illinois ranks third in defensive efficiency, thanks in large part to a league-best turnover rate, but that will be tested against a South Dakota State squad that rarely turns the ball over.

When Western Illinois Has The Ball

Western Illinois boasts three double-digit scorers led by Ceola Clark III and Obi Emegano, and post man Terrell Parks has played well in the tournament and shoots nearly 62 percent from the field.  However, the Jackrabbits finished atop the league in defensive efficiency and should provide plenty of resistance on the defensive end.  In conference games, SDSU ranks first in defensive rebounding percentage and second in both effective field goal percentage defense and opponents’ free throw rate.

South Dakota State-Western Illinois Prediction

Don’t expect this to be a high-scoring affair, as the Leathernecks play at the slowest pace in all of college hoops.  South Dakota State is superior on both ends of the floor though, and I expect them to secure the automatic bid in front of a partisan home crowd.

About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms


  1. As I website possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling fantastic , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

  2. Terrific article! That is the type of information that are meant to be shared across the net.
    Disgrace on Google for no longer positioning this publish upper!

    Come on over and discuss with my site . Thank you =)

  3. Hey there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering
    which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting fed up of WordPress
    because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another
    platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a
    good platform.

  4. I have been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet
    I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth
    enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers
    made good content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  5. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some
    interesting things or advice. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I want to read even more things about it!

  6. Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this web page regularly, this web
    site is in fact fastidious and the users are in fact sharing pleasant thoughts.

  7. Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing
    very good results. If you know of any please share. Many thanks!

  8. Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a data! present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this site.

  9. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but,
    I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some ideas for your blog
    you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it
    expand over time.

  10. First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask
    if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing.
    I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my thoughts
    out. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally
    lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations
    or hints? Many thanks!

  11. What’s up it’s me, I am also visiting this web page on a regular basis, this web page is really good and the users are in fact sharing pleasant thoughts.

  12. Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this
    website? I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at
    alternatives for another platform. I would be
    fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  13. Having read this I believed it was really enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this information together.

    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  14. I always used to study piece of writing in news papers but
    now as I am a user of net therefore from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

  15. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back
    to your site? My website is in the exact same area of interest as yours and
    my users would really benefit from some of the
    information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with
    you. Cheers!

  16. Saved as a favorite, I like your site!

  17. I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts in this kind of space .
    Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this web site.
    Reading this info So i’m satisfied to express that I have an incredibly excellent uncanny
    feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most definitely will make sure to do not disregard this website and give it
    a glance regularly.

  18. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having a tough time
    locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email.
    I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing.

    Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it expand
    over time.

  19. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar
    one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam feedback?
    If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

  20. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?

    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard
    time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most
    blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  21. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the
    same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have
    done a outstanding job!

  22. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different web address and thought I may as well check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to checking out your web page for a second time.

  23. Hi there it’s me, I am also visiting this web site on a regular basis,
    this site is genuinely pleasant and the viewers are genuinely sharing
    nice thoughts.

  24. Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it ;) I will return yet again since i have bookmarked it.
    Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  25. If some one needs expert view regarding blogging and site-building afterward i advise him/her to go to see this weblog, Keep up the good work.

  26. Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you have the
    opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

  27. I was extremely pleased to uncover this site.
    I wanted to thank you for your time for this particularly
    fantastic read!! I definitely savored every bit of it and I
    have you bookmarked to check out new stuff on your website.

  28. Everyone loves it when individuals come together and share thoughts.
    Great website, keep it up!

  29. I’ll immediately take hold of your rss as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription hyperlink or newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly let me recognise in order that I may subscribe.

Speak Your Mind