clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Our favorites, sleepers, and dark horses in the 2021 Summit League basketball tournament

We take a look at one favorite, one sleeper and one dark horse candidate to win it all in the 2021 Summit Conference men's basketball tournament.

NCAA Basketball: Summit Conference Tournament Championship-North Dakota vs North Dakota State Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Summit League Conference Tournament will tip off on Saturday, March 6th for the quarterfinals. Eight of the nine teams in the Summit will be participating in the tournament with only the Denver Pioneers left out in a conference that is likely to get just one team into the NCAA Tournament field. The entire event will be held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a champion will be crowned on March 9th.

We’ll be taking a look at some of the best teams in each conference, and providing picks and predictions for each conference tournament. Plenty of favorites will win, but we’ve got some sleepers to consider that might be able to pull off a big upset on the way to the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s the bracket for the Summit Conference Tournament with TV listings, dates and times.

Favorite: South Dakota State

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits played the least amount of conference games in the Summit League, but their winning percentage has them as the No. 1 seed in the tournament. In addition, South Dakota State has by far the best overall record in the conference at 15-6. The Jackrabbits lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage, so this is a dangerous team from deep.

Sleeper: Oral Roberts

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are the No. 4 seed, but they might have the best offense in the Summit League. Oral Roberts ranks No. 1 in the conference with 82 points per game. In addition, the Golden Eagles knock down 3-pointers at a 39.2% rate, which is second in the conference. Defensively is where they struggle, as Oral Roberts is ranked No. 297 in adjusted defensive efficiency in the country, but a hot shooting stretch can hide that.

Dark Horse: North Dakota

As the No. 6 seed of an eight-team tournament, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are a long shot. North Dakota went 8-8 in conference play and enter the tournament winning three of their last four games. Junior forward Filip Rebraca is averaging 17.2 points per game, which ranks sixth in the conference, and freshman guard Tyree Ihenacho leads the Summit League with 4.2 assists per game.