First, the Summit League standings are pretty much the same. Even the Power Rankings didn't change much through the weekend. But if you somehow missed IUPUI's drubbing - and I do mean drubbing - of IPFW and Oakland, you may have missed the best games of the year in Indianapolis. The Jags came roaring out against IPFW. Five scorers in double digits, a whole mess of three pointers from Sean, and a clear cut victory against the tied-for-second-in-the-win-column Mastodons.
But then the real treat showed itself on Saturday. The women played their guts out, coming back from a huge deficit to tie the game with just seconds left...and then they fouled. Less than three seconds left, one made free throw, an intentional miss, and they lost. But a one-point loss to the Summit League's second best team was a very good outcome. The ladies fought hard and nearly stole one...a great omen of things to come for the men.
The guys come out with a clear game plan: Take the ball to the paint. Alex, Leroy, Stephen, and Christian all did just that. Oakland big-man and probable NBA first-rounder Keith Benson tried to take over things early, but could get going with the four-on-one attack inside. He was quickly off the court, and second-up Will Hudson couldn't come close to slowing the Jaguars down. The Grizz attempted a come back via jump shots, but as anyone who follows the sport knows, the closer you are more you will score. IUPUI won in the paint 58-34. The final of 100-88 doesn't give the Jaguars their just deserves for just how well they played.
Alex Young won the January Summit League Player of the Month Award for his performance through the month. He went for 22.4 points (50% FG, 71% FT), 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.3 steals. Oh and he won the Summit League Player of the Week Award after going for 27.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists against the #1 and #2 teams in the League.
Oakland is still on top of the power rankings, but they are looking a lot less dangerous after the game at Conseco. Besides Oakland and IUPUI, no one really scares me TOO much, but hey it's The League. Anything is possible, right?
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UPDATED SUMMIT LEAGUE TRUE STANDINGS
Oral Roberts (8-5)
Southern Utah (3-9)
Western Illinois (2-10)
CURRENT TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS
1 Oakland v 8 Southern Utah
2 IUPUI v 7 NDST
3 IPFW v 6 SDST
4 Oral Roberts v 5 UMKC
For the record, if the standings hold, I NEED to be there for the day-two games. Any of those four teams playing any of the other four will be incredible good, and I hear rumors about South Dakota State's fans being out of their minds. I mean, what else is there to do in South Dakota? (I've been there. Unless you have a snow sled, the answer is nothing at all.)