03 March 2016

2016 Summit League Tournament Predictions

America loves the Summit League. Or at least I think-slash-hope they do. And if they don't, then it's too bad because the 2016 Summit League Tournament kicks off this Saturday evening from what we call the "Queen City of the West", Sioux Falls. This is a tournament that more often than not features a 1-2 matchup in the championship but who knows, we may very well see a surprise this year.

Here are my exclusive predictions for the 2016 Summit League Tournament.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 5th
1 IPFW vs. 8 South Dakota - Sioux Falls - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: IPFW

2 South Dakota State vs. 7 Oral Roberts - Sioux Falls - ESPN3, 9:30
Pick: South Dakota State

Sunday, March 6th
4 IUPUI vs. 5 North Dakota State - Sioux Falls - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: North Dakota

3 Omaha vs. 6 Denver - Sioux Falls - ESPN3, 9:30
Pick: Denver

Semifinals - Monday, March 7th
1 IPFW vs. 5 North Dakota State - Sioux Falls - ESPN3, 7:00
The Mastodons didn't look as good as they could have against the Bison and besides, North Dakota State is better than their seed indicates.
Pick: North Dakota State

2 South Dakota State vs. 6 Denver - Sioux Falls - ESPN3, 9:30
Pick: South Dakota State

Championship - Tuesday, March 8th
2 South Dakota State vs. 5 North Dakota State - Sioux Falls - ESPN2, 9:00
A rematch this is of last year's Summit League final and thus we know that folks in the Dakotas will be excited. The Jackrabbits and the Bison split their contests by this year with the home team winning both but on a relatively neutral floor, South Dakota State will come out on top.
Pick: South Dakota State

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