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Monday, November 24, 2008

Summit League power rankings

1. Oakland (1-3) — Win at Oregon is the biggest in the conference so far this season. The Grizzlies have also played Cleveland State and Iowa tough. Johnathon Jones (19.3 points per game) leads the conference in scoring
2. North Dakota State (1-1) — The Bison lost on the road to Idaho, which is their only Division I opponent thus far this season. We’ll know more about NDSU after road games to Northern Arizona and Minnesota this week.
3. IUPUI (2-2) — The Jaguars are the only Summit League team not below .500, but have two non-Division I wins. Freshman Alex Young (13.5 points per game) has been impressive early.
4. Oral Roberts (1-2) — The Golden Eagles got embarrassed in the second half at Creighton and gave up 54 second-half points, which is not typical of their normally tough defense.
5. UMKC (1-3) — The Kangaroos scored a nice win at Wichita State, but then lost by 18 to Florida Atlantic. Sophomore Reggie Hamilton is going to be a special player in this league.
6. IPFW (1-2) — The Mastodons played No. 5 Michigan State tough and picked up an overtime win over Eastern Illinois. David Carson and Ben Botts are both averaging over 13 points a game.
7. Centenary (1-3) — First-year head coach Greg Gary has the Gents playing tough. The trio of Nick Stallings, Chase Adams and Gary Redus is averaging a combined 43.6 points per game.
8. Southern Utah (1-2) — The Thunderbirds lost a tough one at Tennessee Tech last week and losing by 14 at Florida is a solid showing. Lone win is over Mesa State
9. Western Illinois (1-3) — The Leathernecks had a rough day at Cincinnati last week and will play three games this week, at Florida State on Tuesday and two games in Las Vegas. David DuBois (18.5 points per game) is second in the league in scoring and 10th in rebounding (5.8).
10. South Dakota State (1-3) — Sophomore Anthony Cordova is easily leading the league in rebounding at 10.8 per game and junior Garrett Callahan is fourth in the league in scoring at 17.5 per game. Lone win is against Mayville State.

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