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Monday, January 26, 2009

Summit League power rankings 1-26-09

1. North Dakota State (14-5, 8-1) — One of the signs of a championship team is that it wins games it probably should have lost. The Bison displayed this quality once again in a victory at South Dakota State Friday. Now NDSU turns its attention to Oakland, a team that has won three straight nail-biters over the Bison the past two years, including one in Fargo last season. The Bison are 8-0 at home this season, but have beaten just one Division I team with a winning record at home (Utah Valley).
2. Oral Roberts (10-11, 8-1) — The Golden Eagles have won seven straight, are undefeated in 2009 and are now one win away from being .500 for the first time since Nov. 22. Junior Kevin Ford continues his streak of highlight-reel dunks and earned the No. 1 play on ESPN’s Top 10 plays list last week, his fourth time making the list and first as No. 1. Oral Roberts begins the second half of league play with three-straight on the road, starting at red-hot Centenary Saturday.
3. Oakland (13-9, 6-3) — The Golden Grizzlies didn’t just protect their homecourt last week, they dominated at home. Senior Erik Kangas has hit 23 3-pointers in his last three games and is now the school’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals. He picked up his second straight Player of the Week award for his efforts. Junior Johnathon Jones had two straight double-digit assist games last week and is now 12th in the nation in assists per game (6.2 per game). The Grizzlies have a huge week as they travel to the Dakotas and need a win Thursday at NDSU to keep their regular-season title hopes alive.
4. Centenary (7-14, 5-4) — The Gents didn’t just win two home games last week, they dominated, topping UMKC by eight and Southern Utah by 25. Centenary has now won four straight and five out of their last six. The big test for the Gents will come this week when they host Oral Roberts, which has won seven straight. Freshman guard Maxx Nakwaasah has averaged 12 points a game since moving into the starting lineup three games ago.
5. IUPUI (10-10, 3-6) — The Jaguars halted their five-game skid with a dominating 84-57 win at IPFW Saturday. IUPUI shot 59.6 percent from the field, while holding IPFW to 38.1 percent shooting. It was a much better performance than the Jaguars’ 18-point loss at Oakland. IUPUI has held opponents to an average of 61.5 points (1st in the league) and 42.5 percent shooting (2nd in the league) in league play.
6. South Dakota State (8-13, 3-6) — The Jacks have nobody to blame but themselves for their overtime loss at home to North Dakota State. Anthony Cordova had a stellar game shooting 10-for-12 from the field and finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds. Garrett Callahan scored 22 points, but took 22 shots. SDSU continues to lose close games, but is a young team with just one scholarship senior. The Jacks need to protect their homecourt this week to stay in the race for the final few conference tournament spots.
7. Southern Utah (6-14, 4-5) — Lucky for the Thunderbrids, they return home for three straight games after they got abused in two road games last week. Southern Utah fell by 16 at Oral Roberts and by 25 at Centenary. Davis Baker failed to reach double digits for just the third time this season in the loss to Oral Roberts, where the Thunderbirds scored just 51 points.
8. IPFW (8-12, 3-6) — The Mastodons are up and down offensively this year, they can score 80 points one night and then 57 the next. The problem is IPFW has to rely on its offense to win games, because its defense has really struggled, allowing their opponents to shoot an average of 48.6 percent in league play. Things don’t get any easier as IPFW heads to the Dakotas this week starting with SDSU, which is likely looking forward to avenge its embarrassing loss at IPFW earlier this year.
9. Western Illinois (6-14, 3-6) — The Leathernecks have now lost six-straight after starting league play 3-0 and got absolutely embarrassed at Oakland by 40 points. Western Illinois relies too much on senior David DuBois and its lack of size inside really hurt it against Oakland. The Leathernecks have two more road games this week and if they don’t turn things around soon they might never make it to Sioux Falls.
10. UMKC (6-16, 2-7) — The Kangaroos have really dug themselves a hole and have lost six of seven since league play restarted. UMKC had one of the better non-conference seasons, but has not been able to translate that success into league play. Senior Dane Brumagin failed to reach double figures in both losses last week, just the third and fourth time he has done so all season.

All-conference ballot
First team
Ben Woodside, North Dakota State
Erik Kangas, Oakland
Marcus Lewis, Oral Roberts
Brett Winkelman, North Dakota State
Johnathon Jones, Oakland
Robert Jarvis, Oral Roberts

Second team
Nick Stallings, Centenary
Robert Glenn, IUPUI
Garrett Callahan, South Dakota State
Davis Baker, Southern Utah
David Carson, IPFW

Honorable mentions
Dane Brumagin, UMKC
David DuBois, Western Illinois
Keith Benson, Oakland
Anthony Cordova, South Dakota State
Gary Patterson, IUPUI

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnathon (No D) Jones, first team. Dude, have you lost your mind??? Robert (if I shoot a 100 shots one will go in) Jarvis... You can't be serious... As long as it has nothing to do with sports, keep your day job...

January 27, 2009 at 12:47 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stats on Johnathon Jones

pts apg 13.4 rank 14 conference
reb/g 3.4 rank 30
B/g 0.1 rank 76 lol!
s/g 1.3 rank 12
3pt% 30.5 rank 53 lol!
ft% 75.% rank 33
ap/g 6.5 rank 1
to/g 3.3 rank 2

The Summit League has a lease 20 guards that's better than Johnathon (No D) Jones and Robert (Put em Up) Jarvis... And you know who they are... Do your homework... Catch a few road games. Guys like you gives the Summit League a bad name...Its sad that you have vote..

January 27, 2009 at 1:34 AM 
Blogger Dave Pemberton said...

Thanks for the feedback, but I strongly disagree. Johnathon Jones leads the league in assists in conference play and by nearly two a game. He's eighth in steals, first in assist/turnover ratio and first in minutes played. He could easily average 20 a game in the Summit League, but he's very unselfish.

As for the No D comment, that is just plain false. Why don't you ask Ben Woodside or Robert Jarvis about Jones' D. Or how about Oregon's Tajuan Porter and Michigan State's Kalin Lucas. Those guys will tell you he's a tough defender.

So my question to you is who are these guards better than Jones and Jarvis? Back it up with some facts too, not just your opinion. Thanks.

January 27, 2009 at 6:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that All Conference lists(1st team) always includes 6 & not 5?

Also, Jonathan Jones is a top PG in the Summit League. He controls the tempo of every game, thats why he plays so many minutes every night. He can score (32 @ Oregon this season), his assist numbers let u know he can pass. If you've seen him play, you'll see how good he is.

Its unfortunate that eveyone thinks you have to score 30 a night to be a good player.

January 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM 
Blogger Dave Pemberton said...

I'm not sure why the first team has six players instead of five. I guess it's to include more people, but that's just a guess. Thanks for reading.

January 27, 2009 at 12:37 PM 
Anonymous Herd said...

Mike Nelson for NDSU belongs on the 2nd team, or at least honorable mention. He defense has single handedly vaulted NDSU this year. His offense has not been as consistent as it should be, but look at what he did at Oakland on both ends of the court.

February 1, 2009 at 6:36 AM 

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