2009 The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament
|Site||Sioux Falls Arena
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|Champions||North Dakota State (1st title)|
|Winning coach||Saul Phillips (1st title)|
|MVP||Ben Woodside North Dakota St|
|Top scorer||Ben Woodside North Dakota St
|Post-The Summit League
|2009 NIT, 2009 NCAA,
2009 CBI, 2009 CIT
|The Summit League Men's
|2008–09 The Summit League men's basketball standings|
|North Dakota St. †||16||–||2||.889||26||–||7||.788|
|South Dakota St.||7||–||11||.389||13||–||20||.394|
|† The Summit League Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2009 The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament was the 2009 post-season tournament for The Summit League, an NCAA Division I athletic conference. It took place March 7–10, 2009 at Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Top-seeded North Dakota State defeated #3 seed Oakland 66–64 to earn an automatic berth into the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The winning points came on a shot by Ben Woodside, who was also named the tournament MVP, with 3.3 seconds left. North Dakota State trailed for most of the final; the Bison were behind by as much as 14 points in the first half and 12 with less than 10 minutes left, but they went on an 18–4 run to end the game, capped by Woodside's shot. A long three-pointer by Oakland's Johnathon Jones at the buzzer bounced off the rim, preserving the Bison victory.
The Bison, who were in their first season of eligibility for Division I postseason play, became the first men's team in Division I or its predecessors in more than 35 years to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in its first year of eligibility. The previous team to accomplish this feat was Southwestern Louisiana, now Louisiana-Lafayette, in 1972. The Bison were the second Summit League team that day to accomplish this feat—South Dakota State, also in its first year of Division I postseason eligibility, won the Summit women's tournament final, held at the same site, to book a place in the NCAA Women's Tournament. In another coincidence, the Jackrabbits defeated Oakland in their final.
Unlike most Division I basketball conferences, The Summit League does not send all of its teams into its conference tournament. Out of the league's 10 teams, the top eight receive berths in the conference tournament. After the 18-game conference season, teams are seeded by conference record, with tiebreakers used if necessary in the following order:
- Head-to-head competition
- Winning percentage vs. ranked conference teams (starting with #1 and moving down until the tie is broken)
- Ratings Percentage Index
- Coin flip
|1||North Dakota State||83|
|1||North Dakota State||79|
|1||North Dakota State||66|
|7||South Dakota State||72*|
|7||South Dakota State||56|
- "Woodside's Basket Lifts North Dakota State Past Oakland for The Summit League Title" (Press release). The Summit League. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- Associated Press (2009-03-10). "Woodside hits jumper with 3 seconds left to push N. Dakota St. to Summit title". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- Associated Press (2009-03-10). "South Dakota State wins 17th straight to earn NCAA bid". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-03-11.