2009 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament

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2009 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament
Classification Division I
Season 2008–09
Teams 8
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)
(61 points)
Television ESPN2
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2008–09 Summit League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Dakota St. 16 2   .889     26 7   .788
Oral Roberts 14 4   .778     16 15   .516
Oakland 13 5   .722     23 13   .639
IUPUI 9 9   .500     16 14   .533
Southern Utah 8 10   .444     11 20   .355
IPFW 8 10   .444     13 17   .433
South Dakota St. 7 11   .389     13 20   .394
Centenary 6 12   .333     8 23   .258
Western Illinois 6 12   .333     9 20   .310
UMKC 3 15   .167     7 24   .226
Summit League Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament was the 2009 post-season tournament for Summit League, an NCAA Division I athletic conference. It took place March 7–10, 2009 at Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[1]

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,[2] with 3.3 seconds left.[3] 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.[3] A long three-pointer by Oakland's Johnathon Jones at the buzzer bounced off the rim, preserving the Bison victory.[3]

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.[3] 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.[4] In another coincidence, the Jackrabbits defeated Oakland in their final.[4]

Format[edit]

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:

  1. Head-to-head competition
  2. Winning percentage vs. ranked conference teams (starting with #1 and moving down until the tie is broken)
  3. Ratings Percentage Index
  4. Coin flip

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals
March 7–8
Semifinals
March 9
Finals
March 10
                 
1 North Dakota State 83
8 Centenary 77
1 North Dakota State 79
5 Southern Utah 67
4 IUPUI 48
5 Southern Utah 53
1 North Dakota State 66
3 Oakland 64
2 Oral Roberts 69
7 South Dakota State 72*
7 South Dakota State 56
3 Oakland 74
3 Oakland 75
6 IPFW 62

* Overtime

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