It’s semifinal Monday at the Summit League basketball tournament in Sioux Falls. Here’s a broad overview.
Also, ArgusLeader.com will have live video preview shows of the women’s session (11 a.m.) and the men’s session (5 p.m.) plus live chats from the noon and 8:30 p.m. contests:
No. 1 SDSU (22-8) vs. No. 4 USD (17-13), noon
Sagarin says: Jacks by 8
Series: SDSU leads 53-22
Season results: SDSU won 88-69 at home Feb. 2 and 99-88 on the road March 2.
Of note: The Jacks are 7-1 in the series at the NCAA Division I level … This is a rematch of last year’s championship game that SDSU won 56-53 for its fifth consecutive title. … USD has scored 95, 88 and 96 points in its last three games, while allowing 87, 99 and 94.
No. 2 IUPUI (21-8) vs. No. 6 Denver (8-22), 2:30 p.m.
Sagarin says: Jaguars by 14
Series: IUPUI leads 3-1
Season results: IUPUI won 82-66 at home and 68-55 on the road.
Of note: This is DU’s third conference in as many years, moving from the Sun Belt to the WAC to the Summit. … The Jags are seeking their first finals berth since 2008. … The No. 2 seed has reached the Summit final only once since 2005.
No. 1 NDSU (23-6) vs. No. 4 Denver (16-14), 6 p.m.
Sagarin says: Bison by 4
Series: NDSU leads 4-2
Season results: Denver won 67-63 at home and NDSU prevailed 78-68 in Fargo last week.
Of note: DU rolled into the semis despite getting just one point from all-league forward Chris Udofia before fouling out … The Bison lead Division I in field-goal percentage at 50.9. … The NDSU players only arrived in Sioux Falls on Sunday, while coach Saul Phillips rolled in Saturday.
No. 2 Fort Wayne (23-9) vs. No. 3 SDSU (19-11), 8:30 p.m.
Sagarin says: Jacks by 1
Series: SDSU leads 12-9
Season results: The Mastodons won 82-75 at home in Jan. and SDSU won 79-51 in Brookings last month.
Of note: The Jacks have won 8 of the last 9 meetings. … IPFW has tied the program record for wins and is seeking its first-ever trip to the title game. … In the quarters, SDSU set a season-high for bench points (28) and equaled a season-best for points allowed (50). … As of late Sunday night, limited tickets remained available.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.