Summit League Conference Tournament Odds, Bracket, TV Schedule

Written By Brett Gibbons on March 3, 2022
Summit League conference Tournament Odds

South Dakota State is a strong favorite in this year’s Summit League conference tournament. Can North Dakota State or last year’s March Madness Cinderella Oral Roberts spoil the parade?

ORU secured their spot in the NCAA Tournament a season ago and ended upsetting 2-seed Ohio State, 7-seed Florida, and nearly 3-seed Arkansas as a 15-seed. This year, they’ll look to upset the odds-on favorite Jackrabbits.

Summit League Tournament Futures

Here is the Summit League bracket for 2022.

South Dakota State
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-175
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-180
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-250
Oral Roberts
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+500
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+550
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+700
North Dakota State
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+550
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+500
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+550
UMKC
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+1200
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+1700
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+1200
South Dakota
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+1400
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+1900
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+1200
Western Illinois
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+2500
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+2300
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+2000
Denver
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+20000
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+24000
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+7500
Omaha
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+50000
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+50000
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+15000

Summit League Conference Tournament Preview

After a run of three straight conference titles between 2015-17 and a run of five titles in seven years, South Dakota State (27-4, 18-0) looks to return to the Summit League throne. The Jackrabbits are odds-on favorites at all three sportsbooks we sampled. At BetMGM, they’re as strong as -250 (71.4% implied probability), with their best price being at DraftKings Sportsbook (-170). Their path to the championship game is far easier, joining Omaha (5-24, 4-14), UMKC (19-11, 12-6), and South Dakota (18-11, 11-7).

2021 Cinderella Oral Roberts (18-11, 12-6) is the three seed. Max Abmas led the team with 22.7 points per game after becoming a recognized name for his tournament heroics last season. They’re fourth nationally in scoring offense (83.8 points per game), but in the bottom 20% in scoring defense. Despite a majorly favorable schedule, the Golden Eagles have to win this tournament to find themselves playing in the Big Dance again. ORU gave SDSU its best game, taking the Jackrabbits to overtime Feb. 24, before losing.

North Dakota State (21-9, 13-5) is second on odds boards at DraftKings and Caesars Sportsbook. Their best price is offered between FanDuel (+550) and Caesars (+550). Their price is a notable dropoff from the favorite, SDSU. The Bison took home back-to-back conference titles in 2019 and 2020, being bounced in the Round of 64 in their lone tournament appearance since 2015.

Summit League Tournament Schedule

  • First round: Saturday, March 5. No. 1 South Dakota State vs. No. 8 Omaha, 7:00 p.m. ET; No. 2 North Dakota State vs. No. 7 Denver, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • First round: Sunday, March 6. No. 4 UMKC vs. No. 5 South Dakota, 7:00 p.m. ET; No. 3 Oral Roberts vs. No. 6 Western Illinois, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Semifinals: Monday, March 7.
  • Tournament final: Tuesday, March 8, 9:00 p.m. ET.

How To Watch

All games will be played at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. All games in the first two rounds will stream on ESPN+. The championship game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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