The Summit League only had three games Wednesday night, but each brought its own dose of excitement. Here are three things we learned.
Darell Combs: Onions.
IUPUI and South Dakota State had an absolute battle in Indianapolis Wednesday night. Their overtime bout featured 14 ties and 11 lead changes, and was tied at 83 with 10 seconds to go in the extra period. Enter Darell Combs.
As you can see in the video (also featuring yours truly in blue at the scorer’s table), Combs hit a cold-blooded jumper to finish with 18 points and gave the Jags the 85-83 win. Combs said after the game that there wasn’t really any play drawn up, and that he just made a play based on what the defense was giving him.
"I went at my pace, my speed. I didn't let anyone tell me when to go, and just made the read on it," Combs said after the win, "He didn't want to guard me close, so I told Evan to stay down, and God bless the shot went in."
The win was the second in a row for the Jags, and puts them right back in the thick of the Summit League race at 3-3.
In each of Wednesday’s games, the home team came out on top. IUPUI, Oral Roberts, and Nebraska Omaha all took home victories on their home court, which is right in line with how the Summit League has gone so far this year.
In league play, home teams are 19-8, which is good for the second-highest win percentage, trailing only the Big East. With so much congestion in the middle of the league and an ongoing battle for conference supremacy at the top, road wins are at a premium.
Teams that are able to protect their home floor and pick up wins on the road will be the ones that survive the trek through league play. Every game matters.
Points, points, and more points
If you’re looking for stingy defense, the Summit League is the wrong place for you. Every team scored at least 80 points Wednesday night, and the league as a whole is still among the best in the country on that side of the court.
As a whole, it is still ranked first in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency, effective field goal percentage, and three-point shooting. Teams are lighting it up on a nightly basis, which is making almost every game competitive.
Every night seems to feature a different guy scoring 30+ points, and Wednesday night’s was Marcus Tyus. The Nebraska Omaha guard scored 30 in the Mavericks’ win, which continued his major jump in scoring from last season.
UNO's Marcus Tyus had zero 30-point games coming into the year. With 30 in tonight's win vs. Denver, he now has four such games this season.— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) January 19, 2017
Wednesday night’s scores
IUPUI 85, South Dakota State 83
Nebraska Omaha 97, Denver 88
Oral Roberts 90, South Dakota 80