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Summit League Tournament bracket and predictions: South Dakota State takes top seed

It’s the Jackrabbits, Coyotes, and then everyone else.

NCAA Basketball: Summit League Conference Tournament-South Dakota State vs Omaha Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

South Dakota State has earned the top seed in the Summit League Tournament with a 13-1 record in league play. The Jackrabbits are seeking their third-straight tournament title, and their fifth in the last seven seasons.

South Dakota earned the 2 seed and will be looking to exit the Never Made the Tournament Club once again. Other members of the club from the Summit League include Fort Wayne, Omaha, Denver and Western Illinois. So basically, everybody but South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Oral Roberts.

The Summit League was largely a two-team race between the Jackrabbits and Coyotes. They’re a clear cut above the rest of the league, and should be the heavy favorites to meet in the championship game.

How to Watch

MidcoSN will air all tournament games. ESPN3 will stream all tournament games.

Quarterfinals (March 3)

Game 1: No. 8 Western Illinois vs. No. 1 South Dakota State, 7 p.m. ET

Game 2: No. 7 Omaha vs. No. 2 South Dakota, approx. 9:30 p.m. ET

Quarterfinals (March 4)

Game 3: No. 5 North Dakota State vs. No. 4 Fort Wayne, 7 p.m. ET

Game 4: No. 6 Oral Roberts vs. No. 3 Denver, approx. 9:30 p.m. ET

Semifinals (March 5)

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 7 p.m. ET

Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4, approx. 9:30 p.m. ET

Championship (March 6)

Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Tournament Bracket

Prediction

It would be surprising for anybody other than one of the South Dakota schools to come away with the league’s automatic bid. The entire season has been a collision course for South Dakota State and South Dakota. That being said, the Jackrabbits own Sioux Falls and will go dancing for the third straight year.