The College Basketball Summit Conference Tournament is an annual postseason tournament for NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball teams that compete in the Summit Conference. The tournament takes place in March, typically following the end of the regular season.
The Summit Conference includes ten teams, with the top eight teams qualifying for the tournament. The teams are seeded based on their regular season conference record, with the top four teams receiving a first-round bye.
The tournament format is single-elimination, meaning that teams are eliminated from the tournament after a single loss. The winner of the conference tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, which take place in March and April.
The exact dates and locations of the College Basketball Summit Conference Tournament vary from year to year
There have been several notable NBA players who played college basketball in the Summit Conference. Here are a few examples:
Nate Wolters – South Dakota State: Wolters was a standout guard at South Dakota State, where he was a two-time Summit Conference Player of the Year. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft and played four seasons in the NBA.
George Hill – IUPUI: Hill played college basketball at IUPUI and was named Summit Conference Player of the Year in 2008. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft and has since played for several teams, including the Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, and Milwaukee Bucks.
Kyle Korver – Creighton: Korver was a standout at Creighton, where he set numerous school and conference records for three-point shooting. He was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft and has played for several teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks.
David Robinson – Navy: Robinson played college basketball at the United States Naval Academy and was a two-time National Player of the Year. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft and went on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NBA.
Scottie Pippen – Central Arkansas: Pippen played college basketball at Central Arkansas and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft. He went on to become one of the greatest players in NBA history, winning six NBA championships with the Bulls and being inducted into the Hall of Fame. While Central Arkansas was not part of the Summit Conference during Pippen’s time in college, they are now a member of the conference.
The first College Basketball Summit Conference Tournament was held in 1983. At the time, the conference was known as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (AMCU). The tournament was held at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and featured six teams. The winner of the tournament was the University of Northern Iowa, which earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Since then, the tournament has been held every year, with the exception of 2020, when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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