OMAHA, Neb. -- The field has been set for next weekend's 2017 Summit League Men's Basketball Championship, the league office announced Saturday night. No. 3-seeded Omaha is one of eight teams set to compete at the tournament, March 4-7 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The tournament champion advances to the NCAA Tournament as the league's automatic bid.
The Mavericks (16-13, 9-7 Summit League) earned the tournament’s No. 3 seed for the second straight year and will face No. 6 seed Fort Wayne (19-11, 8-8) on Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by Midco Sports Network and ESPN3.
South Dakota (21-10, 12-4) earned its first Summit League regular-season crown and seeks its initial tournament title and NCAA appearance. USD, which enters the tournament riding a six-game win streak, will meet No. 8 seed Western Illinois (8-19, 5-11) on Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m.
No. 2 seed North Dakota State (19-10, 11-5) opens play in Saturday's nightcap against No. 7 IUPUI (13-17, 7-9) at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday's quarterfinals session begins with No. 4 seed and defending tournament champion South Dakota State (15-16, 8-8) against No. 5 seed Denver (16-13, 8-8). Omaha and Fort Wayne’s tilt at 8:30 p.m. closes out the quarterfinal round.
Monday's semifinals begin with the winner of the No. 1 vs. No. 8 game against the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game at 6 p.m., followed by the winners of the No. 2 vs. No. 7 and No. 3 vs. No. 6 games at 8:30 p.m. Both semifinals air on MidcoSN with an ESPN3 simulcast.
Tuesday's championship game is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN2 and available on WatchESPN.com.
Ticket information for the 2017 Summit League Basketball Tournament can be found at TheSummitLeague.org/tickets. Tickets may be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Box Office.
For complete information on this year's tournament, visit The Summit League's championships website at TheSummitLeague.org/march2thesummit.