Dominique Morrison leads Oral Roberts in scoring with 20.1 ppg. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The chances of two Summit League teams playing in the 2012 NCAA Tournament is doubtful, but based on the weekend performances from Oral Roberts and South Dakota State, both deserve the opportunity to play in March.
First, South Dakota State manhandled Buffalo behind Nate Wolters' 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Then, Oral Roberts came out of its comfort zone by playing a relatively low-scoring game against Akron, yet the Golden Eagles were still able to defeat the red hot Zips.
The Jackrabbits have the potential to be one of the top mid-majors in the nation, and that would be garnering more national attention if they did not have puzzling losses to North Dakota and South Dakota.
Oral Roberts has a chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if it loses in the Summit League tourney, but that is nowhere near a guarantee. The Golden Eagles beat Missouri State and Xavier earlier in the season, and then the win over Akron added one more quality win. They also only have one blemish on their Summit League record and that came at South Dakota State.
In all likelihood, one team will represent the Summit League in the Big Dance, but both Oral Roberts and South Dakota are capable of winning a game or two if they get there.