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What-to-know conference previews: MVC

Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 2:54 pm
 
The Missouri Valley Conference breaks down like this: Wichita State, Creighton ... and everybody else.

The Shockers and Bluejays went a combined 30-6 in the league.

The next five teams in the standings were a combined 45-45.

So anything other than a Sunday showdown between No. 15 Wichita State and No. 25 Creighton will be a surprise. But this event has surprised us before -- most recently last March when Indiana State won the MVC's automatic bid despite going 12-6 in the league and finishing third. That sent regular-season champion Missouri State -- and its former coach, Cuonzo Martin -- to the NIT, and the MVC was a one-bid league. Again. Which was frustrating for Doug Elgin, who is one of the nation's most likable conference commissioners.

Elgin won't have to worry about a similar situation this season.

Wichita State is a lock.

Creighton is, too.

Dough McDermott could be setting up for an epic March. (AP)
So the MVC will place two schools in the NCAA Tournament at worst, and three if somebody besides Wichita State or Creighton spends Sunday cutting nets. Either way, it's all good for this consistently under-valued league. Good coaches. Good fans. Good teams. Good times. There's a reason why I'm traveling to St. Louis this week and it's not to visit the Arch. It's for Arch Madness. Should be fun.

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TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday in St. Louis

Title game: Sunday

BEST PLAYERS  

  • Doug McDermott, Creighton
  • Joe Ragland, Wichita State
  • Colt Ryan, Evansville
  • Garrett Stutz, Wichita State
  • Kyle Weems, Missouri State

Conference RPI: 8

KenPom.com rating: 8

Sagarin rating: 9

NCAA Tournament Locks: Wichita State, Creighton

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams: None

Last NCAA Tournament Appearance

  • Bradley: 2006
  • Creighton: 2007
  • Drake: 2008
  • Evansville: 1999
  • Illinois State: 1998
  • Indiana State: 2011
  • Missouri State: 1999
  • Northern Iowa: 2010
  • Southern Illinois: 2007
  • Wichita State: 2008

-- Gary Parrish

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Gary Parrish, MVC
 
Comments

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:01 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: MVC

 
you'd rather take the fourth best team from the Colonial than take the regular season champion of the MVC
Really?  You're ripping on VCU and ODU of last year?  One went to the Final Four and the other was ousted (by a point) by a team that went to the finals.

I think the bigger problem is the PAC12 getting two in while being an inferior conference to both the Colonial and the MVC.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:45 pm
 

What-to-know conference previews: MVC

Although it is a ways a away from what it was in the hey-day of the conference in the 60's and 70's when it had Cincinnati, Louisville, and Memphis along with Wichita State, Drake, Bradley and others (it wasn't uncommon to see a team from the Missouri Valley in the final four), it is still a solid conference and one of the best where the teams don't have Division 1 (BCSj football. Typically the Missouri Valley has a better RPI then at least one of the so-called power conferences on a year in year out basis.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:58 am
 

What-to-know conference previews: MVC

Missouri State got robbed last year. How does the regular season champ that made the MVC final not get a bid? Forget all the power conference teams that got in, you'd rather take the fourth best team from the Colonial than take the regular season champion of the MVC? Also we all known Missouri State back in 2006 got rejected with an RPI of 21. They aren't an at large candidate this year but maybe they will win it all this year and show the NCAA Selection Committee up. Or maybe Missouri State's AD (or someone from the MVC) needs to apply to be on the Selection Committee.

Also, the MVC Tournament is too early. They should have it during Championship Week like many of the other conferences. Talk to CBS about having the final on the Saturday before Selection Sunday.



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