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MVC title game preview: Redbirds stealing a bid?

Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:39 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 8:40 pm
 
ST. LOUIS -- I came here to see a championship game between Wichita State and Creighton.

Those are the MVC's two nationally ranked teams.

Those are the MVC's two best teams.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the title game everybody expected to watch Sunday. The 15th-ranked Shockers that handled Illinois State twice during the regular season lost to Illinois State in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals. So now it's the Redbirds vs. the 25th-ranked Bluejays for the title here at the Scottrade Center, and if Illinois State pulls one more upset the MVC will be a three-bid league.

"I could not possibly be more proud of these guys," Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich said after Saturday's 65-64 victory. "It was one of the toughest, hardest-fought performances of any team I've ever been around."

Illinois State is 0-2 against Creighton this season.

That should be noted.

But, remember, the Redbirds were 0-2 against Wichita State, too.

-- Gary Parrish
Comments

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:55 am
 

MVC title game preview: Redbirds stealing a bid?

Sorry, 3 in 3 for both teams....confused Illinois State with Indiana State



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:41 am
 

MVC title game preview: Redbirds stealing a bid?

3 in 3 for Creighton and 4 in 4 for Illinois State. I think this will be a close game, though I mean that as maybe a 8-10 point win for Creighton as opposed to the murder everyone saw in St. Louis against Evansville.

Creighton has been a constant team all year, but Wichita St was better and more dominant and look what happened. Creighton has shown some weaknesses and can be beaten so I wouldnt put it past Illinois State to pull the upset, and we've seen what teams on a roll can do the last few years with Butler in the tourny and UConn in the Big East.

That being said,  I expect a tight game until about the last 5 minutes or so when Creighton will pull away as Illinois St feels the effects of the Wichita state game, but it's going to be one hell of a ride the rest of the time.



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:55 pm
 

MVC title game preview: Redbirds stealing a bid?

PS:  It's not called the "Creighton Invitational" for nothing.


Jays win their 11th MVC Tourney.  
I don't know which branch of the Parrish tree you fell from (SIU branch,
G.Mason branch, other) but winning the Valley is about Honor, about Pride,
about Tradition, and about Dominance.  Creighton is the Flagship and the
winningest traditional power in the Missouri Valley Conference.  


14 MVC RS Championships and 10 MVC Tourney Championships.

Winning is what our Creighton Tradition is all about.  
Champions - it's who we are. 
Go Big Blue!  Go Jays!      
;     &nbs
p;



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:49 pm
 

MVC title game preview: Redbirds stealing a bid?

3 games in 3 days.  It's a tough grind. 

ISU-R will come in pumped, but the 3rd game wall will come into play.
Creighton is deeper and fresher...Jays win.  


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