Tag:Illinois State
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:39 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 8:40 pm

MVC title game preview: Redbirds stealing a bid?

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
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