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Would the American Athletic Conference offer better NCAA Tournament access for Wichita State?

by - Published April 4, 2017 in Columns

For some time now, there has been talk of Wichita State leaving the Missouri Valley Conference for the American Athletic Conference. When it was first discussed, it didn’t seem to make much sense, and that hasn’t changed now that a report suggests the school is in advanced talks with the conference to make the move.

The rationale is obvious, but needs some closer examination. When that is done, this possibility is a head-scratcher.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, April 1, 2017

by - Published April 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The Final Four is here, with the national semifinals ahead on Saturday. Before that, however, we had the business of two other tournaments having their championships decided on Friday night.

And then we had a result elsewhere that can only be described as shocking.

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Redbirds now must wait and hope after MVC final loss

by - Published March 8, 2017 in Columns

A highly anticipated Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game was not the contest most expected or hoped for. And now, with its NCAA Tournament fate no longer in its own hands, it’s going to be a long week of waiting for Illinois State.

The Redbirds did not play well against Wichita State in the championship game of the MVC Tournament, falling 71-51. ISU shot a season-low 29.3%, made 6 of 28 from three-point range one day after draining 13 three-pointers in a dominant win over Southern Illinois, and never led in the game. … Continue Reading

Wichita State continues to show national-quality credentials with MVC title

by - Published March 7, 2017 in Columns

Amid the endless talk of bubbles, power ratings, schedules and quality wins this season, some things seemed to have been almost lost about Wichita State basketball.

The Shockers’ reload this year should, frankly, be one of the bigger stories nationally of this season. Put it this way: if there was any doubt at the start of the season, there shouldn’t be any more now-Wichita State has become one of the premier programs in the country. … Continue Reading

Hinson in form after Southern Illinois toughs out win over Loyola

by - Published March 4, 2017 in Columns

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Goober. Pentecostal tent revival. Brad Pitt. A coach chest-bumping his players.

These are just a few of the terms and topics covered after Barry Hinson’s fourth-seeded Southern Illinois Salukis picked up a hard-earned 55-50 win over No. 5 seed Loyola (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, getting the Salukis to a semifinal matchup with top seed Illinois State Saturday.

The entertainment is far from over when a Southern Illinois game finishes. There aren’t many coaches in college basketball more quotable and flat-out entertaining than Hinson. It’s something well-known by those who cover the Missouri Valley. It’s not nearly well-known enough by those across the rest of the country. … Continue Reading

Illinois State displays depth to move on at Arch Madness

by - Published March 3, 2017 in Columns

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Less than 10 minutes into its first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a top seed in nearly 20 years, Illinois State could’ve been facing a defining moment in its postseason.

With 10:21 left in the first half, MVC player of the year Paris Lee picked up his second foul and went to the bench. After two free throws, eighth-seeded Evansville held a 17-12 lead, looking very capable of making the Redbirds’ day a long one and maybe even their stay at Arch Madness a short one. Illinois State was in an early danger zone and needed to weather time without its leader. … Continue Reading

Indiana State’s Lansing vows changes after disappointing season

by - Published March 3, 2017 in Columns

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – As a coach whose team’s season had just ended, Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing was understandably dejected, but also plenty forthcoming and candid Thursday night.

His ninth-seeded Sycamores had just been the first team eliminated in the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, falling to No. 8 Evansville 83-72 in a first round game. ISU concluded an 11-20 season, its worst since posting an identical mark in 2004-05, and it had not looked good in its finale, falling behind big early before an admirable-if ultimately fruitless-effort to come back late. … Continue Reading

Young Bradley starting to take form under Wardle

by - Published March 3, 2017 in Columns

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Ever so slowly, one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s historic programs is starting to work its way back into becoming a factor again after a long climb.

If one is looking for eye-popping jumps in the record, they’re not going to find it with Bradley in the first two years of the Brian Wardle era. What they will find is a program that absolutely is making measurable progress, as evidenced by its 67-58 win over Drake Thursday night in a first round game of the 2017 MVC Tournament.

Advancing out of a first round game matching 7 and 10 seeds at a conference tournament may not sound like much of an achievement, but it is for the Braves, who will play on Friday for just the second time in six years and will gain more seasoning for a team filled with freshmen and sophomores. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 9, 2017

by - Published February 9, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Seton Hall started off Wednesday making news for reasons any school would rather not, and just over midway through the first half of its game against Providence on Wednesday, the news wasn’t looking very good, either.

The Pirates were down 15 points to the Friars after just 11 minutes of play, but the Hall’s day got better soon after. Seton Hall pulled within two points by halftime, withstood a nip-and-tuck second half to get to overtime, and then received a game-winning jumper by Myles Powell with eight seconds left in the extra period for a key 72-70 win. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, January 30, 2017

by - Published January 30, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We’re now in the fourth season since the Big East split, which turned into the American Athletic Conference. And while The American has a national championship in its back pocket (UConn in the first season of its existence, no less), it has since gone a little differently than perhaps initially expected. The conference as a whole has had a couple of tough years, but through it all, Cincinnati has emerged as the apparent signature program.

This year, Cincinnati appears to be standing alone in that regard.

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