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MVC’s best options to replace Shockers just might be already in league

by - Published April 10, 2017 in Columns

With Wichita State’s exit to the American Athletic Conference now official-finally, at long last, after repeated stoking by national media desperate for a scoop in a story where the end result was known for months-the Missouri Valley Conference faces the next step in its 111-year evolution as a conference.

Valley officials and presidents are going to face an endless stream of suggestions over the coming weeks and months, and while we wouldn’t pretend to be qualified to tell people in those places what to do-especially a commissioner as experienced and accomplished as Doug Elgin-here is one thing we do hope they can do:

Tune. It. Out.
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The Morning Dish – Wednesday, April 5, 2017

by - Published April 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The worst part about the college basketball season being over is that, well, it’s over. No more games. No more debates about rankings, or teams, or players, or conferences. The day-to-day fun is gone.

That’s bad. What pops up in its place is worse. In recent years, the absence has been filled with endless offseason news of players transferring, and schools too, and neither is remotely satisfying. The former is often the result of poaching and tampering, whether it be by schools, coaches, handlers or family members. The latter only contributes to a culture of instability around college sports, where schools and conferences now feel like they always need to be on the lookout for their next opportunity, and constant discussion of it only fans the flames. … Continue Reading

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

Evansville ready to keep alive Arch Madness tradition of top seeds receiving scares

by - Published March 3, 2017 in Columns

In some ways, a top seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament might be as much curse as blessing for this year.

On the plus side, the Redbirds get the prestige of the pole position, as well as the ego boost that comes from beating out vaunted Wichita State for that spot (even as the teams tied for the regular season crown and split their two meetings). On the other hand, tradition says being the No. 1 seed at Arch Madness is rarely a comfortable existence.

That is virtually assured to be the case this year, for as far as eight seeds go in conference tournaments -at least in normal-sized conferences, you know, ones with 10 teams instead of 16-there won’t be many scarier ones this year than Evansville. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 1, 2017

by - Published March 1, 2017 in The Morning Dish

One game is just one game, but sometimes in the course of the rather short college basketball season it makes all the difference.

As Selection Sunday 2017 nears, Vanderbilt down the stretch has become one of the most intriguing case studies of this season. The Commodores have heated up late, have a top-rated schedule and are highly recommended by pretty much every computer rating imaginable. They also have a record that screams mediocrity.

Vanderbilt had a golden opportunity on Tuesday, though, to pretty up that record in more ways than one. A win at Kentucky would’ve moved the Commodores to 17-13 overall and also been an undeniable name-brand quality win of the highest order, certain to make them an even hotter subject than they’ve been. Alas, Vandy couldn’t make an early 19-point lead hold up to the end, and the Wildcats emerged for a 73-67 win in the biggest rally in John Calipari’s time coaching there. … Continue Reading

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