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The Morning Dish – Thursday, January 25, 2018

by - Published January 25, 2018 in The Morning Dish

The No. 8 conference in the country should get more attention than it has this year, though Missouri Valley Conference schools have few others to blame but themselves for that.

A league that had such a good non-conference season that it is clearly ahead of leagues like the Mountain West (a good distance back at No. 9 in conference RPI), Atlantic 10 and West Coast Conference has once again done itself no favors for national perception with its parity in conference play. All 10 MVC schools have at least 10 wins overall already-a real achievement in January in a conference that isn’t playing 70%+ of its non-conference games at home-and all 10 are also in the top 160 in the RPI. And yet, nine of the 10 also have seven losses, too, and having seven teams separated by a total of two games between 5-4 and 3-6 in league play is no way to build a NCAA Tournament at-large contenders.

Wednesday did feature a battle for first in the Valley, though, and it’s also possible the conference’s hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAAs aren’t done yet. The first half of the MVC’s round robin is now complete with Loyola Chicago alone in first place after what turned out to be a resounding 80-57 win at Drake, and the Ramblers are making a mighty nice run at separating themselves from the rest of the Valley pack. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation Notebook for Nov. 20 – Notes from CBB’s 2nd weekend

by - Published November 20, 2017 in Columns

Another quiet weekend included college football again making for light schedules, plus some underwhelming fields in eight-team tournaments. Here are some quick-hit notes from the third weekend of November and second of the hoops season:

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off tourney illustrated just how wildly teams’ performances and fortunes can change from one day to the next in tournament play. In the quarterfinals, Illinois State played a terrific game in edging South Carolina, while UTEP had Boise State all but beaten before faltering in the final minutes. One might’ve thought the Redbirds would’ve had an edge the next day, but Boise suddenly turned into an offensive machine, Chandler Hutchison was dominant and ISU looked horrendous, needing a late rally to lose 82-64. Just before that, the Gamecocks drubbed the UTEP team that should’ve been playing Illinois State. At least some clarity was found Sunday, as Illinois State again played very well in handling Tulsa, and South Carolina took care of Western Michigan for the second time this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, November 17, 2017

by - Published November 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

We may be barely a week into the college basketball season, but it’s not hard to make an argument that a number of teams and conferences just might be already entering the most important 7-10 days in their regular seasons.

It’s completely counter intuitive, and it probably shouldn’t be the case for a number of reasons. And no one will argue that conference play and conference tournaments are the heart of any team’s schedule if you were to ask any coach. For schools like Illinois State and Hofstra and leagues like the Missouri Valley and Colonial Athletic Association, though-to name just a couple of many-this has become a critical time of the year, as it is far and away the best time to earn wins over bigger-name (read: football-dominated) schools, the kind that help build power ratings and might get the attention of a certain tournament selection committee in March. … Continue Reading

Scanning the Nation: Notes from the opening weekend

by - Published November 13, 2017 in Columns

The first three days of the college basketball season have been largely uneventful, not surprising when schedules are littered with endless guarantee games and schools seemingly have little interest in even playing at all so early in November. Here are some quick-hit notes looking around the country after the first weekend of regular season hoops:

  • Kentucky has individual talent, as always, but it’s going to take time for the Wildcats to look more like a cohesive collegiate team and less like an AAU all-star team cobbled together, as was evidenced in escapes against Utah Valley and Vermont. Clearly there is a lot of definition of roles to take place, as well as understanding of how hard players need to play regularly at the college level on the defensive end. One thing that looked clear to us: Hamidou Diallo is the player most suited to take on a Malik Monk-type role of sniper.

… Continue Reading

2016-17 MVC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 27, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The 2015-16 season was the end of a storied run in the Missouri Valley Conference. The same could be said of 2016-17, too.

One year after Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet concluded outstanding college careers at Wichita State, the Shockers also wrapped up their time in the MVC. Members of the conference since 1949, Wichita State announced in April what had been rumored for months, that it was on its way to the American Athletic Conference this summer, meaning this past season was the final one in the school’s 68-year tenure in the Valley. … Continue Reading

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.
… Continue Reading

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

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