Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament Primer: Dates, Site, TV Info, Tickets, and “Arch Madness” Outlook

The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament has earned the moniker “Arch Madness” for a reason, and this year should be no exception when it tips off on March 1st.

Wichita State and Creighton have dominated the headlines for most of the season, but a number of evenly matched teams behind them should make for plenty of closely contested tournament games.

arch-madness-mvc-tournament-bracket-tv-schedule-ticketsMVC Tournament Info

Tournament Site: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO


Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:

  • First Round: Thursday, March 1st at 6:05 and 8:35
  • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 2nd at 12:05, 2:35, 6:05, and 8:35
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 3rd at 1:35 and 4:05
  • Championship: Sunday, March 4th at 2:05 (CBS)


Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top six seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 2nd.


Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Outlook

The Valley has proven to be extremely top-heavy this season with Wichita State at 14-2 and Creighton at 12-4, followed by six teams checking in somewhere between 9-7 and 7-9.  Consequently, you would be hard-pressed to pick someone other than the Shockers or Bluejays to emerge victorious from Arch Madness.  However, it’s worth remembering that last season Indiana State got hot and won the tournament as the three seed after going 12-6 in league play.

Wichita State has won 14 of their last 15 games, with the lone loss coming at Drake in triple overtime.  The Shockers have a plethora of veterans on their team and a solid-inside outside balance.  Big man Garrett Stutz averages 14.1 points and 7.9 boards while the backcourt duo of Joe Ragland and Toure’ Murry combine for 25.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.7 assists with Ragland hitting nearly 48 percent from beyond the arc.  The Shockers are also terrific defensively and rank in the Top 25 in defensive efficiency on KenPom.

The Bluejays started 11-1 in the league behind a high-powered offensive attack led by Doug McDermott.  However, they proceeded to lose three straight league games to fall out of the regular season race, but an impressive come from behind win against Long Beach State in the BracketBusters showed this team is far from dead.  If you’ve never seen him play, do yourself a favor and check out McDermott during this event.  He scores 23.2 points and grabs 8.3 rebounds per contest while hitting 61.7 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from deep.

If you’re looking for a team other than Wichita State and Creighton to win it, you’ll likely be disappointed, but don’t count out Missouri State.  The Bears won at Creighton early in conference play, and they boast one of the league’s top players in Kyle Weems, who averages 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds while hitting over 41 percent from long range.

MVC Basketball Tournament History: Champions & MOPs

Year MVC Tournament Champion MVC Tournament Runner-Up MVC Tournament MOP
1977 Southern Illinois West Texas State N/A
1978 Creighton Indiana State N/A
1979 Indiana State New Mexico State N/A
1980 Bradley West Texas State N/A
1981 Creighton Wichita State N/A
1982 Tulsa Illinois State N/A
1983 Illinois State Tulsa N/A
1984 Tulsa Creighton N/A
1985 Wichita State Tulsa N/A
1986 Tulsa Bradley Brian Rahily, Tulsa
1987 Wichita State Tulsa N/A
1988 Bradley Illinois State Hersey Hawkins, Bradley
1989 Creighton Southern Illinois Chad Gallagher, Creighton
1990 Illinois State Southern Illinois Rickey Jackson, Illinois State
1991 Creighton Southwest Missouri State Bob Harstad, Creighton
1992 Southwest Missouri State Tulsa Jackie Crawford, SMSU
1993 Southern Illinois Illinois State Ashraf Amaya, Southern Illinois
1994 Southern Illinois Northern Iowa Cam Johnson, Northern Iowa
1995 Southern Illinois Tulsa Chris Carr, Southern Illinois
1996 Tulsa Bradley Shea Seals, Tulsa
1997 Illinois State Southwest Missouri State Rico Hill, Illinois State
1998 Illinois State Southwest Missouri State Dan Muller, Illinois State
1999 Creighton Evansville Rodney Buford, Creighton
2000 Creighton Southwest Missouri State Ryan Sears, Creighton
2001 Indiana State Bradley Michael Menser, Indiana State
2002 Creighton Southern Illinois Kyle Korver, Creighton
2003 Creighton Southern Illinois Kyle Korver, Creighton
2004 Northern Iowa Southwest Missouri State Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa
2005 Creighton Southwest Missouri State Johnny Mathies, Creighton
2006 Southern Illinois Bradley Randal Falker, Southern Illinois
2007 Creighton Southern Illinois Nate Funk, Creighton
2008 Drake Illinois State Adam Emmenecker, Drake
2009 Northern Iowa Illinois State Osiris Eldridge, Illinois State
2010 Northern Iowa Wichita State Kwadzo Ahelegbe, Northern Iowa
2011 Indiana State Missouri State Jermaine Mallett, Missouri State


Click to see Andy’s complete Championship Week Preview.

Note: We will have a complete preview before the tournament starts and seedings/matchups are known.

About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms


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