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.
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|
|1979||Indiana State||New Mexico State||N/A|
|1980||Bradley||West Texas State||N/A|
|1986||Tulsa||Bradley||Brian Rahily, Tulsa|
|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|
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