MVC basketball is about to start. Four teams open the regular season on Friday, including two interesting matchups. No. 16 Creighton plays North Texas, which has a legit NBA prospect in Tony Mitchell. According to CBSSports.com, the game features two of the nation’s top seven players. Indiana State opens the renovated Pauley Pavilion at No. 13 UCLA.
Before we play for real, take a look at MVC exhibition games:
Scores: Def. Upper Iowa 68-54 and Wisconsin-Parkside 70-42
Top performers: F Tyshon Pickett, a transfer from Dodge City Community College, went 9 for 18 from the field and totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds in the two games. C Will Egolf made 11 of 17 shots, including 5 of 7 threes, to total 29 points. Egolf entered the season 0 for 16 from three-point range. G Walt Lemon averaged 14 points and made 13 of 22 shots, 1 of 7 from three.
Top concerns: Upper Iowa out-rebounded Bradley 27-20, albeit in a game in which both teams shot well. Bradley’s reserves totaled 21 points in the two games, 10 from Jordan Prosser.
Scores: Def. University of Mary 89-51
Top performers: F Doug McDermott scored 18 points and G Josh Jones added 13. G Avery Dingman came off the bench to make 4 of 5 threes and score 18 points in 15 minutes. C Will Artino had nine points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes. Creighton’s bench contributed 47 points
Top concerns: Hard to find. The Bluejays did trail by three points in the game’s first minute.
Scores: Def. Southwest Baptist 101-80. vs. William Jewell, Saturday
Top performers: Drake needs guard help and the backcourt produced in the first exhibition. G Gary Ricks, a junior transfer, hit all four of his threes and scored 12 points. G Richard Carter, also a junior transfer, handed out 10 assists without a turnover, negating the fact he didn’t make a basket in five attempts. Freshman F Joey King came off the bench to make 6 of 8 threes and score 22 points.
Top concerns: Southwest Baptist made 16 of 31 threes. Drake left a lot of points at the foul line – 14 of 26.
Scores: Def. Southern Indiana 73-55 and Illinois-Springfield 79-54
Top performers: G Colt Ryan scored 33 and 17, making 14 of 14 free throws and 4 of 7 threes. If he didn’t shoot, he passed to someone who did and had 14 assists in two games. Sophomore F Jaylon Moore came off the bench to score 13 and grab seven rebounds against Southern Indiana. G Ned Cox made 9 of 15 shots in the two games, totaling 19 points. The Aces held their opponents to 3 of 25 accuracy from behind the arc.
Top concerns: The Aces committed 20 turnovers in the opener, 16 in the second game.
Scores: Def. Quincy 93-64
Top performers: F Jackie Carmichael scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Freshman G Kaza Keane had four assists and one turnover in 18 minutes as a starter. G Bryant Allen came off the bench to make 4 of 5 shots and score 13 points. The Redbirds played deep, with five reserves scoring six or more points
Top concerns: Nothing jumps out from the box score. It’s interesting that neither F John Wilkins nor G Anthony Cousin started. Both are seniors whom played large roles last season. Could be an indication Illinois State’s talent is rising. Could be an indication coach Dan Muller wanted to look at other players.
Scores: Def. Lewis 79-66
Top performers: F R.J. Mahurin, a returner, scored 21 points off the bench. Newcomer G Dawon Cummings, from Coffeyville Community College, started and finished with 12 points, six rebounds, six assists (one turnover) and five steals.
Top concerns: The Sycamores missed 14 of 17 threes.
Scores: Def. Missouri Western 81-67 and McKendree 82-54
Top performers: F Gavin Thurman, a freshman from Wichita, led the Bears in scoring in both games. He made 6 of 9 threes and scored 21 points in the opener and added 18 points in the second game. Thurman made 14 of 25 shot (8 of 13 from three) in the two games. Freshman G Marcus Marshall made 11 of 18 shots and totaled 29 points. He also handed out eight assists, with one turnover, in the two games. The Bears turned the ball over four times against Missouri Western.
Top concerns: Missouri Western out-rebounded the Bears 30-24 and shot 50 percent from the field.
Scores: Def. Briar Cliff 84-48 and Northern State 69-48
Top performers: F Nate Buss came off the bench to score 18 against Briar Cliff, making 8 of 9 shots. He also grabbed five rebounds. G Deon Mitchell totaled 15 assists and four turnovers in two games. F Seth Tuttle made 10 of 14 shots and averaged 11 points. UNI outscored its opponents 83-36 in the first half.
Top concerns: The Panthers did little damage at the foul line, going 7 of 13 and 9 of 17.
Scores: Def. Lincoln 83-47 and Upper Iowa 73-62
Top performers: G Desmar Jackson, a junior transfer from Wyoming, scored 18 and 19 while grabbing nine and seven rebounds. He made 13 of 28 shots. G Jeff Early made 10 of 14 free throws against Upper Iowa and finished with 18 points. G T.J. Lindsay totaled seven assists and no turnovers in the two games.
Top concerns: Upper Iowa shot 47.8 percent from the field and matched SIU with 30 points in the paint. SIU got little scoring from its big men, Davante Drinkard and Antonio Bryer. They combined to make 6 of 18 shots and score 18 points in two games. Bryer did grab 10 rebounds in 18 minutes against Lincoln.