MVC Tournament

  • Southern Illinois’ six wins are the most for a last-place team since Creighton went 6-12 in 1993. In the MVC’s current 10-team configuration (since the 1996-97 season), only three times has the No. 10 seed had five wins. The 13 wins for champion Creighton are the fewest since Evansville won it with a 13-5 record inn 1999. In 1993, Illinois State won it at 13-5 with Creighton last. Despite all that parity, the 1993 tournament unfolded as expected. Three of the top four seeds played in the semifinals and the top two seeds played in the title game.
  • There are two rematches from Saturday – Indiana State vs. Evansville and Northern Iowa vs. Illinois State. There were two rematches in 2011, with the regular-season winner winning in the tournament in both games.
  • All Drake needed to do to secure the No. 6 seed and avoid Thursday for the first time since 2008 was beat last-place SIU at home. The Bulldogs lost and fell to No. 9.
  • Drake’s loss helped Wichita State avoid a Friday matchup with Illinois State. The Redbirds lost at Northern Iowa and would have been the No. 7 seed with a Drake win. Instead, WSU will get either Missouri State or Southern Illinois. Facing the talented and motivated Redbirds on Friday would not have been ideal for the Shockers. Instead, WSU gets a good chance to add one more win to its NCAA resume before facing a tough semifinal on Saturday.
  • The Shockers went 6-2 against the teams on its side of the bracket, sweeping Missouri State and Illinois State and splitting with Northern Iowa and SIU. A meeting with Illinois State, a rematch of the “8 points, 40 seconds” game is an entertaining possibility.
  • Creighton earned what appears to be an easier path, likely facing Evansville or Indiana State in the semifinals. Indiana State may be without Manny Arop, who remains suspended indefinitely.