Vote now: 2015-16 MVC regular season champion


And then there were two – Evansville and Wichita State. Which team will win the 2015-16 MVC men’s regular season championship?

Week 9 - Who will finish in 1st place during the 2015-16 MVC mens basketball season? Poll open until Monday, October 19.

Official – Predictions to date:

10th Place – Bradley

9th Place – Missouri State

8th Place – Southern Illinois

7th Place – Drake

6th Place – Indiana State

5th Place – Loyola

4th Place – Illinois State

3rd Place – Northern Iowa

2nd/1st Place – ?

Note: As we start our 6th season following the Missouri Valley Conference, we like to begin by previewing the 2015-16 MVC men’s basketball season with our user vote to rank the MVC teams. We will work in reverse order, predicting the 10th place finisher this week and concluding with the predicted MVC champion chosen by our users between the last two teams remaining in week 9. Following the team rankings, we will vote on the individual awards and compare them to the media selections.

Vote here: 2015-16 men’s basketball user poll

Listen: Inside The Valley Podcast – Sep. 21, 2015

Derrick Docket, MVC Associate Commissioner for New Media & Technology, visits with MVC television analyst Mark Adams and more.

Listen: Inside The Valley Podcast – Sept. 14, 2015

Listen to Derrick Docket, MVC Associate Commissioner for New Media & Technology, discuss the Valley’s MTE schedule and more.

ESPN and MVC Announce 10 year extension through 2023-24

Great news today from the MVC office:

ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have announced a 10-year extension to their current media rights agreement that will provide increased coverage of conference events across ESPN platforms through the 2023-24 academic year.

As part of the deal – which continues a business relationship that began in 1986 – ESPN, the Missouri Valley Conference and its 10 member institutions will work jointly to develop inhouse production capabilities at each campus that will provide significant national coverage for multiple sports on ESPN3 and hands-on educational opportunities for students. As a result, ESPN3 will showcase a minimum of 820 events a year (a minimum of 70 men’s basketball) in the final six years of the agreement.

Full report:

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Missouri State sweeps into NCAA baseball super-regional

Congratulations to Head Coach Keith Guttin and the Missouri State Bears on winning the Springfield regional.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State extended its storybook run through the 2015 postseason with a 3-2 victory over Iowa to clinch the second NCAA Division I Regional title in school history Sunday evening at Hammons Field. Jordan Knutson limited the Hawkeyes to one hit and only two baserunners through the first seven innings, before Bryan Young withstood a late UI charge to wrap up the Bears’ 19th consecutive victory and the Springfield Regional championship.

With their school-record-breaking 48th victory of the season, Missouri State advances to Super Regional play, where they will take on Arkansas in a best-of-three format next weekend (June 4-7). The NCAA will make its official announcement of Super Regional locations, dates, game times and television information Monday (June 1) evening.


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Report: Gregg Marshall agrees to 7yr deal worth $3.3M/yr to remain at Wichita State

Multiple reports are indicating that Gregg Marshall will not make his planned visit to Tuscaloosa (since confirmed by Alabama AD Bill Battle) after being offered the head coaching position at Alabama. Instead, Marshall will sign a new 7 year deal to remain at Wichita State as the Shockers’ head coach. The new contract is expected to be worth $3.3 million/year.

Great news for Wichita State and for Missouri Valley Conference hoops.

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Peoria Journal Star report: Bradley fires head coach Geno Ford

According to Dave Reynolds of the Peoriaa Journal Star, Bradley has informed head coach Geno Ford that he would be fired.

Ford, 40, was informed Sunday afternoon by new BU director of athletics Chris Reynolds that he was being dismissed following a disappointing 9-24 season marred by injury, illness and suspension.
“It’s not something that caught me off guard,” Ford said. “Clearly, the record isn’t what you’d want it to be. We wanted to win championships, but we haven’t been able to get to that level.
‘I was realistic when I came here. I inherited a last-place team and knew it would be tough. But it’s a great place that is dying for a winner and deserves to win. Somebody’s going to get it going. I wish it would’ve been me. But it just wasn’t.”

Link to: Full Peoria Journal Star article

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2015 NCAA Tournament pairings – UNI vs Wyoming; Wichita State vs Indiana

Selection Sunday brings surprises – good and bad – every year for college hoops teams and 2015 was no different for Missouri Valley Conference teams Northern Iowa and Wichita State.

Here are my kneejerk reactions to the MVC pairings:


Panthers deserved better than a 5 seed.  I’m not a big RPI wonk, but the lack of respect in their seed line is obvious.  That said, the matchup with Wyoming is good for UNI whether it was a 5-12 or 4-13.  And better yet, I really like the potential game with Louisville in the 3rd round (I thought we were just going to call it the 2nd round now?) if both get there.  Plus, there this little Final 4 projection from Seth Davis:

Wichita State 

A 7 seed? You’ve got to be kidding me.  However, I joked on twitter around noon today that I thought the Shockers would probably be underseeded and given a 6, but I made the comment that I wouldn’t care if they got pushed down to a 7 seed if that meant a possible game with Kansas who most everyone assumed would be a 2 seed.  And Voila!  What do you know? And being sent to Omaha to boot?  It’s a magical day in Wichita for sure.  Now, the Shockers need to get past an embattled Indiana team whose coach might be on his way out and who some thought wouldn’t even make the NCAA tournament.

Welcome to March Madness!

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UNI rallies to defeat Illinois St 69-60 and win #ArchMadness title

Seth Tuttle had 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists, leading No. 11 Northern Iowa back from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Illinois State 69-60 in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship game on Sunday. The Redbirds made eight of their first 12 shots, four of them 3-pointers, and led 33-15 with 2:44 to go in the half.

UNI quickly responded after halftime, closing a 14 point halftime deficit to 39-36 in less than five minutes. Two minutes later, the Panthers took their first lead at 40-39 on a Jeremy Morgan three-pointer – a lead they never relinquished.

Northern Iowa won the MVC tournament title for the third time in seven years and has now won 19 of its past 20 games.

An #ArchMadness Shocker – Illinois St upsets Wichita St, will face UNI for MVC title

MVC semifinals

Illinois St 65
#8 Wichita State 62

#11 UNI 63
Loyola 49


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