Missouri Valley Conference Power Rankings – Updated Jan. 16

For the first time since this site was founded, Illinois State sits atop the MVCfans.com power rankings. It is also the first time that the Redbirds have been alone in first place in the Valley standings this late in a season since 1998.  While that is an impressive feat that deserves recognition,  I think most long time fans of the Valley would agree that the rise of the Redbirds isn’t shocking as Coach Muller assembled a roster that has shown improvement in recent years and a breakout season appeared imminent.  Perhaps more noteworthy (and unexpected) than Illinois State’s ascendance, UNI finds itself in new territory at the bottom of the rankings for the first time despite Sunday’s win over Drake.  The Panthers fell precipitously since our last update after losses to Iowa and UNC followed by an 0-5 Valley start.

MVC Power Rankings

1) Illinois State 6-0
2) Wichita State 5-1
3) SIU 4-2
4) Loyola 3-3 
5) Missouri State 3-3
6) Bradley 3-3
7) Drake 3-3
8 ) Indiana State 1-5
9) Evansville 1-5
10) UNI 1-5 


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Report: Wichita State being considered for AAC membership

According to well known college basketball writer Jon Rothstein, the American Athletic Conference has discussed the possibility of adding Wichita State to it’s league membership.

“Adding the Wichita State brand to a league that already has UConn, Cincinnati, Temple, Memphis, Houston and SMU would make that a four-to-five bid conference,” one coach told FanRag Sports. “It’s a no-brainer for the American.”

link: Report: Wichita State mentioned as possible addition to American Athletic Conference
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MVCfans.com Pre-Turkey Day Power Rankings

Is it too early to try and rank the Valley’s teams? Of course.  Will that stop us?  Of course not.  As most of us prepare for a Thanksgiving weekend filled with eating too much and watching sports, here is our appetizer – the first version of the MVC Power Rankings.

MVC Power Rankings

1) Wichita Sate 4-0 - Shockers have been impressive and really haven’t been tested in four games so far, but that will change over the next couple of days.  A win over LSU today sets up a likely Final 4 rematch against Rick Pitino and Louisville.
2) UNI 3-1  – Only a close loss to a ranked Xavier team keeps the Panthers from ascending to the top spot in the initial rankings.  Victories over Arizona State and Oklahoma will provide some resume benefit in March, but it is a second opportunity against Xavier on Saturday that provides UNI a chance to stamp themselves as a bona fide at large candidate.
3) Loyola 5-1- Ramblers went 2-1 at the Paradise Jam including wins over Oral Roberts and Washington State after posting three easy wins over overmatched foes. Saturday’s road game at North Carolina State should tell us much more about Loyola and whether they are a contender or pretender.
4) Missouri State 3-0 - Let’s start by saying the Bears’ non-conference slate leaves something to be desired.  Wins over Alabama A&M, Jacksonville St, and Fontbonne count in the win column but no where else.  Road game tonight at DePaul will provide a slightly more difficult test.
5) Indiana State 2-1 -  The only blemish is an OT loss at Northern Illinois which the Sycs followed up with an OT win at Ball State.  A win in the early Thanksgiving Day game against #21 Iowa State would set up Indiana State for possible games against Miami and Gonzaga.
6) Illinois State 1-2 - Assuming that off the court issues have been settled, Redbirds have the horsepower to challenge for an MVC title despite another slow start.  Lee, Hawkins, and McIntosh are as good as any trio in the league so I don’t expect ISU to remain in the lower half of these rankings for long.
Note: at this point there’s not much to separate spots 7-9
 (but we reserved 10th for Drake)
7) Bradley 3-2 -Before the season I wanted to buy stock in Bradley, but then the Braves laid an egg at home to Delaware. Despite that, I think BU will be better than the next three teams listed.
8 ) Southern Illinois 3-2 - The highlight so far is that we got another great rant from Barry Hinson after losing at Arkansas. Maybe the Salukis can beat Minnesota on Friday and we’ll talk about the SIU basketball team instead.
9) Evansville 2-1 - Save for an opening season drubbing at Louisville, Aces and Bears appear to be in some sort of non-conference scheduling co-op. Understandable this year for a rebuilding Aces’ team, I suppose.
10) Drake 1-2 -  Another long season appears in store for the fans in the Knapp Center. Avoiding Thursday night at Arch Madness might earn Giacoletti my Coach of the Year vote.


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MVCfans.com users predict Wichita State will win Valley… again


For the fourth consecutive year, the users at MVCfans.com have chosen the Wichita State Shockers as the likely regular season champion of the Missouri Valley Conference.  Valley fans expect that Illinois State and Northern Iowa will challenge the Shockers for the top spot.

Official MVCfans.com – Predictions:
10th Place – Drake
9th Place – Evansville
8th Place – Bradley
7th Place – Loyola
6th Place – Southern Illinois
5th Place – Indiana State
4th Place – Missouri State
3rd Place – Northern Iowa
2nd Place – Illinois State
1st Place – Wichita State


Message board and poll results: MVCfans.com 2016-17 men’s basketball discussion

Official 2016-17 MVCfans.com – 1st Place Prediction

A late flurry of voting pushed Northern Iowa into third place in our annual user poll. Now only Illinois State and Wichita State remain – who do you think will win the 2016-17 MVC regular season men’s basketball championship?

-You are choosing the team that you believe will finish in 1st place for this regular season. Poll open until Wednesday, October 19.

Official MVCfans.com – Predictions:
10th Place – Drake
9th Place – Evansville
8th Place – Bradley
7th Place – Loyola
6th Place – Southern Illinois
5th Place – Indiana State
4th Place – Missouri State
3rd Place – Northern Iowa
2nd Place –
1st Place –

-Visit the MVCfans.com Message Board and cast your vote.




Official 2016-17 MVCfans.com Prediction – 3rd Place

And then there were 3.

In our most recent poll, Missouri State was chosen as the likely 4th place finisher in the MVC men’s basketball regular season leaving just Illinois State, Northern Iowa, and Wichita State. Of the teams remaining, who do you think will finish in 3rd place?

-You are choosing the team that you believe will finish in 3rd place for this regular season. Poll open until Thursday, October 13.

Official MVCfans.com – Predictions:
10th Place – Drake
9th Place – Evansville
8th Place – Bradley
7th Place – Loyola
6th Place – Southern Illinois
5th Place – Indiana State
4th Place – Missouri State…..

-To vote, visit the MVCfans.com Message Board and cast your vote.




Official 2016-17 MVCfans.com Prediction – 10th Place

It’s that time of year again as Valley fans begin to look ahead to the 2016-17 Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball season. This is the 7th year of our site and, as always, we begin with our preseason 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.

Here are previous MVCfans.com results (predicted / actual):
2010-11: Wichita State / Missouri State
2011-12: Creighton / Wichita State
2012-13: Creighton / Creighton
2013-14: Wichita State / Wichita State
2014-15: Wichita State / Wichita State
2015-16: Wichita State / Wichita State

Week 1 – Who will finish in 10th place during the 2016-17 MVC men’s basketball season?
-Click the link to visit the MVCfans.com Message Board and cast your vote.

Poll open until the evening of Wednesday, September 7.

Report: Wichita State has contacted Mountain West about possible membership

In a significant development, Dennis Dodd from cbssports.com is reporting that representatives from Wichita State have contacted the Mountain West Conference about possible membership.

Individuals representing Wichita State’s athletic interests have approached the Mountain West Conference about membership, multiple sources told CBS Sports.

Led by president John Bardo, Wichita State has been exploring its conference options in both basketball and football. Last year, Bardo commissioned an ongoing feasibility study to bring football back to the athletic program. The school dropped the sport in 1986.

The 12-member Mountain West only has 11 basketball-playing members as Hawaii plays basketball in the Big West. Wichita State may value its basketball on a larger stage with momentum created by highly successful coach Gregg Marshall.

Through a spokesman, Bardo declined comment.

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MVCfans.com 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Awards and Honors

As another Missouri Valley Conference basketball season concludes, today we honor several individuals who had a significant impact on their teams and the conference.

Below are our selections for Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year.

Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year:

Barry Hinson, Southern Illinois
It isn’t often that the coach from a 4th place team wins a league coach of the year award, but we made an exception this year.  In his fourth season at the helm in Carbondale, Hinson took a 12-21 team that was predicted to finish 9th in the Valley and led them to an upper half finish (22-9 overall) while reinvigorating a once proud program.  Hinson exceeded all expectations this season and for that reason we are happy to honor Coach Barry Hinson – our 2016 MVCfans.com Coach of the Year.


Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year:
Markis McDuffie, Wichita State

In an MVC season dominated by upperclassmen, there was a relative lack of  prominent freshman in 2015-16.  One standout, however, even in a reserve role, was Markis McDuffie of Wichita State.  Despite only averaging 7ppg and 3 rebounds per game, McDuffie played critical minutes as the Shockers battled injuries all season long.  He showed flashes of exceptional play that make him a contender for All-Valley honors in years to come.  Congratulations to Markis McDuffie – the MVCfans.com Freshman of the Year.


Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year:
Dequon Miller, Missouri State

Miller, a transfer from Motlow College in Tennessee,  started all 30 games and was the leading scorer for the Bears in 2015-16.  His year will be remembered by many for big shots made in the closing moments of games against Oklahoma State, UNI, and Loyola.  Miller earned five weekly Newcomer awards this season and for his outstanding play this year, we recognize him as our MVCfans.com Newcomer of the Year.


Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year:
Ron Baker, Wichita State
The most difficult of the honors awarded, Ron Baker of Wichita State is our defensive player of the year.  A case could be made for both Evansville’s Egidijus Mockevicius and Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet, but after careful consideration we chose Baker for his consistency, effort, and willingness to guard opponents’ toughest scorers on the defensive end.  Congratulations to Ron Baker – MVCfans.com 2015-16 Defensive Player of the Year.


MVCfans.com 2016 Player of the Year and All-MVC teams

I am honored once again to recognize the finest players in the Valley with my All-MVC first and second teams, as well as those deserving of honorable mention.

Larry Bird Player of the Year

Fred VanVleet – Wichita State

For the second time in three years, Fred VanVleet is our choice for MVC player of the year.  The seasons (and careers) of the other four players recognized as first teamers are in many ways also deserving, but the impact of VanVleet on the Shockers and the conference is immeasurable.  VanVleet averaged 12.3 points per game and 5.8 assists per game, but it was his composure and leadership that made him a three time 1st Team All-MVC performer.  While it is difficult to separate the careers and legacies of VanVleet and his backcourt partner, Ron Baker, – they will likely be recognized as one of the great pairings in MVC history – it is VanVleet who we ultimately felt was most deserving of this recognition.

First Team All-MVC

Fred VanVleet - Wichita State

Ron Baker – Wichita State

DJ Balentine – Evansville

Egidijus Mockevicius – Evansville

Anthony Beane Jr – SIU


Chris’ notes: As we said before the season started it felt like the first four guys on the list were shoo-ins for All-MVC and we were only going to struggle with the final first team selection.  To no one’s surprise, that is exactly what happened.  Beane gets the nod from us as he led the Salukis to a top half finish while averaging 19.4ppg.

Second Team All-MVC

Wes Washpun, UNI

Devonte Brown, Indiana State

Brenton Scott, Indiana State

Dequon Miller, Missouri State

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Illinois State


Chris’ notes: Washpun heads the 2nd team and I would listen to the argument that he should be on the first team.  Really difficult decision there.  Brown, Scott and DAP were definitely among the best 10 in my opinion and I went with Miller over several other deserving candidates for the final spot.

Honorable Mention All-MVC

Matt Bohannon, UNI

Jeremy Morgan, UNI

Paris Lee, Illinois State

Milton Doyle, Loyola

Chris Kendrix, Missouri State

Reed Timmer, Drake

MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State

Montel James, Loyola

Evan Wessel, Wichita State


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