Patrick Marshall of White & Blue Review is the RTC correspondent for the Missouri Valley Conference.
MY STANDINGS (current records)
- Missouri State (4-0)
- Wichita State (2-0)
- Illinois State (2-0)
- Indiana State (2-1)
- Southern Illinois (2-1)
- Creighton (2-1)
- Bradley (2-1)
- Northern Iowa (2-1)
- Evansville (2-1)
- Drake (1-4)
STORIES OF THE WEEK
Injuries, Illness and Suspensions—The Valley has started out with several injuries, illnesses and suspensions this season, causing some teams to play without some veteran leaders including:
- Bradley lost Dodie Dunson for the season with a broken arm suffered in their game against Idaho State while Taylor Brown is serving a suspension for an offseason battery charge. Brown was the team’s leading scorer during the Labor Day trip to Brazil.
- Creighton lost Justin Carter to an MCL tear for 2-4 weeks, Casey Harriman was hospitalized with swine flu that turned to tonsillitis that turned to strep throat that turned into mononucleosis, while Chad Millard has been out with a foot injury since September.
- Drake was without Josh Young due to a hip pointer injury.
- Wichita St. was without Clevin Hannah for the first three games (including the upcoming CBE Classic game against Pittsburgh) due to a “paperwork” error on his amateur status.