Checking in on the… Missouri Valley

Posted by rtmsf on January 6th, 2009

Patrick Marshall of Bluejay Basketball is the RTC correspondent for the Missouri Valley and Big 12 Conferences.

Current Records and my standings  (Conference Record)(Last Week Rank)

  1. Illinois St. (14-0) (3-0)(2)
  2. Evansville (10-3) (2-1) (3)
  3. Creighton (12-3)(2-1) (1)
  4. Bradley (9-5) (3-0) (5)
  5. Drake (11-4) (2-1) (4)
  6. Northern Iowa (8-6) (2-1)(6)
  7. Missouri St. (7-7) (0-3) (7)
  8. Wichita St. (6-8) (0-3)  (8)
  9. Southern Illinois (5-9) (0-3) (9)
  10. Indiana St. (3-11) (1-2) (10)

The yearly battle in the Valley once again has shown some surprises.  Is the Valley down this year?  Hard to tell.  Check out the teams this week and how they are doing.


Bradley 60, Wichita St. 58—Bradley got the win on a follow up basket by Sam Singh with almost no time remaining to give Bradley the road win to push them to 2-0 at the time and Wichita St. to 0-2 at the time.  Bradley had held around a 10 point lead the whole game but Wichita St. hung around like they have all season with teams and tied the game with 26 seconds left.   Sam Maniscalco just missed the layup and Singh was there with the rebound and put back to win the game.  As Singh said, “It took a good bounce and I got lucky.”


Osiris Eldridge, Illinois St—Osiris was just dominant this week in Illinois St’s blowout wins against Evansville and Creighton averaging 21 points and 7 rebounds per game.  Illinois St. is still one of 6 undefeated teams in the nation and it has been his stellar play that has helped them dominate games and look almost unbeatable in league play so far.  Maybe they will get that “Undefeated Season” they are talking about…well highly unlikely, but it is nice that they are willing to talk the talk.

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