Patrick Marshall of Bluejay Basketball is the RTC correspondent for the MVC and Big 12 Conferences. He will be reporting from the MVC Tournament this weekend in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Missouri Valley Conference finished regular season play this last week with Northern Iowa and Creighton sharing the MVC regular season crown. Due to the complicated tie-breaker formula, Northern Iowa received the 1-seed for the MVC Tournament and Creighton the 2nd. My preseason predictions weren’t exactly what happened, but like the whole bizarre Valley season usually is, the middle was all muddled up. No one expected Northern Iowa to be as good as they were in conference play and at the same time, it wasn’t expected to see Southern Illinois take such a nosedive so fast in the past two seasons.
The MVC released their postseason awards on Tuesday with Booker Woodfox from Creighton getting the Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year honors. Woodfox leads the nation in 3-point shooting at 50.9% and averaged almost 16 points a game. Champ Oguchi from Illinois St. received the Newcomer of the Year award. I’m a little surprised that Bryan Mullins won the Defensive Player of the Year honors when he missed almost the whole last half of the conference season. Maybe it is a lifetime award or something.
This Thursday night starts what is affectionately known as Arch Madness. I will be down in St. Louis covering things for Rush The Court with a planned RTC Live for at least one game each day starting Friday and other daily updates. I will also have all-access to the postgame news conferences and other media information. If you have things you want me to check out or have questions for the coaches or players – but I won’t be the guy that got kicked out of the Creighton game last weekend—then be sure to ask.
Let’s take a look at the matchups starting on Thursday:
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