Patrick Marshall of Bluejay Basketball is the RTC correspondent for the Big 12 and Missouri Valley Conferences.
Current Records and my standings (Conference Record)(Last Week Rank)
1. Northern Iowa (12-6) (6-1)(1)
2. Illinois St. (16-2) (5-2)(3)
3. Drake (13-6) (4-3) (2)
4. Bradley (11-7) (5-2) (5)
5. Creighton (14-5)(4-3) (4)
6. Evansville (12-5) (4-3) (6)
7. Southern Illinois (8-10) (3-4) (7)
8. Missouri St. (8-10) (1-6) (9)
9. Wichita St. (7-11) (1-6) (10)
10. Indiana St. (4-14) (2-5) (8)
So many things have happened this week and the Valley power has shifted this week. Thus life in the Missouri Valley Conference.
GAME OF THE WEEK:
Creighton 73, Southern Illinois 72 (OT)—Creighton was able to pull a rabbit out of their hat not only once but twice in this game. They were down 3 towards the end of regulation when Cavel Witter was fouled on a three point shot and made all three to tie and send it to overtime. Then in overtime, Creighton was down 4 with under a minute to play and a quick steal and a 3-pointer by P’Allen Stinnett and then a huge three by a limping Booker Woodfox and two free throws at the end by Kenton Walker, let the Bluejays escape against Southern Illinois. This rivalry was as advertised.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Champ Oguchi, Illinois St.—Champ had a great week and was a huge key to the win against Drake this week 65-61. His 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals were the things the Redbirds needed to break a 2-game losing streak from the week before and to get them back into the Valley race.