The NABC has announced its Division I All-District teams and UPS All-District coaches for 2014-15. Ten MVC student-athletes are honored on the District 16 squad. Ben Jacobson of UNI earned District 16 Coach of the Year plaudits.
A balanced scoring attack led the No. 3 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish to an 81-70 win over the No. 7 seed Wichita State Shockers in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Fred VanVleet led all scorers with 25 points, to go with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and zero turnovers.
Purple Aces junior D.J. Balentine scored 22+ points for the third game in a row as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team defeated Louisiana by an 89-82 final at Blackham Coliseum on Thursday. The Purple Aces advance to the semifinals of the CIT and will play at the Ford Center on Tuesday against UT Martin.
Earl Peterson scored all of his team-high 15 points in the second half, including six in a game-changing, 14-0, second-half run, to propel Loyola to a 63-48 win over Seattle in the semifinals of the CBI. The Ramblers will take on Louisiana-Monroe in a best-of-three championship series.
Valley basketball schools went 2-1 in post-season play on Monday to lift the league's post-season record to 8-2 on the year. Evansville (now in CIT quarterfinals) and Loyola (now in the CBI semifinals) both advanced to play in games this week. Wichita State faces Notre Dame on Thursday in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Five MVC post-season teams have combined for six post-season wins through the first week of post-season play. Three league teams continue with games Monday, March 23, as Loyola (CBI), Evansville (CIT) and Illinois State (NIT) represent the MVC.
Wichita State defeated No. 2 seeded Kansas, 78-65, in Omaha on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in the past 10 seasons. The Shockers will face No. 3 seed Notre Dame on Thursday in Cleveland.
On Friday, UNI defeated Wyoming, 71-54, and Wichita State outlasted Indiana, 81-76, to give the MVC two NCAA second-round wins for the second time in three seasons. The league improved to 5-0 in postseason play this year with today's wins.