Junior Wes Washpun of UNI and junior Devonte Brown of Indiana State headline the list of selections for the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference specialty teams for men’s basketball. Washpun, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been tabbed the conference’s Team Captain for the All-Bench Team, while Brown, a native of Killeen, Texas, is the league’s Team Captain for the Most-Improved Team.
The 2015 MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year is senior Seth Tuttle of UNI. Tuttle, the MVC's active leader in both scoring and rebounding, has helped the Panthers to a 27-3 overall record and No. 11 national rank. He's the third different Panther to earn the league's Player of the Year award, joining Jason Daisy (1997) and Adam Koch (2010).
For just the second time in MVC history, two ranked teams will appear in Arch Madness, as Wichita State (8) and UNI (11) enter this weekend ranked high in the Associated Press rankings. The final weekly player honors go to Christian Thomas of Loyola and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell of Illinois State.
For the third time in four seasons (and fifth time overall), the Wichita State Shockers will enter the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament as the event’s No. 1 seed. Wichita State, 27-3, defeated No. 2 seed UNI, also 27-3, in a winner-take-all game today in Wichita.
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 14 outstanding players as finalists for the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy, as selected by the association's board of directors. Wichita State's Ron Baker and UNI's Seth Tuttle represent the MVC.
For the first time since 1972, two league teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 will play one another twice in the same season as Wichita State hosts UNI on Feb. 28 (then-MVC members Louisville and Memphis squared off twice as ranked teams in 1972.)