Illinois State is the State Farm MVC Tournament top seed for the first time in 20 seasons. The Redbirds, which shared the league regular-season title with Wichita State, earned the tiebreaker (overall RPI as of Sunday, Feb. 26).
For the first time in the MVC's 110-year history, the Conference has co-champions with identical 17-1 league marks. Illinois State (25-5, 17-1) and #25 Wichita State (27-4, 17-1) represent the first co-champs in the Missouri Valley Conference in nine seasons.
The MVC enters the final week of the regular season with 10 total games remaining on the conference slate. This week's MVC Player of the Week is Deontae Hawkins of Illinois State; the Newcomer of the Week is Alize Johnson of Missouri State.