Thursday, April 28, 2005 | Men's Basketball 2005 Men's Basketball Season-Ending Notes
In 2005, for the first time in league history, the Valley sent half of its membership to post-season play. The league had sent four teams to postseason 10 times previously, including four times since 1999. What follows below is an abbreviated notebook.
Friday, March 11, 2005 | Men's Basketball 2005 Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team
Junior Neil Plank of Illinois State highlights a list of 18 student-athletes honored as part of the 2004-05 MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams, announced today by the league office. For the second-straight season, Plank has earned selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America? University Division Men?s Basketball Team.
Saturday, March 05, 2005 | Men's Basketball 2005 MVC Men's Basketball All-Bench, Most-Improved Teams
Sophomores Kyle Wilson of Wichita State and Grant Stout of UNI headline the list of selections for the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference specialty teams for men?s basketball. Wilson, a native of Plano, Texas, has been named the league?s team captain for the All-Bench Team, while Stout, a native of New Sharon, Iowa, has been tabbed the Conference?s team captain for the Most Improved Team.
Thursday, March 03, 2005 | Men's Basketball Chris Lowery is 2005 Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year
Southern Illinois? Chris Lowery has been named the Missouri Valley Conference's Rawlings Coach of the Year by a vote of the league?s coaches and media. Lowery, in his first year as head coach of the Salukis, becomes the second rookie to win the league?s top honor in as many years.
Thursday, March 03, 2005 | Men's Basketball 2005 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Tournament
For the fifth time in seven years, the Creighton Bluejays won the State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Tournament after a 75-57 win over Southwest Missouri State Monday night.
With the win, Creighton earns the league's automatic NCAA bid while the Bluejays also earned their ninth MVC Tournament title, and now own an impressive 9-1 record in the championship round, including a 5-0 mark under Dana Altman. In addition, Johnny Mathies was named tournament MVP while Nate Funk and Jimmy Motz were also named to the all-tournament team.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005 | Men's Basketball Plank Earns Academic All-America Honors
Junior Neil Plank became the 12th academic all-American in Illinois State basketball history Wednesday, while also being named to the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team.
#$%^Plank, who carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average in finance, was a second team selection on the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America University Division Men?s Basketball Team. Plank is ISU?s first academic all-American since Sean Riley in 1999.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005 | Men's Basketball 2005 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team
Darren Brooks, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., has been was named the Missouri Valley Conference?s Player of the Year by a vote of the league?s coaches, sports information directors and media. Brooks is the first Saluki to win back-to-back men?s basketball Player of the Year honors and just the seventh in league history to be voted the league?s top player in consecutive seasons.