Friday, June 30, 2006 | Men's Basketball Stout Undergoes Wrist Surgery, Out Two Months
University of Northern Iowa rising senior forward Grant Stout (New Sharon, Iowa) underwent successful wrist surgery yesterday at the Mayo Clinic, and is expected to be back to full activity in two months.
Thursday, June 29, 2006 | Men's Basketball Bradley's Patrick O'Bryant Drafted Ninth Overall
As it turns out, Bradley's final game in the 2006 NCAA Tournament was not Patrick O'Bryant's final game at the Oakland Arena. The Golden State Warriors selected Bradley's 7-foot sophomore center with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Monday, June 26, 2006 | Men's Basketball Kochan & Company Receives Award for Arch Madness Campaign
Kochan & Company Advertising was awarded the 2006 AMA Marketing Excellence Award at ceremonies on June 21 for its efforts on behalf of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men?s Basketball Tournament, uniquely known as Arch Madness, which was held here on March 2-5.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Men's Basketball Father-Son Duo to Lead Drake Men's Basketball
Tom Davis will continue to lead the Drake University men's basketball program until he decides to retire, at which point his son, Keno Davis, will take the reins of the program, Drake President David Maxwell has announced. When the senior Davis retires, Keno Davis will be given a contract as head coach through the 2010-2011 season, ensuring a seamless transition for the program. The junior Davis joined his father on the bench when Tom Davis was named the school's 23rd head coach in 2003.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006 | Men's Basketball Nate Funk Granted Medical Hardship Waiver
Creighton basketball guard Nate Funk, the 2004-05 runner-up for Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, will return to the floor in 2006-07 with the Bluejays. Earlier this week the MVC office granted Funk a medical hardship waiver for his injury-shortened 2005-06 season. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 | Men's Basketball Two Valley Men's Basketball Teams Ranked in Final Top-25 Poll
The national ranking is the first at any point of a season for Bradley since the final poll of the 1987-88 season when the Braves finished No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 12 in what was then the UPI Coaches Poll. The 2005-06 season now is the 14th in which Bradley has been ranked in the final poll of the year.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 | Men's Basketball Two Former Valley Players Taken in First Round
The United States Basketball League (USBL) held its 21st annual college draft selection on Tuesday, April 11, and two former Valley players were taken in the first round, including the 2006 Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year, Paul Miller of Wichita State. The Kansas Cagerz selected Wichita State?s Paul Miller with the 5th pick. The 6-10 forward recently helped the Shockers to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 | Men's Basketball Missouri State Sets Standard in NCAA FT Accuracy
Blake Ahearn of the Missouri State men?s basketball team and the Missouri State Lady Bears reached into new areas of free throw shooting excellence with their NCAA Division I leadership at the foul line for the 2005-06 season. Ahearn became the first player in the 57-year history of NCAA Statistics to lead Division I in free throw accuracy three years in a row.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 | Men's Basketball Turgeon Agrees to Contract Extension
Mark Turgeon has agreed to a long-term extension to his contract as head basketball coach at Wichita State University that runs through 2016, Director of Athletics Jim Schaus has announced.
Saturday, April 08, 2006 | Men's Basketball MBB: Valley is National Conference of the Year
Collegehoops.net, the web's most popular independent college basketball site, has announced the remainder of its 2006 postseason awards, and the Missouri Valley Conference has been tabbed "National Conference of the Year." Ben Howland, coach of national runner-up UCLA was named the 2006 Collegehoops.net Coach of the Year. Fellow Final Four participant George Mason was named the 2006 Collegehoops.net Program of the Year for their impressive run through the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, April 06, 2006 | Men's Basketball Tolliver Is NACDA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Anthony Tolliver, a junior center on the Creighton men's basketball team, has added yet another honor to his growing list of accolades. Tolliver has been named the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics I-AAA National Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Friday, March 24, 2006 | Men's Basketball Bradley Beaten by Memphis in NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Rodney Carney counts on his first dunk of a game igniting his teammates' intensity.
#$%^He dunked all right, he jumped in the passing lanes on defense, and Carney kept top-seeded Memphis from becoming another victim of Bradley's surprising NCAA run.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | Men's Basketball UNI Promotes Ben Jacobson to Head Men's Basketball Coach
Jacobson has been named head men?s basketball coach at the University of Northern Iowa, UNI director of athletics Rick Hartzell announced Wednesday. Jacobson, an assistant coach for the Panthers the past five seasons, replaces Greg McDermott, who was named head coach at Iowa State University on Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | Men's Basketball Moss to Participate in Portsmouth Invitational
Indiana State senior David Moss has been selected to participate in the 2006 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Based in Portsmouth, Va., the tournament will take place April 5-8, and features 64 of the top seniors in the country. Players are divided into eight teams, consisting of eight players.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | Men's Basketball Missouri State Falls to Louisville in NIT
Taquan Dean scored 26 points to lead Louisville to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals for the first time in 21 years with a 74-56 victory over Missouri State on Wednesday night.
Saturday, March 18, 2006 | Men's Basketball Valley Sends Two To NCAA Sweet 16
For the first time in Missouri Valley Conference history, two league teams are in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in the same season. The Shockers advanced to the Sweet 16 after upsetting Tennessee Saturday while Bradley edged Pittsburgh Sunday to advance to the third round.
Thursday, March 16, 2006 | Men's Basketball Shockers Win First-Round Game; Creighton Advances in NIT
Valley men's teams went 2-0 in postseason play on Thursday as No. 7 Wichita State picked up its first NCAA win since 1981 as the Shockers beat No. 10 Seton Hall 86-66. Creighton also won at home against Akron in the NIT, 71-60.
Sunday, March 12, 2006 | Men's Basketball Six Teams to Play in Post Season
March 12 was an historic day in the Missouri Valley Conference. For the first time in the league's 99-year history, four teams have been selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, as Bradley, UNI and regular-season champ Wichita State joined automatic qualifer Southern Illinois in the 2006 NCAA Tournament field. The brackets were also announced for the 40-team NIT field, and Creighton and Missouri State will represent the Valley in the NIT -- giving The Valley six post-season teams in the same year for the first time in league history.
Friday, March 10, 2006 | Men's Basketball 2006 Men's Basketball All-Bench; Most-Improved Teams
Senior Kellen Easley of Missouri State and junior Anthony Tolliver of Creighton headline the list of selections for the 2006 Missouri Valley Conference specialty teams for men?s basketball. Easley, a native of Joliet, Ill., has been named the league?s team captain for the All-Bench Team, while Tolliver, a native of Springfield, Mo., has been tabbed the Conference?s team captain for the Most Improved Team.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006 | Men's Basketball Holsinger Named One of Nation's Best Freshmen
University of Evansville guard Jason Holsinger has been chosen as one of the nation's top 25 Division I freshmen basketball players by CollegeInsider.com.
Sunday, March 05, 2006 | Men's Basketball 2006 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship
In the championship game of the 2006 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, No. 2 Southern Illinois (22-10) defeated No. 5 Bradley (20-10) 59-46 behind another strong performance from Randal Falker. The sophomore finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds on his way to being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. This is Southern Illinois' fourth tournament title overall, its first since 1995.
Sunday, March 05, 2006 | Men's Basketball 2006 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team
Randal Falker of Southern Illinois highlights the 2006 MVC Men's Basketball All-Tournament team. Behind Falker, and two other Salukis named to the All-Tournament team, Southern Illinois won the MVC Tournament championship for the first time since 1995, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, March 02, 2006 | Men's Basketball Wichita State's Miller, Turgeon Named Player, Coach of the Year
After helping Wichita State win its first regular-season title in 23 years, Paul Miller has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year by a vote of league coaches, media and sports information directors. Miller is the first Shocker since 1985 to earn Valley Player of the Year plaudits (Xavier McDaniel). In fact, he's only the third Wichita State player to earn the award (Antoine Carr, 1983, and McDaniel in 1984 and 1985) since the MVC began selecting a Player of the Year in 1969.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006 | Men's Basketball Plank Earns Academic All-America Honors
Senior Neil Plank became the fourth men?s basketball player from Illinois State to repeat as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America? when he was named to the 2006 University Division Men?s Basketball Team on Wednesday. It marked the 13th time a player from the Illinois State basketball program had been honored on the national team.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 | Men's Basketball 2006 Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team
Senior Neil Plank of Illinois State highlights a list of 17 student-athletes honored as part of the 2006 MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams, announced today by the league office. For the third-straight season, Plank has earned selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America? University Division Men?s Basketball Team. Plank, who carries a 3.93 cumulative grade point average in finance, is one of three Valley representatives (Jamaal Tatum and Anthony Tolliver) on an all-district team.
Monday, February 27, 2006 | Men's Basketball Wichita State Takes Top Seed for 2006 State Farm MVC Tournament
It?s been five years since a team other than Southern Illinois has earned the top seed for the State Farm MVC Tournament, but Wichita State (23-7, 14-4) snapped that streak in 2006, as the Shockers have earned an outright regular-season title and a No. 1 seed for this year?s tournament, which begins on Thursday, March 2, at Savvis Center in St. Louis.
Monday, February 27, 2006 | Men's Basketball Three Share Final Weekly Men's Basketball Honors
This week's State Farm MVC co-Players of the Week are Bradley's Marcellus Sommerville and Bradley Strickland of Evansville. And the State Farm MVC Newcomer of the Week is Nick Porter of Creighton.
Monday, February 20, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook; Five Teams Still Can Share Title
With seven days (and two games for each team) left in the regular-season race, as many as five Valley teams can still earn at least a share of the regular-season title. One of those teams is UNI, which climbed into the Top 25 for the third week this season (at No. 25 in the Associated Press poll of Feb. 20). Wichita State is the current leader in the Valley standings, though, and the Shockers are seeking their first regular-season crown since taking the title in 1983.
Monday, February 20, 2006 | Men's Basketball Jacobson Honored, Panthers in the Top 25 Again
University of Northern Iowa senior guard Ben Jacobson has been named first team All-District 12 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and the Panthers are back in the Top 25 (Associated Press) for the third time this season.
Saturday, February 18, 2006 | Men's Basketball 2006 BracketBusters presented by eBay Recaps
The Missouri Valley Conference completed its non-conference regular-season slate on Saturday, as five Valley games were featured on ESPN's family of networks as part of BracketBusters presented by eBay. UNI's win over No. 24-ranked Bucknell (RPI of 39) and Missouri State's win at Wis.-Milwaukee (RPI of 51) marked the league's highest "RPI" wins on the day.
Monday, February 13, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook; Mullins Sweeps Weekly Awards
Each league team has three conference games remaining, and there is a four-way tie for first place. In its 98-year history, The Valley has never had a four-way tie for first at the end of the regular season. There have been tri-champs three times previously (most recently in 1971), and the most-recent co-champs were Creighton-SIU in 2002.
Friday, February 10, 2006 | Men's Basketball Tolliver Earns All-District Honors
Creighton men's basketball junior Anthony Tolliver, a finance major with a 3.541 GPA, Tolliver has earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team honors.
Thursday, February 09, 2006 | Men's Basketball Plank, Tatum Honored on All-Academic Team
Southern Illinois University junior guard Jamaal Tatum and senior Neil Plank of Illinois State have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District men's basketball team on Thursday.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006 | Men's Basketball Five MVC Teams Featured on BracketBusters presented by eBay
Five Missouri Valley Conference schools -- Creighton, Missouri State, UNI, Southern Illinois and Wichita State -- have been selected for the BracketBusters presented by eBay telecast schedule for Saturday, February 18.
Monday, February 06, 2006 | Men's Basketball Panthers Stay in Top 25 Men's Basketball Rankings
For the second-straight week, UNI (20-4) is in the Top 25. The Panthers are No. 25 in this week's Associated Press poll, but did fall out of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll after clocking in at No. 24 last week. The Panthers face Wichita State (19-5) in a battle for first place on Tuesday at the UNI-Dome. That game can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio on Channel 181 (7:05 p.m. CST).
Monday, February 06, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook; UNI Reaches 20 Victories
UNI picked up its 20th win of the season on Feb. 4, while Wichita State grabbed victory No. 19 the same day. The league has had a minimum of two 20-game winners in each of the past seven seasons. In 2004-05, the league had four twenty-game winners (Southern Illinois, Creighton, UNI, Wichita State), tying an all-time record for 20-game winners. Wichita State goes for No. 20 at UNI on Tuesday in a battle between first-place teams.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006 | Men's Basketball 2006 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Tournament Ticket Promotions
The 2006 State Farm MVC Tournament marks the 16th-straight season the men's basketball championship will be played in St. Louis. In addition to purchasing tickets on the MVC web site -- there are a number of tournament ticket discounts available for the tournament. Some of the promotions start as early as Feb. 1.
Monday, January 30, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook; Panthers Crack Top 25
In men's basketball, UNI is No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, and UNI is ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press. A Valley team has been ranked in each of the past three seasons. Although not in the Associated Press poll last year, Southern Illinois was No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll of Feb. 28. SIU (six weeks) and Creighton (one week) were both ranked in the AP in 2003-04, while Creighton spent 15 weeks in the AP top-25 poll in 2003. UNI had never been ranked until cracking the top-25 polls this week.
Monday, January 23, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
Sunday (Jan. 22) marked the half-way point of the 2005-06 men's basketball conference season. For the first time since 1999, four teams share the lead at the midway point as Creighton, UNI, Southern Illinois and Wichita State share identical 7-2 league records. This marks the first time since UNI joined the league in 1992 that the Panthers have been in first place at the turn.
Monday, January 16, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
Southern Illinois is 6-0, marking the fourth-straight season the Salukis have been perfect after five league games. SIU was 6-0, 17-0, and 5-0 before losing a league game the past three seasons. At least one team has started the league season 3-0 or better for 16-straight years. The last time a league season did not have a 3-0 team was the 1989-90 season, when Illinois State and Tulsa both started 2-0 before losing. SIU's current 11-game winning streak is fifth-best in the nation. Valley games tonight feature SIU at UNI (Sirius Satellite Radio); and Evansville at Illinois State (FSN Midwest).
Monday, January 09, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
The Valley continues to rank No. 5 (thru games of Jan. 8) in the Collegiate Basketball News RPI. Notably, a pre-NCAA Tournament selection conference RPI of No. 5 or better has translated into 4 or more NCAA tourney teams in each of the past six seasons. UNI's RPI, meanwhile, is a league-best No. 9.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
Just two weeks into the conference season, three different teams have held sole possession of first place in the league standings (Indiana State, 1-0, now 1-2; Wichita State, 2-0, now 2-1; and Southern Illinois, 2-0, have all claimed first place by themselves.) This week features three Valley telecasts, including two on ESPNU. Meanwhile, Bradley's Patrick O'Bryant and SIU's Bryan Mullins are the Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Release
The conference schedule gets in full swing this week as eight league teams play conference games Wednesday (Dec. 28). In fact, only two non-conference games remain until Feb. 18, when all MVC teams are involved in ESPN's Bracket Buster Saturday. Meanwhile, this week's Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week are David Moss of Indiana State and Al Stewart of Drake.
Monday, December 19, 2005 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
The Missouri Valley Conference ranks No. 3 (thru games of Dec. 18) in the Collegiate Basketball News RPI. With an RPI rating of (.5707), The Valley trails only the Big Ten (.5937) and the Big East (.5709). The ACC (.5680), Big 12 (.5537) and SEC (.5478) follow. Indiana State (4), Missouri State (22), UNI (25), and Creighton (44) represent Valley schools in the Top 50. The Valley and the SEC are the only two conferences in the nation that have all of their members with better than .500 records (thru Dec. 18).
Monday, December 12, 2005 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook - Valley Ranked No. 4
The Missouri Valley Conference ranks No. 4 (thru games of Dec. 11) in the Collegiate Basketball News RPI. The all-time best (season-ending RPI) for the Valley is No. 8 (1999 and 2005). The Valley trails only the Big Ten, Big East, and ACC in the first report. Missouri State (7) and Indiana State (9) and UNI (14) lead The Valley in the school rankings.
Monday, December 05, 2005 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
In men's basketball, The Valley is off to one of its best starts in league history, recording a 36-11 non-conference record in the first three weeks. Including in that record is a 3-5 mark against BCS leagues thus far this year, which includes a one-point loss to nationally ranked Illinois (by Wichita State) and a three-point loss to nationally ranked Boston College (by Drake). The Valley has two games against the Big XII and three against Big Ten members this week.
Monday, November 28, 2005 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
The Valley's 24-7 mark is an impressive start to the 2005-06 season. It is No. 3 all-time in league history. Four of the losses were on the road, and two more came to teams ranked in the Top 15 (one-point loss to No. 15 Illinois and three-point loss to No. 10 Boston College). Nate Funk has led Creighton to a perfect 3-0 start, while Ajay Calvin has helped Drake to its 4-1 beginning. Both have earned weekly MVC honors.
Monday, November 21, 2005 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
The Valley has zipped out to an 11-0 non-conference record through games of Nov. 20. The Valley is the only conference in Division I without a loss. Meanwhile, this week's Player of the Week is Tony Bennett of Bradley. The Newcomer of the Week is Evansville's Jason Holsinger.
Thursday, October 27, 2005 | Men's Basketball Basketball Player of the Year Awards to Be Named for Stiles, Bird
Men?s and women?s basketball Player of the Year awards will be linked to two well-known names synonymous with college basketball and the Missouri Valley Conference, the league announced today. The Valley?s men?s basketball Player of the Year will be named for men?s basketball great Larry Bird, while the female Player of the year accolade will honor former Missouri State star Jackie Stiles.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005 | Men's Basketball 2005-06 Men's Basketball Preview; Panthers Picked to Win Title
For the first time in league history, UNI has been chosen as the Missouri Valley Conference men?s basketball pre-season favorite, as announced by the conference office. UNI received 379 total points and 23 first-place tallies in the poll, conducted by league coaches, media, and sports information directors.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 | Men's Basketball CBS Sports to Air State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship Game
CBS Sports, College Basketball's leading network broadcaster, has acquired the rights to the Missouri Valley Conference Men's College Basketball Championship game, through an agreement with ESPN Regional. The multi-year agreement begins with the 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Thursday, September 15, 2005 | Men's Basketball All 10 Valley Teams to Take Part in Bracketbusters
All 10 Missouri Valley Conference men?s basketball programs will compete in the fourth annual Bracket Buster Saturday series, which will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Saturday, February 18, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 | Men's Basketball Jacobson Leads NIT All-Stars to 7-0 Record
The University of Northern Iowa senior guard Ben Jacobson led all point scorers in the 2005 NIT All-Star tour. The Sioux City, Iowa, native averaged 16.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in the seven-game trip abroad.