Tuesday, May 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball Anthony Parker Among Euroleague's 50 Greatest
Former Bradley men's basketball star Anthony Parker has been named as one of the Euroleague's 50 Greatest Contributors during this past weekend's Euroleague Finals in Madrid. Parker was also named one of the 12 best to compete in both the NBA and the Euroleague, according to an ESPN.com article accompanying the Euroleague 50 Greatest Contributors List.
Monday, April 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball Legendary Coach Robinson Passes Away
NORMAL, Ill. ? The Illinois State athletics family suffered a great loss early Monday morning, when legendary and influential former head coach Will Robinson passed away. Robinson, who also served more than 30 years in various capacities within the NBA's Detroit Pistons organization, was 96. He died at a Detroit-area hospital.
Monday, April 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Hires Mark Phelps To Lead Basketball Program
DES MOINES, IOWA - Mark Phelps, who has served as associate head coach at Arizona State the past two seasons, has been named the 25th men's head basketball coach at Drake University, Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb announced on Monday (April 21).
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | Men's Basketball Holsinger, Hibma Honored on I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team
Evansville's Jason Holsinger and Creighton's Pierce Hibma have been chosen for the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Basketball Teams. Now in its seventh year, the organization represents Division I institutions that do not sponsor football. Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for the scholar-athlete awards.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Begins Search For New Men's Basketball Coach
DES MOINES, IOWA -- Drake President David Maxwell and Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb announced Tuesday that a search is under way to hire a new men's basketball coach to succeed Keno Davis who has accepted a job as head coach at Providence College.
Friday, April 04, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Falls in Championship Game of CBI, 70-64, to Tulsa
The Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball season came to a close Friday, as Tulsa rallied to beat Bradley, 70-64, in the third game of a best-of-three series in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. Theron Wilson led the Braves with a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Friday, April 04, 2008 | Men's Basketball Davis Earns AP Coach of the Year Honors
SAN ANTONIO -- Keno Davis, who capped his first season as a head coach by leading Drake to its first NCAA appearance since 1971, was selected The Associated Press college basketball coach of the year Friday.
Friday, April 04, 2008 | Men's Basketball Keno Davis Earns Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award
BOSTON (MA) -- After leading Drake to a 28-5 mark and the schools first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1971, Keno Davis has been selected the recipient of the 2008 Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award.
Friday, April 04, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Named Collegehoops.Net Program of the Year
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. -- The Drake men's basketball team continues to receive more honors following its school-record 28-5 mark. But, perhaps, no award is more symbolizing than the latest accolade bestowed upon the Bulldogs.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Downs Tulsa, 83-74, Forces Third Game in CBI
Jeremy Crouch led four Bradley Braves in double figures as he had a game-high 20 points, including 5-of-10 from three-point range, as Bradley downed visiting Tulsa, 83-74, on Wednesday night. The teams will play a third and decisive game in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational on Friday (7 pm on FCS) in Tulsa.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Faces Tulsa in Round Two of CBI Championship Series
The last two Missouri Valley Conference teams to win a postseason national men's basketball tournament will meet in game two of the best-of-three championship series of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational when Bradley hosts Tulsa on April 2 (7 pm FCS).
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Falls in Opening Game of CBI Championship Series, 73-68
TULSA, Okla. (AP) ? Jerome Jordan scored 18 points, including two clinching free throws, to help lead Tulsa to a 73-68 victory over Bradley in the first game of a best-of-three series in the College Basketball Invitational finals on Monday. Jeremy Crouch led the Braves with 16 points, while Daniel Ruffin also reached double-figure points, with 15.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | Men's Basketball Davis Named National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times
DES MOINES, IOWA - First-year Drake coach Keno Davis has been named the Men's Basketball National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times, a monthly publication that's been familiar to fans of the sport for nearly 30 years.
Friday, March 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Missouri State's Ahearn Joins Miami Heat
Missouri State University's Blake Ahearn is headed to the National Basketball Association. Ahearn, a former two-time Missouri State Coors Player of the Year and two-time Missouri Valley Conference all-league first team selection will head from his current assignment in the NBA Development League in Bismarck, N.D., to Miami, Fla., to join the NBA's Miami Heat.
Friday, March 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Southern Illinois Ends Season, Falls in NIT -- Drake, Creighton Play Friday
Southern Illinois' season came to an end Thursday night in Tempe, Ariz., with a 14-point loss at top-seeded Arizona State in a second-round game of the Mastercard NIT Basketball Championship. Despite a double-double from Randal Falker, SIU fell to 18-15 suffering the Valley's first postseason loss in five tries this year.
Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley, Illinois State Cruise to Wednesday Victories; Valley Stays Perfect in Post-Season Play
In Wednesday's men's basketball action, Bradley slipped by Cincinnati, 70-67, and Illinois State outlasted visiting Utah State to lift the Valley's overall post-season record to 4-0. Southern Illinois (at Arizona State), Creighton (at Florida), Illinois State (vs. Dayton), Bradley (vs. Ohio), and Drake (vs. Western Kentucky) continue post-season MVC play this week.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | Men's Basketball Heroic Creighton Comeback Lifts Valley To 2-0 Postseason Start
In first-round NIT games, Creighton rallied from a second-half 17-point deficit to beat visiting Rhode Island, while the Salukis, playing without starting point guard Bryan Mullins, cruised to an easy 16-point victory against Oklahoma State at SIU Arena. In Omaha, Creighton's Cavel Witter hit a game-winning trey with 3.2 seconds remaining
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake's Davis wins 2007-08 Henry Iba Award
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) - First-year Drake University Coach Keno Davis, who guided the Bulldogs to the school's first NCAA tournament berth and first Missouri Valley Conference championship in 37 years, has been selected winner of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Monday, March 17, 2008 | Men's Basketball Valley Gets 5 Postseason Bids; Drake A No. 5 Seed in NCAAs
For the third time in the past four years, The Valley has half of its membership in post-season. Bradley (CBI), Creighton (NIT), Drake (NCAA), Illinois State (NIT), and Southern Illinois (NIT) represent the MVC. The five bids are the second-most in league history (trailing six post-season bids in 2006). The league also had five bids in 2005.
Saturday, March 15, 2008 | Men's Basketball CBS Sports to Feature Drake Knapp Center on Sunday Selection Show
DES MOINES, IOWA - Drake Athletic Department officials learned Friday that CBS Sports will cut away to the Drake Knapp Center during its live presentation of the NCAA Basketball Selection Show to get reaction from the Drake basketball team being selected to play in the NCAA Tournament..
Thursday, March 13, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Trio Earns USBWA All-District Honors
ST. LOUIS, MO. -- Drake's Keno Davis has been named the District VI Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, while Drake guards Adam Emmenecker (Saginaw, Mich.) and Josh Young (Lawton, Okla.) were named to the nine-man All-District VI team.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 | Men's Basketball Davis Named National Coach of the Year
ST. LOUIS, MO. -- First-year Drake University coach Keno Davis, who has guided the Bulldogs to a school-record 28-4 mark, including its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1971, has been named by Sporting News Magazine as its National College Basketball Coach of the Year.
Sunday, March 09, 2008 | Men's Basketball 2008 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship
Top-seeded Drake captured its first State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Crown with a 79-49 victory over No. 2 Illinois State. The Bulldogs earn the Valley's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Sunday, March 09, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake 79, Illinois State 49 Recap
Drake took home its first State Farm MVC Tournament trophy with a 79-49 victory over Illinois State.
Friday, March 07, 2008 | Men's Basketball Missouri State Tops Evansville To Reach Quarterfinals
The Missouri State Bears got off to a strong start offensively and stayed strong defensively and in rebounding for 40 minutes as they rolled to a 69-46 victory over the Evansville Purple Aces Thursday night in the first round of the State Farm Insurance Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Thursday, March 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake's Keno Davis Named Valley?s Top Men?s Basketball Coach
ST. LOUIS -- For the first time since 1993, a Drake coach has earned the Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year honor as Keno Davis became the third rookie coach in the past five years to win the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.
Thursday, March 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball Emmenecker Named Prairie-Farms Scholar-Athlete of the Year
ST. LOUIS -- Senior Adam Emmenecker is the 2008 MVC Prairie Farms Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced today by the league office. Emmenecker, who was recently named the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic Al-American of the Year by CoSIDA, carries a 3.97 cumulative grade point average while majoring in four subjects.
Thursday, March 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball 2008 MVC Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Teams
ST. LOUIS -- Senior Adam Emmenecker highlights a list of 16 student-athletes honored as part of the 2008 MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams, announced today by the league office. Emmenecker, who was recently named the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic Al-American of the Year by CoSIDA, carries a 3.97 cumulative grade point average while majoring in four subjects. Voting for the 2008 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team was conducted by league's sports information directors.
Thursday, March 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Pregame Interview
Bradley pregame interview from the 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Wednesday, March 05, 2008 | Men's Basketball Juniors Highlight League's Specialty Award Units
Booker Woodfox of Creighton and Adam Emmenecker of Drake headline the list of selections for the 2008 MVC specialty teams for men's basketball. Woodfox, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, has been named the league's team captain for the All-Bench Team, while Emmenecker, a senior from Saginaw, Mich., has been tabbed the Conference's team captain for the Most-Improved Team.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake's Davis Is Finalist for USBWA Coaching Honor
ST. LOUIS ? The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has announced nominees for the 2007-08 Oscar Robertson Trophy and Henry Iba Award. Drake's Keno Davis is 12 finalists for the Henry Iba Award.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 | Men's Basketball Emmenecker Is Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year
ST. LOUIS -- After helping Drake to its first national ranking since 1975, a regular-season Missouri Valley Conference title and the No. 1 seed in this week's State Farm MVC Tournament, senior Adam Emmenecker (Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill High) has been named the 2008 Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year.
Monday, March 03, 2008 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Notebook -- Tournament Preview
Drake is the top seed for this year's State Farm MVC Tournament -- the Bulldogs will be looking to become the first No. 1 seed to claim the league's tournament championship since 1998, when Illinois State swept the regular-season and tournament crowns. Meanwhile, this week's State Farm MVC Players of the Week are Dale Lamberth of Missouri State and Cavel Witter of Creighton.
Sunday, March 02, 2008 | Men's Basketball Fireworks Highlight Saturday's Season Finales
The final day of the regular season brought about a flare for the dramatic as three road teams spoiled senior night, while Bradley and Creighton played 100 minutes and scored 221 combined points, 42 by Cavel Witter. Creighton topped the Braves, 111-110. Meanwhile, Illinois State (at Southern Illinois); Missouri State (at Indiana State); Drake (at home against Wichita State); and UNI (at Evansville) completed season sweeps against their Saturday foes.
Saturday, March 01, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Earns Top Seed for 2008 State Farm MVC Tournament
ST. LOUIS -- For the first time in its history, Drake has earned the top seed for the State Farm MVC Tournament. The Bulldogs, picked ninth in the league's pre-season poll, finished with a regular-season record of 25-4 and 15-3 in league play, outdistancing second-place Illinois State (22-8, 13-5) in the Missouri Valley Conference race by two games.
Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball Wednesday Night Recaps
The tournament seeding picture got a little more clear after Wednesday's results. Illinois State clinched at least a share of second-place and can finish as a No. 2 or No. 3 seed after beating Creighton. The Redbirds play at Southern Illinois on Saturday. UNI kept its hopes of finishing in the top six alive by beating Indiana State.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Men's Basketball State Farm MVC Tournament Offers Fan Fest
For the first time in the 18-year history of the State Farm MVC Tournament, the league, in conjunction with Scottrade Center and Anheuser-Busch, is offering a Fan Fest as part of the tournament weekend. The Fan Fest will take place Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8-9, next weekend. Admission is free.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Men's Basketball Crouch Wins Another Honor
PEORIA, Ill. -- In addition to being named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday, today Bradley senior guard Jeremy Crouch (Pekin, Ill./Pekin H.S.) was named the Rivals.com Mid-Major Player of the Week, according to the weekly awards column posted on the popular college athletics website.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Men's Basketball Missouri State Stops No. 20 Drake in Hammons Center finale
Missouri State went out with a bang in the final men's basketball game in Hammons Student Center, beating nationally ranked Drake by three points on Tuesday night. Elsewhere in Missouri Valley Conference action, Southern Illinois spoiled Bradley's senior night as the Salukis won for the fifth-straight game, while Wichita State won its senior night, snapping a four-game skid with a convincing win against visiting Evansville.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 | Men's Basketball Emmenecker named Academic All-American? of the Year
Drake University senior guard Adam Emmenecker heads the 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America? Men's Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Southern Illinois' Bryan Mullins earned second-team honors.
Monday, February 25, 2008 | Men's Basketball And Then There Were 10
By Saturday night, the seedings for the 2008 State Farm MVC Tournament will be known, as only 10 regular-season games remain. Three league games are on the league's television package, beginning with Tuesday's Bradley-Southern Illinois contest in Peoria (ESPN2). Bradley's Jeremy Crouch and Creighton's Booker Woodfox are this week's Players of the Week.
Sunday, February 24, 2008 | Men's Basketball Illinois State Wraps Up Tremendous Weekend in Men's Hoops
Illinois State completed the league's five-game BracketBusters' sweep on Sunday, beating Wright State, 54-46. The Redbirds reached 20 wins for the first time in seven seasons. The Valley won all five of its ESPNU BracketBusters appearances, and the league went 8-2 on the weekend overall as the league enters its final week of the regular season.
Sunday, February 24, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bustin' Brackets - Valley Goes 4-0 in TV Games, 7-2 Overall
On Saturday, the Valley had the best record of any conference in the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters, going 4-0 in televised games, including road wins at Oral Roberts and #8 Butler. Saturday's action delivered an impressive 7-2 overall mark, including a 4-1 road record. Illinois State hosts Wright State on Sunday (ESPNU at 5:30 pm CT) to conclude the weekend.
Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Johnson Out Indefinitely After Undergoing Tonsillectomy
NORMAL, Ill. ? Illinois State senior guard Dom Johnson, who has sat out the past two games due to persistent throat and neck infections, is out indefinitely, and underwent surgery to have his tonsils removed at BroMenn Regional Medical Center Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Ticket Promotions for the 2008 State Farm MVC Tournament
The 2008 State Farm MVC Tournament marks the 18th-straight season the men's basketball championship will be played in St. Louis. Last year's tournament set all-time attendance records for a basketball game at Scottrade (22,612) as both the semifinals and championship game were sold out. There are a number of tournament ticket discounts available for the tournament.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 | Men's Basketball Defense Lifts Illinois State, Southern Illinois
On Wednesday, Illinois State and Southern Illinois each limited its opponent to under 50 points in a winning effort. The Redbirds kept a one-game lead over SIU in the race for second place as ISU downed Evansville, 49-47. Southern Illinois handled UNI at home, 67-47. Illinois State moved to 11-5 in the conference and Southern Illinois improved to 10-6.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Tops No. 16 Drake on Last-Second Crouch Jumper
On Tuesday night in Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball, Bradley returned the favor by beating Drake by one (after the Bulldogs did that in Peoria earlier this season). Jeremy Crouch hit the game-winning shot with 11 seconds remaining to snap Drake's 16-game homecourt win streak. Creighton kept pace with the Braves with a convincing home win against Missouri State, and Indiana State rallied from way down to hand Wichita State its third-straight overtime loss.
Monday, February 18, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook: Drake Earns First Title Since 1971; Rest of Race Jumbled
Drake has clinched its first conference title since the 1971 season. The Bulldogs also earned the top seed for the State Farm MVC Tournament; Drake had never been seeded higher than No. 3 (1986) in the history of the tournament (in its 32nd year). Drake holds a four-game lead over second-place (10-5) Illinois State. Meanwhile, the middle of the conference race is jumbled as four teams are either 8-7 or 7-8 with three league games remaining.
Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Beats UNI to Win MVC Title
For the first time in 37 years, Drake is the MVC's regular-season champion. The Bulldogs clinched the MVC title outright Saturday with a 10-point win at UNI, coupled with Illinois State's loss at Indiana State. It is Drake's seventh MVC crown, but first since the 1971 season.
Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Men's Basketball Andrew Warren Suffers Broken Hand
PEORIA, Ill. - Saturday's 87-59 Missouri Valley Conference victory versus Creighton came with a price for the Bradley men's basketball team. Sophomore guard Andrew Warren broke a bone in his left (non-shooting) hand late in the game and his status for the season's closing stretch is undetermined, pending further evaluation.
Thursday, February 14, 2008 | Men's Basketball Salukis Stop Drake, End Bulldogs' Perfect Conference Season
On Wednesday, Southern Illinois snapped Drake's 21-game win streak with a 65-62 victory in Carbondale, while Illinois State solidified its hold on second place with a 12-point win against visiting Missouri State. Evansville rallied to beat Creighton by four, while UNI won on a last-second three-pointer in overtime against Wichita State.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 | Men's Basketball Indiana State Snaps Skid, Tops Bradley, 76-66
Indiana State, which has played six of past eight games on the road, returned home Tuesday night and snapped a five-game skid with a 10-point win against visiting Bradley in Hulman Center. The Sycamores improved to 10-1 at home with the victory and play their next two contests at home. Bradley, after winning six in a row, has now lost two straight games.
Monday, February 11, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Notebook; Drake Ranked No. 14 This Week
Drake is one win away from clinching at least a share of the league's regular-season title. Next up for the 14th-ranked Bulldogs is a game at Southern Illinois on Wednesday. The Bulldogs currently have a four-game lead over second-place Illinois State with five conference games left. Meanwhile, Creighton's P'Allen Stinnett and Booker Woodfox are this week's State Farm MVC Players of the Week.
Monday, February 11, 2008 | Men's Basketball Holsinger Out with Fractured Hand
The only good news is that Jason Holsinger is left-handed. The bad news is that the University of Evansville basketball standout will miss at least the next several games after suffering a fracture to his right hand late in Saturday night's game at Drake University.
Sunday, February 10, 2008 | Men's Basketball Creighton Topples Southern Illinois, 72-53
OMAHA, Neb. -- Booker Woodfox scored 20 points off the bench and freshman Kenny Lawson Jr. had nine points and 11 rebounds to key Creighton to a 72-53 win over Southern Illinois on Sunday night in Omaha. Creighton moves into sole possession of third place (17-6, 8-5 MVC), while SIU drops to 12-12 overall (7-6 MVC).
Sunday, February 10, 2008 | Men's Basketball Saturday Night Recaps; Hinson Gets Win No. 200
All four home teams won Saturday, while Missouri State's Barry Hinson collected his 200th career victory on Saturday. No. 15 Drake bettered Evansville for the Bulldogs' 21st-straight victory; Missouri State beat UNI; and Illinois State and Wichita State staged comebacks against visiting Bradley and Indiana State, respectively.
Friday, February 08, 2008 | Men's Basketball Three Earn Academic All-District Honors
Three Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball players have earned CoSIDA ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors and are now eligible for Academic All-America honors. Evansville's Jason Holsinger and Southern Illinois' Bryan Mullins represent the Missouri Valley on the District V squad, while Drake's Adam Emmenecker is a District VII first-team pick.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball Wednesday Night Recaps
In Valley men's basketball action, Bradley won for the sixth-straight time to climb into a three-way tie for third place in the MVC race as the Braves downed visiting Missouri State, 83-71. Evansville also won at home Wednesday, beating visiting Wichita State, 64-56. MSU's Drew Richards and WSU's Matt Braeuer, both out for extended periods, returned to action.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008 | Men's Basketball Tuesday Night Recaps - Drake Wins 20th-Straight Game
Drake (21-1, 12-0) rallied to beat Illinois State, 73-70, building a four-game lead in the conference race by completing the season sweep over the second-place Redbirds. Creighton and Southern Illinois both moved into a tie for third place, just a game back of ISU with wins at home. The Bluejays beat UNI, 74-50, while the Salukis handled Indiana State, 80-69.
Monday, February 04, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook - Drake Moves To No. 15
Drake has moved to 20-1 after two more wins last week extended its school-record win streak to 19 games. The last MVC team to start a season 20-1 was Bradley in 1985-86. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, moved up to No. 15 in both polls this week and look to extend their win streak to 20 games when they take on second-place Illinois State in Normal on Feb. 5.
Saturday, February 02, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Rallies to Win 19th-Straight; Bradley, UNI, Creighton, Illinois State Also Win
Streaking Drake and Bradley continue to roll as each extended lenghty win streaks. Drake won for the 19th-straight time, while Bradley won its fifth-straight. Illinois State and Creighton both eked out narrow victories, by one and two points, respectively, while Northern Iowa has now won four of its last five, this time topping Southern Illinois.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Wins Again - Fifth Team Since 1951 to Start MVC Season 10-0
No. 16 Drake won for the 18th-straight time (beating Creighton) to improve to 19-1, 10-0 in the MVC, opening a three-game lead in the MVC race as Illinois State (7-3) fell at UNI. And Bradley won for the fifth time in six tries to even its league mark at 5-5, beating Indiana State.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 | Men's Basketball Shockers Use Overtime to Beat Bears; Southern Illinois Handles Evansville
In men's basketball Tuesday night, Wichita State snapped a five-game conference losing streak at home as the Shockers outlasted Missouri State, 70-62, in overtime in front of a sold out crowd of 10,478 at Charles Koch Arena. Southern Illinois, meanwhile, had its best defensive performance in 50 games, limiting Evansville to 39 points in a 20-point win at SIU Arena.
Monday, January 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly MBB Notebook -- Drake Moves Up to No. 16 in AP Poll
Drake's historic run continues to become a bigger national story as the Bulldogs moved up six spots to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. The Bulldogs have won 17-straight games and are one of just five Division I men's teams to have either one or no losses. Meanwhile, this week's State Farm MVC Players of the Week are Klayton Korver of Drake and Sam Maniscalco of Bradley.
Monday, January 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball SIU-Creighton Highlighted on ESPN College Game Day Driven by State Farm
For the first time in its history, ESPN cameras took its College Gameday Driven by State Farm cameras to a campus other than one from the six BCS-football leagues. ESPN was in Carbondale, Ill., for Saturday's Valley game between Creighton and Southern Illinois.
Sunday, January 27, 2008 | Men's Basketball Redbirds Win Thriller Over Sycamores, 65-62
NORMAL, Ill. ? A career-high 15 points by sophomore forward Dinma Odiakosa, along with sophomore guard Osiris Eldridge's 16th-straight double-digit scoring effort, helped the Illinois State men's basketball team hold off a persistent offensive attack from Indiana State, as the Redbirds (15-5, 7-2 MVC) defeated the Sycamores 65-62 Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, January 27, 2008 | Men's Basketball Saturday Night Men's Basketball Recaps
On Saturday night in MVC men's basketball, No. 22 Drake rallied to beat UNI, 58-54, and match its best start (9-0) in Missouri Valley Conference history. Southern Illinois beat Creighton, 48-44, in front of a national audience on ESPN2, while Evansville picked up its first league win of the season and Bradley won for the fourth time in the last five games.
Friday, January 25, 2008 | Men's Basketball Illinois State's Slack Listed as Day-to-Day
NORMAL, Ill. ? Illinois State senior forward Anthony Slack, who injured his right shoulder with just over six minutes remaining in the first half of Wednesday's 76-75 loss at Bradley, is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder contusion after X-rays showed no structural damage.
Thursday, January 24, 2008 | Men's Basketball Last-Minute Free-Throw Heroics Highlight Wednesday Night Action
Two league games went down to the wire in men's basketball action on Wednesday, as Missouri State edged Southern Illinois, 63-62, and Bradley, with Daniel Ruffin, beat Illinois State, 76-75. UNI won at Wichita State, 65-58, and Indiana State completed the season sweep of Evansville, winning at Terre Haute, 72-42.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 | Men's Basketball No. 22 Drake Wins Again; Topples Creighton, 68-60, in OT
Drake improved its school-record winning streak to 16 games and improved to 17-1 on the season after outlasting Creighton at Qwest Center Omaha on Tuesday night, 68-60, in overtime. The Bulldogs, who were an impressive 17-of-18 from the foul line in the contest, outscored the Bluejays 14-6 in the extra session to move to 8-0 in conference play.
Monday, January 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook; Drake Cracks Top 25
Drake, 16-1 and winners of 15-straight games, is ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll this week (Jan. 21). It's the first time Drake has been ranked since the final poll of the 1974-75 season (Drake was No. 16 that year after winning the now defunct National Commissioner's Tournament that season.)
Sunday, January 20, 2008 | Men's Basketball Balanced Attack Leads UNI Beats Missouri State, 70-55
Cedar Falls, Iowa ? Senior center Eric Coleman scored a game-high 15 points, and four other Panthers scored in double-figures, to lead the University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team to a 70-55 win over Missouri State Sunday afternoon at the McLeod Center.
Saturday, January 19, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Rallies to Win 15th-Straight; Creighton, Southern Illinois, Bradley Also Win
In what is believed to be the first meeting of two teams with 6-0 MVC marks, Drake rallied to beat previously unbeaten Illinois State, 79-73, to move to 16-1 on the season. Creighton won for the fifth-straight game, beating visiting Indiana State, 86-69. Bradley snapped its skid with a 77-76 victory over Evansville, and Southern Illinois won back-to-back games for the first time since November, beating Wichita State on Saturday afternoon.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Wins at the Buzzer; Redbirds Handle Wichita State
For the first time in league history two teams with 6-0 conference records face one another as Drake (15-1, 6-0) will face Illinois State (14-3, 6-0) in Des Moines this Saturday. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs beat Bradley, 69-68, and Illinois State cruised past Wichita State, 72-51. Drake has won 14 in a row, Illiinois State has a nine-game win streak.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Tuesday Night Recaps
In Missouri Valley Conference men's action Tuesday, Creighton won for the fourth-straight game while beating UNI for the eighth-straight time in the series, in a game seen on ESPN2. The Salukis snapped a six-game road losing streak with a convincing win at Evansville; while Missouri State used a season-best defensive performance to beat Indiana State.
Monday, January 14, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook: Drake, Redbirds Still Unbeaten
Illinois State and Drake have yet to lose a conference game, while both are enjoying lengthy win streaks overall (Illinois State-8, Drake-13). Drake's 5-0 start is its best in the league since the 1969-70 campaign; while Illinois State last had a 5-0 start in 1997-98. Drake (26th this week) and Illinois State (34th) continue to climb in the AP top-25 ranks.
Monday, January 14, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake, Illinois State Receive AP Poll Mention; Bulldogs -- 26th
For the fifth straight week, the Drake men's basketball team received votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll released Monday. The Bulldogs, riding a school-record 13-game winning streak, were ranked No. 26, receiving 75 votes in this week's poll. Illinois State also received votes in this week's poll.
Sunday, January 13, 2008 | Men's Basketball League Leaders Keep Streaks Alive; Drake (13 in a row), Illinois State (8 in a row) win again
Drake and Illinois State won again to remain tied at 5-0 in the league standings as both teams extended lengthy season-winning streaks. Meanwhile, Indiana State used double overtime to edge Southern Illinois to stay just a game back at 4-1. Creighton won for the third-straight game, edging Wichita State, and Bradley also won on the road, snapping a six-game skid with a two-point win at UNI.
Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake, Creighton Win Again
In a battle for first place, Drake (4-0 in the Valley for the first time since 1970) handed Indiana State its first conference loss of the season as the Bulldogs improved to 13-1 with their 12th-straight victory. Creighton won its second-straight to move to 11-3 on the year, beating visiting Evansville.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 | Men's Basketball Three Valley Coaches in Top 10 for Collegeinsider.com Mid-Season Award
First-year Drake basketball coach Keno Davis finished fourth in national voting for the Hugh Durham mid-season coaching honor by Collegeinsider.com. Creighton's Dana Altman and Illinois State's Tim Jankovich are also among the Top 10.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008 | Men's Basketball Redbirds Win For Seventh-Straight Time; Bears and Salukis Post Victories
All three home teams won in Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball action Tuesday night. Missouri State jumped to a 13-0 lead and never looked back, beating Wichita State. Meanwhile, Illinois State and Southern Illinois each built huge leads and hung to win, against visiting UNI and Bradley, respectively.
Monday, January 07, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly MBB Notebook: Improbable Trio Atop League Standings
The first week and a half of the conference schedule has produced three unlikely leaders as Drake (ninth in the pre-season poll), Illinois State (fifth) and Indiana State (eighth) have yet to lose a conference game. Drake's 3-0 start is its best in the league since 1982-83; Illinois State last had a 3-0 start in 1997-98; and Indiana State was last 3-0 in the league in 2000-01.
Sunday, January 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Wins 11th in a Row, Enjoys Best Start in History (12-1)
Junior forward Jonathan Cox scored 19 points, including 12 in the second half, to key a sizzling shooting effort as Drake held off Evansville, 71-68, to earn its 11th straight victory. Drake improved its record to 12-1 overall which is the best start in school history. It also marked the first time since 1982-83 that the Bulldogs have opened Valley play with a 3-0 record.
Sunday, January 06, 2008 | Men's Basketball Topsy-Turvy Season Continues
Throw the league's pre-season poll out the window. There are three undefeated teams in Valley play and no one predicted it would be Illinois State (3-0), Indiana State (3-0) and Drake (2-0). The Bulldogs put their perfect league record at stake Sunday as they visit Evansville at 2 pm on the MVC TV Network.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Ends 17-Game Drought, Beats Southern Illinois
For the first time since Feb. 17, 1999, Drake beat Southern Illinois in men's basketball, ending the longest active series streak in the Valley at 17 SIU wins. All four MVC home teams won Wednesday, including Drake, Indiana State and UNI, as all three moved into a first-place tie with Illinois State. Missouri State also won, rallying to beat Bradley.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008 | Men's Basketball ISU Edges Wichita State 49-46, Moves to 2-0 in MVC
Illinois State put three players in double figures as the Redbirds ground out a 49-46, defensive-minded win over host Wichita State at Charles Koch Arena Tuesday night. ISU extended its winning streak to five games, including four straight on the road, and remained unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Monday, December 31, 2007 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook: Dyer, Martin Earn Weekly Honors
The Valley enters the New Year ranked No. 7 in the RPI, according to Collegiate Basketball News. The Valley has been ranked No. 6 in each of the past two season-ending rankings, but before that, the league had never eclipsed No. 8 (reaching that plateau in 1999 and 2005). Levi Dyer and Isiah Martin are this week's State Farm MVC Players of the Week.
Monday, December 31, 2007 | Men's Basketball Salukis Beat Bears, 79-71, in Conference Opener for Both Schools
With its top two scorers struggling in the second half, the Salukis needed someone else to step up Sunday against Missouri State. Fortunately for Southern Illinois, three players -- Bryan Mullins, Tony Boyle and Joshua Bone -- all rose to the occasion. The trio accounted for 29 of SIU's 42 second-half points and helped hold off the Bears in a 79-71 victory.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 | Men's Basketball Drake Moves to 10-1 With Win; Illinois State Wins Third-Straight on Road
Drake won for the ninth-straight game as the Bulldogs moved to 10-1 with an eight-point win at Wichita State on Saturday night. In what was a rare evening, all four road teams won, as Illinois State handed Creighton its first home loss of the season, while Indiana State won for the first time on the road, and UNI beat Daniel Ruffin-less Bradley in Peoria.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 | Men's Basketball Daniel Ruffin Out Indefinitely
Bradley senior point guard Daniel Ruffin (Peoria, Ill./Central H.S.), the nation's active leader with 549 career assists and his team's leading scorer at 14.2 points per game, will be out indefinitely following surgery Friday to repair a sports hernia.
Saturday, December 29, 2007 | Men's Basketball No. 16 Butler Edges Salukis on 35-foot Buzzer-Beater
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- A.J. Graves struggled on offense for most of the night. When it counted the most, he came through. The senior guard sank a 35-foot shot at the buzzer to lift Butler (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) to a 57-55 win over Southern Illinois on Friday night. Josh Bone had a career-high 19 points for SIU.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook: Conference Play Begins This Weekend
The 101st league season begins this weekend as all 10 teams play their league openers. Southern Illinois is the defending regular-season champ. Only six Valley games dot this week's schedule, but three are on the league's television package, beginning with Southern Illinois' non-conference tilt against No. 16/17 Butler on Dec. 28.
Sunday, December 23, 2007 | Men's Basketball Everybody .500 or Better Heading into Christmas
Missouri Valley Conference teams went a combined 6-3 on Saturday to improve to 70-36 for the season. Notably, all 10 Valley teams are at .500 or better, and only two non-conference games remain on the slate in the calendar year. Missouri State faces Purdue on Sunday, while Southern Illinois hosts nationally ranked Butler on Dec. 28.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 | Men's Basketball Shockers Thump LSU By 20 to Cap 3-1 Night in Men's Basketball
Wichita State snapped a two-game skid with a 67-47 victory against visiting LSU, while Missouri State (63-49 over visiting Bethune-Cookman) and UNI (64-60 overtime win at UMKC) posted victories on Wednesday evening. Bradley fell for the second time this season to a top-20 foe, falling at No. 16 Butler, 83-64.
Monday, December 17, 2007 | Men's Basketball Valley Goes 2-1 on Monday, Improves to 44-6 at Home
Two more home wins highlighted Monday action in Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball action as Creighton and Missouri State rolled to wins on Dec. 17, lifting the league's non-conference home record to 44-6 this season. Indiana State also played on Monday, dropping a decision at Tulane, 80-68.
Monday, December 17, 2007 | Men's Basketball Creighton, Drake Garner Associated Press Top-25 Mention
Although no league team is ranked this week, two Valley men's basketball teams are among those receiving votes in Monday's (Dec. 17) Associated Press rankings. Creighton and Drake represent the MVC this week. Drake has six points, and Creighton, four.
Monday, December 17, 2007 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook: Valley Set To Close Out Non-Conference Schedule, Almost
After Missouri State's game Sunday (Dec. 23) in the Vegas Classic, the Valley has only one non-conference game (Butler at Southern Illinois on Dec. 28) remaining in the calendar year. After that, 10 O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters contests dot the MVC's (Feb. 22-23-24) non-league slate. Three games are tonight, with Creighton, Indiana State and Missouri State in action.
Saturday, December 15, 2007 | Men's Basketball Road Continues To Be Tough Place for MVC Teams
The Valley continues to have its struggles in road non-conference games, losing all three road contests on Saturday, Dec. 15, while winning both home games. For the season, The Valley is a combined 10-18 on an opponent's home floor, and an impressive 42-6 at home.
Friday, December 14, 2007 | Men's Basketball Drake Wins at Iowa for First Time Since 1967; Bulldogs are 9-1
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Josh Young scored 14 points, Jonathan Cox had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Drake snapped a 20-game losing streak at Iowa by beating the Hawkeyes 56-51 on Friday night. The win lifted the Valley's non-league record to 55-27, and The Valley enters Saturday ranked No. 5 (according to RealTimeRPI.com) in the league RPI rankings.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | Men's Basketball Tuesday Men's Basketball Recaps -- SIU Stops No. 24 Saint Mary's
On Tuesday, Southern Illinois knocked off No. 24 Saint Mary's, 71-56, handing the Gaels their first loss of the season. Bradley picked up a tough win at Wright State, 72-65, in overtime to improve to 7-3; while Evansville's two-game win streak was stopped at Valparaiso with a 75-67 loss.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 | Men's Basketball Basketball Tournament Tickets on Sale on December 15
Tickets for the 2008 State Farm MVC Basketball Tournaments go on sale Saturday, Dec. 15. The State Farm MVC Men's Championship is March 6-9 in St. Louis (Scottrade Center). The State Farm MVC Women's Championship is March 13-16 in St. Charles, Mo. (Family Arena).
Monday, December 10, 2007 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Dec. 10)
The week of Dec. 10 is a light week for MVC men's basketball as only 10 total games dot the schedule in the next seven days. The league, which is 52-26 in non-conference play, gets another stab at a top-25 opponent as unbeaten St. Mary's (7-0 and ranked No. 24 this week) visits Southern Illinois on Tuesday.
Saturday, December 08, 2007 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Saturday Recaps; Drake Wins for Seventh-Straight Game
In men's basketball action on Saturday, the league went 4-1 in non-conference action. Drake improved its record to 8-1 after claiming the tournament championship title of the Drake Regency Challenge -- it's the Bulldogs best start in 28 years. Evansville (vs. Austin Peay), Illinois State (vs. Cincinnati) and Indiana State (vs. Ball State) also posted wins Saturday night.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Recap - Dec. 5
In Valley men's basketball action, Creighton suffered its first loss of the season, a 79-66 defeat at No. 21 Xavier as men's teams posted a 3-2 mark in five non-conference games on Wednesday. Highlights of the night include Drake's 35-point win over Iowa State, Evansville handling Princeton and Missouri State over UNC-Wilmington in Springfield.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 | Men's Basketball Watts, Falker -- Candidates For Senior CLASS Award
Dane Watts, a senior on the Creighton men's basketball team, and Randal Falker, a senior on the Southern Illinois' men's basketball team, have been selected as two of 30 official candidates for the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 | Men's Basketball Tuesday Men's Basketball Recaps
Bradley had a near miss against nationally ranked Michigan State and the league went 1-3 on Tuesday night in men's basketball action. There are five Wednesday games, highlighted by Creighton's (5-0) visit to No. 20 Xavier. It's a battle of Iowa, too, as Iowa State visits Drake and Iowa travels to Northern Iowa.
Monday, December 03, 2007 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook - Dec. 3
Two games against non-conference top-25 foes are on the slate this week as No. 9 Michigan State visits Bradley and Creighton travels to No. 20 Xavier. Through games of Dec. 1, The Valley has a combined 42-18 (.700) record in non-conference play. That ranks third-best in the last 25 years. The .700 pace is currently 13th best all-time in MVC history.
Sunday, December 02, 2007 | Men's Basketball Indiana Stops SIU's Run at Home as League Completes 11-3 Week
No. 15 Indiana stopped No. 22 Southern Illinois' 15-game winning streak with a 64-51 win at Carbondale on Saturday, but the league had a great week, going 11-3 in non-conference play to move to 42-18 for the year. Next up is Missouri State's contest at Arkansas on Monday, Dec. 3, while Bradley hosts nationally ranked Michigan State on Tuesday on ESPNU.
Monday, November 26, 2007 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook - Salukis Host No. 15 Indiana
When No. 15-ranked Indiana visits No. 22 Southern Illinois on Dec. 1, it will mark just the seventh time in the past four years that a nationally ranked team visited a Valley campus. Meanwhile, through games of Nov. 25, The Valley has a combined 31-15 (.674) record in non-conference play. That ranks fourth-best in the last 25 years.
Saturday, November 24, 2007 | Men's Basketball 5-2 Saturday Caps 12-5 Week for Valley Men's Hoops
The Missouri Valley Conference suffered just two setbacks on Saturday in what was a 5-2 ledger in non-conference play on Nov. 24. Two Sunday games highlight the slate as Missouri State visits Winthrop and Southern Illinois plays in the title game of the Anaheim Classic against USC at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Saturday, November 24, 2007 | Men's Basketball Braves, Salukis Reach Tournament Title Games; No. 8 Indiana Beats Illinois State
Bradley and Southern Illinois reached the championship games in their respective in-season tournaments as the Braves downed Iowa in the South Padre Invitational, and No. 18 Southern Illinois beat Mississippi State in the Anaheim Classic. Illinois State fell to No. 8 Indiana in the Chicago Invitational.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 | Men's Basketball Saluki Men's Basketball To Air Games in St. Louis
CARBONDALE, Ill. - For the first time in school history, Southern Illinois University men's basketball will be on the airwaves in St. Louis. Saluki Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced Wednesday that SIU has signed an agreement to have all but one game this season broadcast on ESPN 1380-AM or Fox Sports Radio 1490-AM.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 | Men's Basketball Missouri Valley Men's Basketball Tuesday Recaps - Nov. 20
Valley men's basketball teams went a combined 2-1 on Tuesday night as Bradley beat Florida Gulf Coast, while Indiana State evened its season record with a 10-point win against visiting Northern Illinois. Evansville fell at Southeast Missouri State. Just one game is on tap Wednesday as Missouri State hosts Saint Louis at 7:05 p.m.
Monday, November 19, 2007 | Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook -- Nov. 19
The Missouri Valley is at it again as the league has jumped to an 18-9 start in non-conference play. The league has been dominant in home games, going 16-2, with two wins against members of BCS-football conferences. Meanwhile, Southern Illinois has moved up to No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll this week.
Sunday, November 18, 2007 | Men's Basketball Valley Men's Basketball Has Perfect Sunday
Three men's teams were in action on Nov. 18, and all three won. Bradley improved to 2-1 on the season by winning its second-straight game, this one over Maryland-Eastern Shore, while Illinois State (3-0) and Northern Iowa (4-0) cruised to wins over UNC Wilmington and Milwaukee, respectively.
Sunday, November 18, 2007 | Men's Basketball Three Blowouts Highlight Saturday's MVC Men's Basketball Action; Aces Fall to No. 25 Butler
In Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball on Saturday, No. 21 Southern Illinois opened its season with an easy victory over visiting Northern Illinois. Creighton cruised past Mississippi Valley State and Missouri State blew out visiting UNC Greensboro to claim the Price Cutter Classic Tournament Title. Evansville battled but fell to No. 25 Butler.
Thursday, November 15, 2007 | Men's Basketball Coach Hinson suspends three basketball players until further notice
SPRINGFIELD ? Missouri State University Bears basketball coach Barry Hinson has suspended three players until further notice. The three players are involved in a Springfield Police Department investigation related to stolen property.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | Men's Basketball Wednesday Men's Basketball Wrapup - Night Features Another BCS Win
The league went 3-1 on Wednesday night in men's basketball, highlighted by three home wins. Bradley beat Iowa State; Illinois State beat Southeast Missouri State; and Drake beat Cornell College. Indiana State lost at No. 25 Butler. The Valley is now 2-0 this season against members of BCS-football conferences and 11-5 overall in non-conference play.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | Men's Basketball UNI's Ahelegbe to Miss 2007-08 Season
Cedar Falls, Iowa ? University of Northern Iowa sophomore guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (pronounced Ka-JOE Uh-HELLIG-buh) will miss the 2007-08 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder, UNI head men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson announced today.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | Men's Basketball Bombardier Learjet Commitment Boosts WSU Campaign
WICHITA, Kan. ? Wichita State University (WSU) today announced the single-largest financial commitment to date for its Building Excellence for the Student-Athlete Campaign, as Bombardier-Learjet pledged a $1.2 million, multi-year contribution, for Phase One of WSU's practice facility expansion project.
Monday, November 12, 2007 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook - Nov. 12
The Valley went 7-4 last weekend, which included UNI's 3-0 start and tournament championship title in the BTI Tip-Off Tournament. The two Valley teams that didn't play a regular-season game last weekend open this week as Wichita State hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday, while No. 23 Southern Illinois hosts Northern Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Men's Basketball UNI Wins Again, Panthers Jump to 3-0 Start
In men's basketball Sunday, two first-year Valley coaches made their regular-season debuts as Illinois State's Tim Jankovich's Redbirds cruised past Missouri-St. Louis and Marty Simmons' Evansville club fell on a last-second shot to Samford. UNI, meanwhile, won for the third time in three days, beating visiting UMass.
Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Men's Basketball Road Unkind to MVC Men's Basketball on Saturday
In men's basketball action on Saturday, the league went 1-3, losing all three road games. UNI improved to 2-0 on the season after beating Cal-Poly, 62-55, while Drake dropped to 1-1 on the season after falling at Saint Mary's, 72-66. Bradley and Missouri State lost their season-opening contests at UIC and Toledo, respectively.
Friday, November 09, 2007 | Men's Basketball Valley Starts 2007-08 Season With Perfect 4-0 Slate
In Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball on Friday, four wins highlighted the first day of the 2007-08 season as Drake beat San Diego, 81-63; Indiana State outdistanced Oakland City, 78-45; UNI slammed Northern Illinois, 75-45; and Creighton rallied after a slow start to beat visiting DePaul, 74-62.
Thursday, November 08, 2007 | Men's Basketball Game On - MVC Men's Basketball Season Starts Friday
Four men's basketball teams open The Valley schedule on Friday, Nov. 9, and by the end of the weekend eight of the league's ten teams will have played their first games. Drake and UNI open their seasons in tournaments as Drake is in California for the Tip-Off Classic, while UNI opens at home with three games in three days as part of the BTI Tip-Off Classic.
Friday, November 02, 2007 | Men's Basketball Southern Illinois Men's Basketball Ranked in AP Pre-season Poll
After appearing in last week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, Southern Illinois is ranked in today's Associated Press men's basketball preseason Top 25. The Salukis, who return three starters from last year's Sweet 16 team, will begin the season #24 in the Associated Press and #23 in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches poll.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 | Men's Basketball Three Valley Players Named to Pre-Season All-America Team
Three Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball players -- Southern Illinois' Randal Falker, and Bradley's guard duo of Daniel Ruffin and Jeremy Crouch -- have been named to the collegeinsider.com pre-season All-America team, as announced Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | Men's Basketball 2007 MVC Basketball Media Day - Audio Excerpts
The 2007 MVC Basketball Media Day was at the Sheraton City Center Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Southern Illinois' men's team and Drake's women's team have been picked to win the league. Excerpts from coaches, student-athletes on the the pre-season men's and women's team, and commissioner Doug Elgin are available.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | Men's Basketball Southern Illinois Picked to Win MVC Men's Basketball Title
For the first time in four years, Southern Illinois' men's basketball team is favored to win the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball crown. SIU is a slam-dunk favorite in this year's poll, receiving all 39 first-place tallies for 390 points to finish ahead of Bradley (311). SIU's Randal Falker was tabbed Preseason Player of the Year
Monday, October 29, 2007 | Men's Basketball SIU Begins Season Ranked No. 23 in Coaches Poll
For the first time in school history, Southern Illinois is ranked in the men's basketball preseason Top 25. The Salukis, who return three starters from last year's Sweet 16 team, will begin the season #23 in the ESPN/USAToday Coaches poll.
Thursday, October 25, 2007 | Men's Basketball SIU's Randal Falker named one of 50 candidates for John R. Wooden Award
LOS ANGELES - Saluki forward Randal Falker was named one of the top 50 preseason candidates for the 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most coveted college basketball award. The Award is named for the three-time college basketball All-American, 1932 Player of the Year and ten-time national championship coach at UCLA.
Thursday, October 25, 2007 | Men's Basketball MVC Announces 54-Telecast Package for 2007-08
The Missouri Valley Conference, in its 101st year of competition, will produce a 34-telecast, in-house television package on FSN Midwest in 2007-08, league Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. An additional 20 telecasts will be shown on the ESPN family of networks -- ESPN2 and ESPNU -- and CBS Sports.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 | Men's Basketball Valley Signs Three-Year Agreement With KFNS 590 The Fan
The Valley and St. Louis-based all-sports radio station KFNS (590 The Fan) have entered into a new three-year agreement, where 590 The Fan will have exclusive rights to broadcast men's basketball games of the State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Tournament in St. Louis through the 2009-10 season, Associate Commissioner Joe Mitch has announced.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Men's Basketball 2007-08 MVC Men's Basketball Preview
Five new head coaches, and just 24 of 50 starters returning. Those statistics would even concern the unflappable Alfred E. Neuman, the "What, me worry?" caricature mascot of Mad magazine. But a deeper look into the numbers would indicate the Missouri Valley Conference is headed for continued success in men's basketball.
Sunday, September 02, 2007 | Men's Basketball Creighton Opens Foreign Tour With Pair of Wins on Saturday
CALGARY, Alberta -- The Creighton men's basketball team won its second exhibition game of the day with an 85-77 victory over host Calgary. Earlier in the day the Bluejays beat Saskatchewan by an 87-82 count. In the second game, Dane Watts led Creighton with 21 points.
Friday, August 24, 2007 | Men's Basketball Hot Shooting Propels Drake Men's Basketball To Victory In Bahamas
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS ? The Drake basketball team saved the best for last by concluding its four-game tour of the Bahamas with an impressive 92-49 victory past the College of the Bahamas Thursday night. Senior guard Leonard Houston (Holland, Mich.) paced a balanced attack with 20 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | Men's Basketball Drake Overcomes Sluggish Start to Win Third Game in Bahamas
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS ? Playing its third game in three days, the Drake men's basketball team survived a sluggish start to post a 79-61 victory past the Commonwealth Giants Tuesday night. Junior forward Jonathan Cox (Barrington, Ill.) and senior guard Leonard Houston (Holland, Mich.) led the Bulldogs with 22 points apiece.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 | Men's Basketball Young Leads Drake Basketball Team to Victory in Bahamas
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS ? Sophomore guard Josh Young (Lawton, Okla.) scored 20 points, including 11 in the second half, to pace a balanced attack as the Drake men's basketball team stopped Sunshine Auto, 95-47, Monday night in the second game of its four-game tour of the Bahamas.
Monday, August 20, 2007 | Men's Basketball Drake Men's Basketball Teams Wins Opener in the Bahamas
Guards Leonard Houston (Holland, Mich.) and Josh Young (Lawton, Okla.) combined for 51 points as the Drake men's basketball team opened a four-game tour of the Bahamas with a 91-65 victory past the Bahamas All-Stars Sunday night at Sir Kendall Isaac Gym.
Saturday, August 18, 2007 | Men's Basketball Team USA Defeats Israel for Ninth Place at World University Games
Bangkok, Thailand ? Eric Coleman (Maplewood, Minn.) scored 14 points to lead the United States to a 63-57 win over Israel in men's basketball action at the World University Games. The victory earned Team USA ninth place in the 24-team event. The Americans posted a 5-1 record in the tournament, winning their final five games after dropping their opener.
Thursday, August 16, 2007 | Men's Basketball Team USA Posts Win Over Finland, Improves to 4-1
Bangkok, Thailand ? Adam Koch scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the United States to a 59-44 win over Finland in men's basketball action Thursday at the World University Games. The victory was the USA's fourth straight and improved the team's record to 4-1 in the tournament.
Monday, August 13, 2007 | Men's Basketball Team USA defeats China at the World University Games
Guard Travis Brown (Richfield, Minn.) scored a game-high 24 points to lead the United States to an 88-51 win over China in men's basketball action Monday at the World University Games. Brown connected on 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 6-of-8 on three-pointers, to pace Team USA's attack.
Monday, August 13, 2007 | Men's Basketball Holsinger Leads Athletes in Action
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--It came down to the last possession, but the final shot wouldn't fall for AIA, and the three-time NBL Champion Sydney Kings escaped with a 105-103 victory. University of Evansville junior guard Jason Holsinger led Athletes In Action in scoring with 26 points Sunday in Athletes in Action's second game in Australia.
Sunday, August 12, 2007 | Men's Basketball Team USA Defeats Turkey at World University Games
Bangkok, Thailand ? The United States of America used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Turkey, 87-65, in men's basketball action at the World University Games. Forward Adam Koch led the way for Team USA with 20 points, while guard Jared Josten added 19.
Friday, August 10, 2007 | Men's Basketball United States Posts 84-26 Win Over Angola
Jordan Eglseder scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the United States rolled to an 84-26 win over Angola in men's basketball action at the World University Games. He was one of four Team USA players to reach double figures, as guard Jared Josten scored 13, and center Eric Coleman and guard Kerwin Dunham each chipped in with 10.
Monday, July 16, 2007 | Men's Basketball Drake's Young MVP of Capital City Summer League
Drake guard Josh Young was named the outstanding player in the YMCA Capital City Summer Men's Basketball League after propelling Coca-Cola Bottling Company to a 103-94 victory past Gratias Construction in the championship of the league tournament Sunday night (July 15) at Valley Southwoods School.