Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | Men's Basketball McKenna To Coach Athletes In Action Summer Basketball Team
Indiana State head coach Kevin McKenna is accustomed to making long recruiting trips to find new athletes for his basketball team. This summer will be a bit different though, as McKenna will take one of his longest trips ever during his tenure as the Sycamore head coach and will coach the Athletes In Action collegiate basketball team during a tour of Poland and Germany.
Friday, April 17, 2009 | Men's Basketball UE's Lacey Scheduled for Knee Surgery
University of Evansville basketball player Kavon Lacey will undergo surgery on his left knee May 7, Head Coach Marty Simmons announced April 16. Lacey suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damaged medial meniscus during a practice session April 7.
Friday, April 10, 2009 | Men's Basketball Holsinger Named I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Evansville senior Jason Holsinger has been voted as the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The honor comes from the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, which includes the 95 NCAA Division I colleges and universities that do not sponsor football.
Thursday, April 02, 2009 | Men's Basketball Holsinger a Finalist for Chip Hilton Award
Senior Jason Holsinger of Evansville has been named a finalist for the Chip Hilton Award. Holsinger was a first team selection on the Men's Division I Academic All-America Team, with a 3.89 GPA in Economics. This season, he helped lead the 17-14 Purple Aces to their best record since 2000, and to their first post-season appearance since 1999.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | Men's Basketball Bradley Falls in CIT Championship Game, 66-62
The Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball season came to an end Tuesday (March 31) as Bradley fell to visiting Old Dominion, 66-62, in the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). The Braves, who competed in a post-season championship game for a second-straight year, completed the campaign with a 21-15 record.
Monday, March 30, 2009 | Men's Basketball Bradley Aims for CIT Title on Tuesday
Bradley will shoot for its fifth all-time postseason tournament title Tuesday night when the Braves (21-14) host Old Dominion (24-10) in the championship game of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at Carver Arena. Bradley is trying to add the CIT championship to its four NIT titles won in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1982.
Monday, March 30, 2009 | Men's Basketball Creighton's Woodfox Named AP Honorable-Mention All-American
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University senior guard Booker Woodfox has been named an honorable-mention All-American by the Associated Press. That elite honor is one of several honors to go Woodfox's way during the past week.
Thursday, March 26, 2009 | Men's Basketball Bradley Reaches Title Game of CIT, Downs Pacific 59-49
Dodie Dunson came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points and the Braves (21-14) advanced to the championship game of a postseason tournament for the second consecutive year and for the 10th time in program history by knocking off Pacific 59-49 in the semifinals of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Wednesday night at Carver Arena.
Monday, March 23, 2009 | Men's Basketball Bradley Stays Alive With 75-Footer at the Buzzer
The Missouri Valley Conference went 1-2 in post-season play and a 75-foot heave at the buzzer lifted the Braves to the semifinals of the CIT on Monday. Creighton's bid to reach the quarterfinals of the NIT fell short with a two-point, last-second loss to Kentucky, while Wichita State's run in the CBI ended with a 70-56 result to visiting Stanford.
Monday, March 23, 2009 | Men's Basketball Three Valley Teams Host Post-Season Games Tonight
The Missouri Valley Conference's historic post-season continues tonight as three league teams host games. In the NIT, Creighton entertains Kentucky (6:02 pm - ESPN); in the CIT, Bradley hosts Oakland (7:05 pm); and in the CBI, Wichita State hosts Stanford (7:05 pm CT - HDNet). For the first time in the league's 102-year history, seven MVC teams have reached post-season play.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Men's Basketball Panthers' Late Run Thwarted By No. 17 Purdue
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team was able to cut a 14-point second-half deficit to two, but it was unable to completely close the gap in a 61-56 loss to Purdue in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Men's Basketball Valley Teams Go 3-3 in Post-Season Play on Wednesday
Three Missouri Valley Conference teams survived and advanced in post-season tournaments on Wednesday. Bradley, Creighton, and Wichita State all posted wins and will host second-round contests on Monday in the CIT, NIT, and CBI, respectively. UNI plays Purdue in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday (1:30 p.m. CT).
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | Men's Basketball Woodfox Accepts Spot in 3-Point Shootout
Creighton's Booker Woodfox has accepted an invitation to participate in the 21st Annual College Slam Dunk and Three Point Championships at next month's Final Four. Woodfox, the nation's leading three-point shooter at 48.9 percent, will participate in the three-point part of the competition and go head-to-head against seven other shooting stars.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Men's Basketball League-Record 7 Men's Teams Earn Post-Season Bids
For the first time in the MVC's 102-year history, seven league teams will play in the post-season as UNI (NCAA), Creighton (NIT), Illinois State (NIT), Bradley (CIT), Drake (CIT), Evansville (CIT), and Wichita State (CBI) will represent the Valley in post-season men's basketball games this week. The league had a then-record six teams in post-season play in 2006, and five teams represented the conference last year.
Monday, March 09, 2009 | Men's Basketball 2009 State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team
For just the second time in league tournament history, a player from a non-championship team has earned State Farm MVC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Illinois State's Osiris Eldridge headlines the list of five players selected to the team, following Sunday's championship game.
Thursday, March 05, 2009 | Men's Basketball UNI's Ben Jacobson Named Valley?s Top Men?s Basketball Coach
ST. LOUIS -- For the first time since 1997 and only the second time in school history, a Northern Iowa coach has earned the Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year honor as Ben Jacobson is this year's winner. He led the Panthers to a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title - the first in UNI's 18th season in the league.
Thursday, March 05, 2009 | Men's Basketball 2009 MVC Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team
Seniors Jason Holsinger of Evansville and Bryan Mullins of Southern Illinois highlight a list of 15 student-athletes honored as part of the 2009 MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams, announced today by the league office. Both were recently named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team by CoSIDA. Each share the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, sponsored by Prairie Farms.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 | Men's Basketball Panthers Highlight All-Bench, Most-Improved Units
Sophomores Lucas O'Rear and Kwadzo Ahelegbe of Northern Iowa headline the list of selections for the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference specialty teams for men's basketball. O'Rear has been named the league's Team Captain for the All-Bench Team, while Ahelegbe has been tabbed the conference's Team Captain for the Most-Improved Team.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | Men's Basketball Creighton's Booker Woodfox Is Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year
After helping Creighton to its first regular-season crown since 2002, Booker Woodfox has been named the 2009 Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year. The senior sharpshooting guard is one of the best shooters in the country and leads the league in three-point accuracy (50.9) and three-pointers made (83). His 15.9 scoring average leads Creighton and ranks second in The Valley.
Monday, March 02, 2009 | Men's Basketball State Farm MVC Tournament Preview
The 2009 State Farm MVC Tournament could be one of the most unpredictable in league history. Only twice has a seed worse than No. 3 won the event in 32 previous championships. However, three of the four teams playing Thursday in the opening round have a combined eight wins against this year's top three seeds.
Saturday, February 28, 2009 | Men's Basketball Northern Iowa Earns Top Seed for Arch Madness
For the fourth-straight year, the State Farm MVC Tournament will have a different top seed. UNI, which shared the regular-season title with Creighton, earned the No. 1 MVC Tournament seed for the first time in school history. The Panthers, picked sixth in the league's pre-season poll, finished with a regular-season record of 20-10 and 14-4 in league play, and held the tiebreaker over co-champion Creighton (25-6, 14-4).
Saturday, February 28, 2009 | Men's Basketball Panthers, Bluejays Share MVC Regular-Season Crown
For the fourth-straight year, the State Farm MVC Tournament will have a different top seed. Northern Iowa, which shared the regular-season title with Creighton, earned the No. 1 MVC Tournament seed for the first time in school history. The Panthers, picked sixth in the league's pre-season poll, finished with a regular-season record of 20-10 and 14-4 in league play, and held the tiebreaker over co-champion Creighton (25-6, 14-4).
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | Men's Basketball Evansville, Southern Illinois Notch Wednesday Wins
Southern Illinois snapped a four-game skid with a 56-55 win at Drake on Wednesday. And Evansville knocked off surging Bradley with a 56-49 win at Roberts Stadium. Only five games remain in the regular season, and the tournament pairings took some shape following Wednesday's contests.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | Men's Basketball Two in MVC Earn First Team Academic All-America Honors
Senior guard Bryan Mullins of Southern Illinois and senior guard Jason Holsinger of Evansville have been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team, announced Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | Men's Basketball Tuesday Night Valley Men's Basketball Recaps
The league champion will be crowned Saturday. Will it be Creighton, UNI, or both? On Tuesday, the league's co-leaders both won games on the road, as the Bluejays won at Missouri State, 65-59, while UNI outlasted Illinois State in 2OT, 69-67. Also, Wichita State snapped Indiana State's five-game win streak with a 76-70 win at Charles Koch Arena.
Monday, February 23, 2009 | Men's Basketball Much to Be Decided In Final Week of Regular Season
Much remains to be determined as the final week of the Missouri Valley Conference season begins Tuesday with three league contests. Three teams (Creighton, Illinois State and UNI) all enter the final two games with a chance of claiming the league's regular-season crown and No. 1 tournament seed.
Saturday, February 21, 2009 | Men's Basketball Perfect Home Night Fuels 7-2 BracketBuster Saturday
Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball teams went a combined 7-2 on Saturday in the ESPNU BracketBuster series. Creighton's eighth-straight win, over visiting George Mason on ESPNU, capped off the day -- one in which the MVC was a perfect 5-0 on its home courts against non-conference competition.
Friday, February 20, 2009 | Men's Basketball ISU Comeback Falls Short; Niagara Wins 70-56
NIAGARA, N.Y. ? The Illinois State men's basketball team fell on the losing end of a televised ESPNU BracketBusters game for a first time in four tries, as the Redbirds fell behind by 20 points in the first half, their largest deficit of the season, and were unable to mount a successful comeback in a 70-56 loss to Niagara at the Gallagher Center Friday night.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | Men's Basketball League Race Going Down to the Wire as Drake Knocks Off UNI
Drake edged UNI, 47-46, in Cedar Falls on Wednesday night, knocking the Panthers from sole possession of first place. Both UNI and Creighton are 12-4 in the league standings with two conference games left. Illinois State, which hosts UNI next Tuesday, beat Wichita State to stay just one game back. And Indiana State won its fourth-straight, winning at Southern Illinois.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Men's Basketball Tuesday Night Valley Men's Basketball Recaps
Despite a 30-point night from Evansville's Jason Holsinger, Creighton kept its conference hopes alive as the Bluejays rallied Tuesday to beat the visiting Aces, 89-84. Bradley strengthened its hold on fourth place in the league standings with an 11-point home win against Missouri State. The win was an historic one for the Braves - their 500th all-time MVC victory.
Monday, February 16, 2009 | Men's Basketball MVC Men's Basketball Notebook (Feb. 16)
Three league teams still have a shot at the league's regular-season title. UNI (12-3), Creighton (11-4), and Illinois State (10-5) are the only schools mathematically alive for a regular-season crown and No. 1 tournament seed. All three teams play a mid-week home game this week prior to this weekend's ESPNU BracketBusters contests.
Sunday, February 15, 2009 | Men's Basketball Illinois State Wins Again, Downs Drake, 67-45
DES MOINES, Iowa ? Illinois State's Osiris Eldridge poured in a game-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Redbirds to a 67-45 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Drake at the Knapp Center Sunday night. The victory was the third-straight for the Redbirds on the road as they improved to 21-5 overall and 10-5 in the conference.
Saturday, February 14, 2009 | Men's Basketball Shockers Knock Off League-Leading UNI; MVC Race Tightens
Wichita State snapped UNI's eight-game MVC road winning streak and, in doing so, helped tighten up the MVC race. Creighton won at Southern Illinois, and now the Bluejays trail UNI by one game in the league race. Elsewhere, Bradley snapped a season-long four-game skid, while Indiana State won for the third-straight time.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Men's Basketball Creighton, Illinois State Notch 20th Victories
The league's top three teams in the standings continued to separate themselves from the rest of the pack as UNI, Creighton and Illinois State all won Wednesday night. Indiana State won its second-straight game, behind a 25-point night by Jay Tunnell. Osiris Eldridge's jumper with :01 left gave Illinois State the two-point win at Roberts Stadium.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | Men's Basketball Murry's Late Three-Pointer Lifts Shockers, 62-61
Toure' Murry poured in a career-high 23 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with five seconds to play, as Wichita State (12-13, 6-8) rallied to beat Missouri State (10-15, 3-11), 62-61, Tuesday night inside Charles Koch Arena.
Monday, February 09, 2009 | Men's Basketball ESPNU BracketBusters Game Times and Networks Announced
Four Valley schools are featured on the telecast package, marking the seventh-straight year that four or more MVC teams have been on TV as part of BracketBusters - the only league with that accomplishment.
Monday, February 09, 2009 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Feb. 9)
Two games this week will feature teams that have yet to face one another in league play. Bradley and Evansville play Saturday in Peoria with the rematch scheduled for Feb. 25. Indiana State visits Missouri State on Saturday, and the two play the regular-season finale on Feb. 28.
Sunday, February 08, 2009 | Men's Basketball Streaks Snapped on Sunday in Valley Basketball
Three lengthy streaks were snapped on Sunday in MVC men's basketball action. Creighton won at Northern Iowa to snap the Panthers' school-record 11-game winning streak, while Indiana State (losers of seven-straight games) won at Illinois State on a buzzer-beater by Harry Marshall, 75-73 in overtime, snapping the Redbirds' 12-game homecourt win streak.
Saturday, February 07, 2009 | Men's Basketball Saluki Sophomore Fuels Key Road Win
Justin Bocot scored a career-high 28 points to fuel Southern Illinois to a key road win over Missouri State, lifting the Salukis to within one game of .500 in league play, one game behind fourth-place Bradley and Evansville. Drake (vs. Bradley) and Evansville (vs. Wichita State) won at home Saturday.
Saturday, February 07, 2009 | Men's Basketball Valley Tabs UNI-Evansville as Wildcard TV Game for Feb. 28
St. Louis, Mo. -- The Missouri Valley Conference has selected the Evansville at UNI men's basketball game on Saturday, February 28, to complete the league's Wildcard Weekend on Fox Sports Midwest and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Saturday, February 07, 2009 | Men's Basketball ESPN Selects Creighton-Illinois State for Game on Feb. 28
ESPN has notified the Missouri Valley Conference of its selection of the Illinois State at Creighton men?s basketball game for air on ESPN2 on Saturday, February 28, at 1:05 p.m. Central.
Friday, February 06, 2009 | Men's Basketball MVC Completes Wildcard Weekend Selection of Telecasts
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Valley Conference has selected the Evansville at Northern Iowa men's basketball game on Saturday, February 28, to complete the league's Wildcard Weekend on Fox Sports Midwest and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Thursday, February 05, 2009 | Men's Basketball Three Named Academic All-District
Three Valley men's basketball student-athletes have been named to all-District ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams Thursday. Evansville Jason Holsinger, Northern Iowa's Adam Koch, and Southern Illinois' Bryan Mullins represent the Missouri Valley Conference.
Thursday, February 05, 2009 | Men's Basketball Wednesday (Feb. 4) Men's Basketball Recaps
An historic win highlighted Wednesday's action in the Missouri Valley Conference as coach Dana Altman of Creighton won his 300th game at CU, making him only the second coach in the 102-year history of the league to win 300 games at the same MVC school (joining MVC Hall of Famer Henry Iba).
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 | Men's Basketball Late Three-Point Flurry Lifts Panthers Again
Johnny Moran hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to lift Northern Iowa to a 61-58 win over Bradley on Tuesday. UNI (17-6, 11-1, Missouri Valley) launched an assault from behind the arc with just under four minutes left and trailing 54-46. The Panthers' last five baskets were 3-pointers, including three from Ali Farokhmanesh and two from Moran.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 | Men's Basketball Salukis Lose Mullins Indefinitely
Southern Illinois senior guard Bryan Mullins will be out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right foot, head coach Chris Lowery announced Tuesday. Mullins, who has missed only two games in his career to date, leads the MVC in assists and recently became just the second player in league history to surpass 500 career assists and 250 career steals.
Monday, February 02, 2009 | Men's Basketball Four Valley Schools Featured on ESPNU BracketBusters
Pairings for the seventh annual ESPNU BracketBusters have been announced. Four Valley schools (Creighton, Evansville, Illinois State and UNI) have been selected for the telecast package.
Monday, February 02, 2009 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook (Feb. 2)
The league begins play in the final month of the regular season Tuesday night (Feb. 2) as first-place UNI visits second-place Bradley in Peoria. The Braves are one of three teams tied for second place and trail the Panthers -- winners of 10-straight games -- by three games in the standings.
Sunday, February 01, 2009 | Men's Basketball Big Second Half Lifts Creighton Past Missouri State
OMAHA, Neb. -- Kenton Walker had a career-high 15 points to lead four players in double-figures as Creighton used a big second half to defeat Missouri State, 75-51, on Sunday afternoon before 15,802 fans at Qwest Center Omaha.
Saturday, January 31, 2009 | Men's Basketball Saturday Men's Basketball Recaps (Jan. 31)
UNI used a second-half comeback at Indiana State, fueled by junior Adam Koch, to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit to win for the 10th-straight time, building a three-game lead in the conference race. Elsewhere Saturday, Illinois State edged Bradley; Evansville beat Southern Illinois; and Wichita State won its fourth-straight home game, beating Drake.
Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Men's Basketball Thursday Night Men's Basketball Recaps
Two postponed games were played Thursday night. Kaylon Williams' heroics lifted Evansville to a three-point win at the buzzer at Drake, while Southern Illinois used a balanced scoring attack to put away a stubborn Missouri State team, 68-57.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | Men's Basketball Wednesday Night MVC Men's Basketball Recaps
On Wednesday, UNI won for the ninth-straight time as the Panthers edged Illinois State, 59-55. Bradley kept pace and took over sole possession of second place with a 15-point home win against Wichita State. Two games were postponed and rescheduled for Thursday (Missouri State at Southern Illinois; and Evansville at Drake).
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | Men's Basketball Evansville-Drake MBB Postponed Until 4 p.m. Thursday
DES MOINES, IOWA - Drake's Missouri Valley Conference home men's basketball game with Evansville tonight (Wednesday) has been postponed and rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 29). Evansville was unable to fly out because of a winter storm which blanketed southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 | Men's Basketball Creighton Handles Indiana State at Home, 73-62
P'Allen Stinnett scored all of his 13 points in the final nine minutes as Creighton pulled away from Indiana State for a 73-62 win on Tuesday. The sophomore, who averages 13 points, was 0-for-3 from the floor until scoring 10 points during a decisive 14-5 run for the Bluejays (16-5, 6-4 Missouri Valley Conference).
Monday, January 26, 2009 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Weekly Notebook
The second half of the league season begins as Indiana State visits Creighton on Tuesday in what will be the 10th league game for both schools. UNI is in the lead 'at the turn' as the Panthers have won eight-straight games and have a two-game lead over Bradley and Illinois State. The Panthers open the second-half of the league slate against Illinois State on Wednesday.
Sunday, January 25, 2009 | Men's Basketball Sunday (Jan. 25) Men's Basketball Recaps
Adam Koch scored a career-high 30 points in lifting UNI to its fifth-straight road win in league play and eighth-win overall as the Panthers won 78-69 in Springfield. UNI's 8-1 league start gives the Panthers a two-game lead over second-place Illinois State and Bradley (both at 6-3). Wichita State, meanwhile, got a Torre' Murry jumper with eight seconds left to lift the Shockers to their third-straight win (51-50 over visiting Evansville.
Sunday, January 25, 2009 | Men's Basketball Saturday MVC Men's Basketball Recaps
Both Bradley and Illinois State kept pace with first-place UNI with wins on Saturday night. The Panthers play at Missouri State on Sunday (6 pm on ESPNU). On Saturday, Bradley beat Indiana State, Illinois State edged Southern Illinois, and Drake used a second-half rally to win at Creighton.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | Men's Basketball UNI Wins Again; Panthers Hold 2-Game Lead
UNI won for the seventh-straight time with a come-from-behind win against second-place Bradley and the Panthers have a two-game advantage in the league race -- ahead of three teams knotted at 5-3. Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Wichita State also won Wednesday night.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | Men's Basketball Creighton Thumps Evansville on Strength of Three-Pointers
The three-point shooting numbers told it all Tuesday night: Creighton 10-for-18 from behind the arc, and Evansville 1-for-12. The result was a 79-57 Missouri Valley Conference victory for the Bluejays in front of a Roberts Stadium crowd of 6,626 and an ESPNU national television audience. Three Bluejays had career-highs in scoring, including Kenny Lawson.
Monday, January 19, 2009 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook
Northern Iowa's six-game winning streak and sole possession of first place will be on the line when the Panthers (12-6, 6-1) host Bradley (11-7, 5-2) on Wednesday night in Cedar Falls at McLeod Center. The Panthers are one of five Valley teams to possess a winning streak of five or more games this year.
Sunday, January 18, 2009 | Men's Basketball Sunday (Jan. 18) Men's Basketball Recaps
On Sunday, Southern Illinois climbed one step closer to the .500 mark with an impressive home win against Bradley, keeping the Braves out of first place. Illinois State continued its winning ways, too, as the Redbirds won for the 16th time in 18 tries this season with a 12-point win against visiting Missouri State.
Saturday, January 17, 2009 | Men's Basketball Panthers Roll at Drake, Take Over First Place
On Saturday, UNI won for the fourth time on the MVC road and sixth-straight time overall to take over sole possession of first place in The Valley, one-half game ahead of Bradley, who plays at Southern Illinois on Sunday (ESPNU). Wichita State and Evansville also posted victories Saturday.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | Men's Basketball Valley, Mountain West Release Pairings For Challenge Series
The Missouri Valley Conference and the Mountain West Conference have announced next season's pairings for the inaugural Challenge Series between the two conferences. The agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley conferences is a four-year term.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | Men's Basketball Wednesday MVC Men's Basketball Recaps
On Wednesday, Creighton used a last-minute flurry in both regulation and overtime to beat Southern Illinois, 73-72, in Omaha. Elsewhere, Illinois State snapped Drake's four-game win streak with a 65-61 win in Normal, and Missouri State snapped its six-game skid with a 68-55 home win against Wichita State.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | Men's Basketball Bradley, UNI Win Again, Remain in First Place
On Tuesday, Bradley won its third-straight conference road game (for the first time since 1993-94), this time winning at Indiana State, 63-52. And Northern Iowa won its fifth-straight game, as the Panthers topped Evansville, 58-47. The Braves and the Panthers share first place as both moved to 5-1 in league play.
Monday, January 12, 2009 | Men's Basketball MBB Notebook: Three Enter Week Tied for First
Five Valley games will be featured as part of the Valley's television package in the next eight days, including three contests on the ESPN family of networks. The league's co-leaders will all get a mid-week road test as Bradley (at Indiana State) and UNI (at Evansville) head east tomorrow, while Drake visits Illinois State on Wednesday.
Sunday, January 11, 2009 | Men's Basketball Drake Slips By Wichita State; Tied For First
Drake rallied to beat visiting Wichita State, 74-69, on Sunday night, forcing a three-way tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball race with Bradley and Northern Iowa (all tied at 4-1 in league play). On Tuesday, Bradley is at Indiana State, while UNI is at Evansville. Drake's next game is Wednesday, at Illinois State.
Sunday, January 11, 2009 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Saturday Recaps
Northern Iowa won for the fourth-straight time, while Bradley's five-game win streak came to an end, forcing a first-place tie between the Panthers and Braves, each at 4-1 in the MVC. Elsewhere, Southern Illinois beat Evansville and Indiana State handed Illinois State its second-straight defeat.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 | Men's Basketball MBB: Wednesday Night Recaps
On Wednesday in Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball action, Drake won for the third-straight time with a 69-50 score against Indiana State; Evansville posted its second-straight win, and fourth in the last five games, in an overtime squeaker against Missouri State; and Southern Illinois snapped a three-game skid with a 12-point win at Wichita State.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 | Men's Basketball Bradley Stops Illinois State, Takes Over First Place
Bradley (10-5, 4-0) used a stellar defense to hand previously unbeaten Illinois State (14-1, 3-1) its first loss of the season as the Braves took over sole possession of first place with a 56-52 win in Peoria. UNI (9-6, 3-1), meanwhile, snapped a nine-game losing streak to Creighton (12-4, 2-2), with a 69-66 win in Omaha.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 | Men's Basketball Tickets On Sale For State Farm MVC Tournament
The Missouri Valley Conference has unveiled a new tournament logo for the State Farm MVC Tournament. In March, the league will be conducting its 19th-straight tournament in St. Louis, and for the 15th year in a row, the games will be played at Scottrade Center. The tournament features all 10 teams.
Monday, January 05, 2009 | Men's Basketball MBB Notebook: Battle For First Place Takes Place Tuesday
A pair of league unbeatens will battle Tuesday for sole possession of first place in Peoria. Illinois State (14-0, 3-0), which shares the nation's longest winning streak at 14 games, will travel up I-74 to face instate rival Bradley (9-5, 3-0) with first-place bragging rights on the line. Bradley carries a four-game winning streak into tomorrow night's game.
Sunday, January 04, 2009 | Men's Basketball Sunday MVC Men's Basketball Recaps
Drake snapped a 12-game road losing streak to Southern Illinois with a 67-60 win in Carbondale on Sunday, while Evansville also snapped a lengthy losing streak against league opponents, winning against an MVC team for the first time away from Evansville in 16 tries.
Sunday, January 04, 2009 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Saturday Recaps
Illinois State became just the 10th team in league history to start a season with 14-straight wins as the Redbirds throttled pre-season league favorite Creighton by 22 points on Saturday night. The 'Birds will face Bradley on Tuesday in a battle for sole possession of first place after the Braves won at Springfield, 63-57. Also, UNI trailed early, but rallied for a 78-54 win against visiting Wichita State.
Friday, January 02, 2009 | Men's Basketball MVC Report on KFNS Begins Jan. 5
The MVC Report will begin Monday, Jan. 5, on KNFS Radio (590 the Fan) in St. Louis. There are three reports each week (M-W-F) at 6:51 a.m. CT. Scores, highlights and interviews are featured on the report, which will continue for 10 weeks, until March 14.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball -- New Year's Eve Recaps
The league's two hottest teams remained hot as Illinois State (13-straight wins) and Creighton (nine-straight) both posted wins Wednesday. The two face each other Saturday night as part of a triple-header weekend on the MVC Television Network. Elsewhere on New Year's Eve, Bradley extended its win streak to three games, while UNI and Drake also won.
Monday, December 29, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 29)
In league play this week, three league teams (Illinois State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois) have two home games; and three (Bradley, Creighton, Evansville) travel for both games this week. Three league games will be aired as part of the MVC Television Network this week. On Saturday, the league will air the Creighton-Illinois State game; while Sunday's games include Drake-Southern Illinois and Evansville-Indiana State.
Sunday, December 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball Conference Schedule Begins Sunday - MBB Recaps
The 2008-09 conference schedule began Sunday and two games were decided in overtime. Illinois State became just the second league school since 1983-84 to improve to 12-0 with a 72-69 overtime win at Missouri State. Creighton (11-2, 1-0) won for the eighth-straight time, while Indiana State outlasted Northern Iowa, 85-84 in 2OT in Cedar Falls. Evansville (9-2, 1-0) and Bradley (7-5, 1-0) also won.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Tuesday Night (Dec. 23) Recaps
The Valley wrapped up its pre-Christmas non-conference schedule Tuesday with two more wins, including a Creighton championship victory in the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic (83-75 over DePaul). The league currently sits at 70-41 in non-league play, with February BracketBusters games and post-season play all that remain.
Monday, December 22, 2008 | Men's Basketball Monday Men's Basketball Recaps (Dec. 22)
Four non-conference games were on tap Monday, and three more are scheduled for Tuesday as the league winds out its pre-Christmas non-conference schedule. Creighton won for the sixth-straight time, while Southern Illinois and Wichita State won on their home flloors, and Missouri State's winning streak came to an end as the Bears lost in the finals of the Basketball Traveler's Tip-Off tournament.
Monday, December 22, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 22)
Seven non-conference games are on the league slate over the next two days; and after a four-day break, the Valley will begin conference play with five league games on Dec. 28. Drake will be looking to become the first team to defend a regular-season title since Southern Illinois won four-straight crowns from 2002-05. Illinois State, meanwhile, is looking to become just the second MVC team in the past 25 years to start a season 12-0. ISU is one of 10 undefeated teams nationally.
Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Men's Basketball Saturday Men's Basketball Recaps
On Saturday, Drake continued its recent dominance in the Big Four series with a 17-point win against visiting Iowa in front of a sold-out Knapp Center. Meanwhile, all of the other league teams were perfect at home, too, including Illinois State, which moved to 11-0 on the year with a 67-60 win against UIC. The Valley has won 14 of its past 15 non-conference games at home.
Saturday, December 20, 2008 | Men's Basketball Two Valley Student-Athletess Candidates For Senior CLASS Award
Josh Dotzler, a senior on the Creighton men's basketball team, and Jason Holsinger, a senior on the Evansville men's basketball team, have been selected as two of 30 official candidates for the 2008-09 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Thursday, December 18, 2008 | Men's Basketball Top-Ranked Tar Heels Hand Evansville Its Second Loss
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- (AP) Top-ranked North Carolina waited for Tyler Hansbrough to make history, then went on a big run to take an 18-point halftime lead to beat Evansville, 91-73, on Thursday night. Shy Ely led Evansville (7-2) with 23 points.
Monday, December 15, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 15)
The Valley will wind out the pre-Christmas non-league slate in the next nine days with 21 non-MVC games. Thirteen of those are at home, where the league is 41-10 this season. Two games this week are featured on the ESPN family of networks, including Evansville at North Carolina on Thursday (ESPN) and Iowa at Drake (ESPNU) on Saturday.
Sunday, December 14, 2008 | Men's Basketball Basketball Tournament Tickets on Sale on December 15
Tickets for the 2009 State Farm MVC Basketball Tournaments go on sale Dec. 15. The State Farm MVC Men's Championship is March 5-8 in St. Louis (Scottrade Center). The State Farm MVC Women's Championship is March 12-15 in St. Charles, Mo. (Family Arena).
Sunday, December 14, 2008 | Men's Basketball Sunday Men's Basketball Recaps
The Valley went 2-1 on Sunday in non-conference action. Bradley used 20 steals to beat visiting Southeast Missouri State, 75-62; Illinois State moved to 9-0 on the year with a six-point win against Morehead State; and Southern Illinois fell at Nevada.
Saturday, December 13, 2008 | Men's Basketball Creighton, Evansville Win Again As Valley Splits on Saturday
In men's basketball, the Missouri Valley Conference went 3-3 on Saturday in non-conference action. Illinois State puts its perfect 8-0 record on the line Sunday, but on Saturday Evansville won for the seventh time in eight tries with a 72-40 win against Western Kentucky. And Creighton won for the fourth-straight time, easily handling visiting Northern Colorado, 85-66.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 | Men's Basketball Jays Hand Dayton First Loss; Evansville Wins Again
In men's basketball Wednesday, Creighton improved to 6-2 on the season with an 18-point home win over previously unbeaten Dayton. Evansville won again, lifting its record to 6-1 on the season with an 80-76 win against visiting Eastern Illinois. Bradley fell to Butler (8-0), while Missouri State was nipped by Tulsa on the road.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 | Men's Basketball Drake Continues Domination of ?Big Four? Series, Tops Iowa State
Josh Young scored 19 points and Jonathan Cox posted his 14th career double-double to lead Drake to a come-from-behind 66-63 win at Iowa State on Tuesday. The win is the Bulldogs' ninth-consecutive in the ?Big Four' series, a series comprised of the Division I teams in Iowa.
Monday, December 08, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 8)
This week, the league will look to improve on its 44-27 non-conference record, with the majority of games taking place on Valley homecourts, where the league is 32-8 this season. Following two Monday (Dec. 8) games, the league will play 17 games this week, including 11 at home.
Sunday, December 07, 2008 | Men's Basketball ISU Gets First Win; Braves Fall To No. 12 Spartans
In Sunday men's basketball action in the Missouri Valley Conference, Indiana State picked up its first win of the season, beating a Lamar team that had lost once previously, 68-66, in the Marques Maybin Classic in Louisville. Bradley, meanwhile, fell to No. 12 Michigan State, 75-59. Monday, Indiana State faces Ohio, while Wichita State is at TCU.
Sunday, December 07, 2008 | Men's Basketball League Goes 6-2 in Men's Basketball on Saturday
In men's basketball on Saturday (Dec. 6), the Missouri Valley Conference combined for a 6-2 non-league record. Illinois State won for the eighth time in eight tries as the Redbirds handled visiting Bowling Green, 78-65. Behind a career-high 29 points by Booker Woodfox, Creighton picked up an impressive road win at Saint Joseph's, while four other league teams won at home.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | Men's Basketball Eddie Jackson to Succeed Boomer Bain in 2009-10
St. Louis, MO ? The Missouri Valley Conference has announced that Eddie Jackson will become the Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officials beginning with the 2009-10 basketball season, succeeding the legendary Jim "Boomer" Bain, who has held the position for the past 18 years.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | Men's Basketball Valley Splits Pair of Men's Basketball Games Wednesday
Two league games went down to the final seconds Wednesday, with UNI losing to Iowa State in overtime and Wichita State losing by three at Texas Tech by three after a furious comeback. Drake, meanwhile, pounded visiting Lincoln; and Missouri State won at home again, knocking off visiting Arkansas-Little Rock by 22.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 | Men's Basketball Blowout Wins Highlight Perfect Tuesday
In men's basketball on Tuesday, the league went 3-0 with three large-margin victories. Evansville throttled visiting SIU Edwardsville, 89-58; Creighton easily handled winless Mississippi Valley State, 82-58; and Southern Illinois avenged a last-season loss to Saint Louis with a 64-48 win in SIU Arena.
Monday, December 01, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Sophomore Center Will Egolf Suffers Torn ACL
Bradley sophomore center Will Egolf, who had earned his first three career starts in the last three games, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, head coach Jim Les announced today. An MRI exam Sunday afternoon confirmed the injury and Egolf is expected to have season-ending surgery next week.
Monday, December 01, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Valley Men's Basketball Notebook (Dec. 1)
After defeating UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday, 87-59, Illinois State opened its season with a perfect 7-0 record. The last time Illinois State won its first seven games of the season was during the 1977-78 campaign, when the Redbirds won their first 12 games of the season. It's been three years since a Valley team started the season 7-0.
Sunday, November 30, 2008 | Men's Basketball Illinois State 7-0 For First Time in 31 Seasons
For the first time since 1977-78, Illinois State is 7-0. The Redbirds reached that after winning their second regular-season tournament title Sunday with an 87-59 victory over UC-Santa Barbara in the World Vision Invitational. Sunday's other contests included a Wichita State 65-57 loss to No. 5 Michigan State; and a 68-62 victory by Drake over New Mexico.
Saturday, November 29, 2008 | Men's Basketball Saturday Valley Men's Basketball Recaps
In Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball action on Saturday, Illinois State remained perfect on the season after the Redbirds easily handled visiting Winston-Salem State, 53-33. The league went a combined 3-4 on Saturday, highlighted by ISU's win, a Bradley victory against East Tennessee State, and a UNI win vs. Auburn.
Friday, November 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball Friday Men's Basketball Recaps
On Friday, Wichita State rallied from a second-half 12-point deficit to beat Siena, 72-70, in the second round of the 2008 Old Spice Classic. Illinois State beat Nicholls State, 75-65; No. 15 Marquette handled UNI, 73-43; and Missouri State fell to Utah, 71-58.
Thursday, November 27, 2008 | Men's Basketball Shockers Battle No. 16 Georgetown, Fall 58-50
Wichita State battled No. 16 Georgetown to the end on Thanksgiving Day but lost to the 16th-ranked Hoyas, 58-50. The Shockers will take on Siena on Friday on ESPNU. Other games Friday include UNI vs. No. 15 Marquette; Illinois State vs. Nicholls State; and Missouri State vs. Utah.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 | Men's Basketball Bradley Posts Second-Straight Tournament Victory
In men's basketball on Wednesday, Bradley won again as the Braves rolled to an 80-66 win against Richmond in the finale of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. Elsewhere, Indiana State fell to Murray State and Southern Illinois lost at Western Kentucky. Wichita State faces No. 16 Georgetown on ESPN2 on Thanksgiving Day.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 | Men's Basketball Tuesday Men's Basketball Recaps
Bradley and UNI both won in-season tournament games on Tuesday night, while Creighton fell for the first time this year, on a late tip-in at Arkansas-Little Rock, 71-69. Three league non-conference tilts are on tap today as Bradley faces Richmond; Murray State is at Indiana State; and Southern Illinois plays at Western Kentucky.
Monday, November 24, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Valley Men's Basketball Notebook (Nov. 24)
In season-tournaments have several league teams very busy this week. Bradley (four games in six days) and Wichita State (four games in seven days) are the busiest, while two other league teams have three-game weeks (Illinois State and Northern Iowa). Six non-conference games are against BCS schools and at least two are against top-25 foes.
Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Men's Basketball Sunday Men's Basketball Recaps
Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball teams went a combined 3-1 Sunday to cap a 12-6 week in non-conference action. Sunday's games featured three more in-season tournament victories (including a tournament championship by Illinois State, which won the SMU Tip-Off Classic.)
Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Goes Perfect on Saturday
The Missouri Valley Conference continued its dominance at home, lifting its non-conference home record to 13-2 this season. Highlighted by a Missouri State victory over previously unbeaten Arkansas in the debut of the JQH Arena, the league went 4-0 overall on Saturday.
Friday, November 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Friday Men's Basketball Recaps
In Valley men's basketball action Friday, Illinois State (2-0) remained perfect with a first-round tournament victory against Alabama State in the SMU Classic. Southern Illinois fell for the second time in two days to a team ranked in the Top 5 nationally, this time to No. 4 UCLA. Four games are on tap in league non-conference action Saturday.
Friday, November 21, 2008 | Men's Basketball Thursday Men's Basketball Recaps
Southern Illinois fell to No. 5 Duke in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic on Thursday, and pre-season favorite Creighton cruised to an easy victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. On Friday, the Salukis will battle No. 4 UCLA in the 2K Sports Classic consolation final, while Illinois State opens play in the SMU Classic (against Alabama State).
Thursday, November 20, 2008 | Men's Basketball Men's Basketball Wednesday Night Recaps
Drake's Josh Young was the highlight of MVC men's basketball action on Wednesday evening as he scored a career-high 34 points in a come-from-behind victory against Morehead State. It was the first win for DU head coach Mark Phelps.
Monday, November 17, 2008 | Men's Basketball Weekly Valley Men's Basketball Notebook (Nov. 17)
In recent seasons, The Valley has had great success at home in non-conference play, and the league is at it again, recording a 7-1 home start in the first week of the season. In the past four seasons (not counting this year), the league has combined for a 226-33 (.873) mark at home in non-conference play. Ten of 18 games this week are at home.
Sunday, November 16, 2008 | Men's Basketball Creighton Comeback Highlights Sunday Men's Basketball
Missouri Valley men's basketball teams went 2-1 on Sunday. In its opener, Creighton rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat New Mexico, 82-75, in Omaha. The Shockers got off to a good start this year with an impressive 77-53 home win against Florida A&M. And Bradley - playing without an injured Andrew Warren - fell at No. 19 Florida, 81-58.
Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Men's Basketball Three League Teams Win Their Openers
Three Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball teams won their season-opening games on Saturday, lifting the league's non-conference record to 6-2 thus far. Three games are on the slate Sunday, Nov. 16, as Bradley faces Florida on ESPNU (1:15 pm CT), while Wichita State (vs. Florida A&M) and Creighton (vs. New Mexico) open their seasons.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | Men's Basketball Southern Illinois to face Duke next week
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois rallied from a 15-point deficit with a furious second-half comeback to beat UMass, 80-73, and advance to the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic in New York next week. The Salukis will play Duke on Nov. 20 at Madison Square Garden in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball 2008 MVC Basketball Media Day - Audio Excerpts
The 2008 MVC Basketball Media Day was at the Sheraton City Center Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Creighton's men's team and Illinois State's women's team have been picked to win the league. Excerpts from coaches, student-athletes on the pre-season men's and women's team, and commissioner Doug Elgin are available.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball Valley and Mountain West Announce Challenge Series
The Missouri Valley Conference and the Mountain West Conference announced today an agreement in principle to the formation of an annual Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge for men's basketball. All 19 members of both leagues will participate in the Challenge, which will feature head-to-head competition between nine Mountain West and nine Missouri Valley teams annually.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball Creighton Picked To Take Valley Men's Basketball Title
Creighton, which returns a veteran backcourt and solid depth from last year's fourth-place Missouri Valley Conference finisher, is picked to win the conference title in 2008-09. The Bluejays were tabbed by 36 of 39 voters to win the league's men's basketball crown, earning 386 of a possible 390 points. The poll is conducted by league coaches, media, and sports information directors, and was announced in conjunction with the league's annual Media Day in St. Louis.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball ISU's Alex Rubin Out 6-8 Weeks
NORMAL, Ill. ? Sophomore Alex Rubin will have a later start to the basketball season than the rest of his Illinois State team after an X-ray revealed a fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his left foot, which is commonly known as the "Jones fracture." He will undergo surgery to repair the broken bone Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 | Men's Basketball Stinson Leaves Indiana State Basketball Program
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ? The Indiana State men's basketball program and head coach Kevin McKenna have announced that junior guard Marico Stinson is leaving the program for personal reasons.
Friday, September 05, 2008 | Men's Basketball All 10 Valley Teams Featured in Seventh Annual ESPNU BracketBusters Event
The seventh annual ESPNU BracketBusters event, a two-day men's college basketball extravaganza pitting potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other on February 20-21, will feature 13 nationally televised games ? on either ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN360.com -- selected from a pool of 102 teams.
Thursday, August 07, 2008 | Men's Basketball Illinois State Loses Sampay for 4-5 Months
NORMAL, Ill. ? Illinois State senior forward Brandon Sampay underwent surgery Monday to repair a congenital condition in his left hip, and as a result, will be sidelined for four-to-five months. Sampay's surgery went well, and he has already begun the rehabilitation process.