Tuesday, January 03, 2012 | Women's Basketball
Women's Basketball Weekly Notebook (Jan. 3)

After just one week of Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball action, four teams remained perfect in league play -- Illinois State (2-0), Indiana State (2-0), Wichita State (2-0) and Drake (1-0). The four teams will put their undefeated MVC records on the line this weekend, as the Redbirds are on the road at Indiana State and the Shockers host Drake and Creighton.

THIS WEEK'S MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Jan. 5

Friday, Jan. 6

Saturday, Jan. 7

Sunday, Jan. 8

*UNI @ UE, 7 PM

*ILS @ INS, 7:05 PM (MVC TV) 

*UNI @ SIU, 6:05 PM

*BU @ UE, 1 PM

*CU @ MSU, 7:05 PM

 

*DU @ MSU, 7:05 PM

*CU @ WSU, 2:05 PM 

*BU @ SIU, 7:05 PM 

 

 

 

*DU @ WSU, 7:05 PM 

 

 

 


FOUR STILL PERFECT IN MVC PLAY
Illinois State (2-0), Indiana State (2-0), Wichita State (2-0) and Drake (1-0) remained perfect after the first weekend of conference action.  The four teams will put their undefeated MVC records on the line this weekend, as the Redbirds are on the road at Indiana State and the Shockers will host Creighton and Drake.

BEST STARTS IN THE MVC?
Below is a look at the best league starts for current MVC members (includes each school's top performance only):

Team (Year) Loss Final
12-0 MSU (1995-96) at Illinois State 1st (16-2)
12-0 INS (2005-06) at Missouri State 1st (16-2)
10-0 DU (1997-98) Missouri State 1st (17-1)
9-0 ILS (2006-07) Evansville 2nd (13-5)
8-0 CU (1993-94) at Missouri State 2nd (14-2)
6-0 UNI (2000-01) at Missouri State 3rd (12-6)
4-0 UE (1999-00) at Missouri State T-2nd (14-4)
4-0 BU (2008-09) at UNI 4th (11-7)
3-0 SIU (1993-94) Creighton T-3rd (9-7)
3-0 WSU (1998-99) at Evansville T-5th (10-8)
3-0 WSU (1997-98) at Bradley T-5th (9-9)

TUNE IN
Illinois State and Indiana State will open the league’s television package, airing live on the MVC TV Network (Fox Sports Midwest/Comcast Chicago) this Friday, January 6, at 7:05 PM CST.  Nine other league contests will be televised as a part of the Valley’s TV package on FSN Midwest.

HOME, SWEET HOME
Since 2002, home teams have won at least 55 (.611) of the 90 contests in all but two seasons (2003-04 and 2006-07).  The most wins by home teams in league play came in 2008 (61-29 at home in conference play).  The league was 57-33 (.633) at home in league play last year, and has compiled a 5-4 (.556) mark so far in 2011-12.

QUICK STARTS CRUCIAL
Since 1983-83, just three teams (Missouri State, champions in 1998-99, 1994-95 and 1990-91, Drake, champions in 1996-97 and co-champions in 1987-88 and Evansville, a 2007-08 co-champion) have won at least a share of the regular-season title without winning its regular-season opener.  In fact, nine of the last 11 regular-season champs (or co-champs) have opened 2-0 or better in MVC play, with UE in 2007-08 and MSU in 2004-05 serving as the two exceptions.

THE RPI REPORT
For the third straight week, the Missouri Valley Conference holds steady at the No. 10 position in the latest (Jan. 2) Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report.  As a league, The Valley has the 12th-best strength of schedule, its best of the season.

THREE IN THE TOP 90
Three Valley teams rank in the RPI’s Top 100, led by Missouri State (59).  Creighton (65) and Wichita State (86) also represent the MVC among the nation’s top teams in the RPI.

SHOCK AND AWE
Wichita State entered the ranks of the RPI’s Top 100 for the first time this season, at the No. 86 position, climbing 55 spots from the previous report.  This is the highest RPI position for the Shockers since the 1999-2000 season, when Wichita State reached as high as No. 68 on Feb. 20, 2000, and finished the season at No. 82. 

.500 MAGNUM
The Missouri Valley Conference currently sits at 58-52 (.527) in non-conference action (through games of Sunday, Jan. 1).  With just one contest remaining in non-MVC action, the Valley has already secured yet another above .500 season.  The Valley has posted non-conference records above .500 in 16 of the last 20 seasons, and have not recorded back-to-back below .500 seasons since 1992.

LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
The Valley’s 58-52 non-conference record is a bit deceiving with 23 of those defeats (44 percent) coming at the hands of the six BCS conferences - the ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC - leagues with composite winning percentages above .729.

LOST IN TRANSLATION
Of the MVC’s 52 losses in non-conference action, 31 (.596) have come against teams in the RPI’s Top-100.

AGAINST THE FIELD
The MVC holds a winning record against 13 leagues in non-conference play (ACC, Atlantic-10, Big Sky, Big South, Great West, Horizon, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Mountain West, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt and WAC) and at least a .500 mark against another three (Big West, Conference USA and Metro Atlantic).

CAN'T HANG
The MVC holds an unblemished record in non-conference action against nine other leagues, including ACC (1-0), Atlantic-10 (1-0), Big Sky (1-0), Big South (2-0), Mid-Eastern (1-0), Mountain West (3-0), Southland (4-0), Sun Belt (5-0) and the WAC (1-0).

TOPPING POSTSEASON TEAMS
To date, MVC teams have 18 wins against teams that participated in either the NCAA, WNIT or WBI postseason events last season.  The 18 wins over postseason teams tops the league total of 17 postseason wins last season.