Missouri Valley Standings
|Team||Conference Record||Overall Record||Tournament Outlook|
|Northern Iowa||14-4||25-5||1 seed|
|Loyola (Chicago)||13-5||21-10||2 seed|
|Indiana State||11-7||18-11||3 seed|
|Southern Illinois||10-8||16-15||5 seed|
|Missouri State||9-9||15-16||6 seed|
|Illinois State||5-13||10-20||9 seed|
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Missouri Valley Tournament Schedule
Dates: March 5-8
TV: CBS (Championship), CBSSN (Semifinals), ESPN+ (First Round and Quarterfinals)
Site: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO
Byes: Top 6 get single
2019 Champion: Bradley
Completed Missouri Valley Tournament Bracket
- (7) Valparaiso 58, (10) Evansville 55
- (8) Drake 75, (9) Illinois State 65
- (8) Drake 77, (1) Northern Iowa 56
- (7) Valparaiso 74, (2) Loyola (Chicago) 73 (OT)
- (6) Missouri State 78, (3) Indiana State 51
- (4) Bradley 64, (5) Southern Illinois 59
- (4) Bradley 76, (8) Drake 66
- (7) Valparaiso 89, (6) Missouri State 82
- (4) Bradley 80, (7) Valparaiso 66
Bradley advances to NCAA Tournament
Missouri Valley Conference Breakdown
No team seeded lower than fifth has emerged victorious from the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament over the last ten seasons. In fact, last year’s Bradley team was the lowest seed to win in the last decade, doing so as the 5-seed. This could be some useful insight when betting, so get on that if you know how to bet on March Madness with MyTopSportsbooks.
That same 5-seed belongs to Southern Illinois this year. The 1-seed has claimed four of the last ten MVC Tournament championships while the 2-seed has three. Northern Iowa and Loyola (Chicago) will look to continue that trend this year. The 3 and 4-seeds have also each won one MVC Tournament out of the last ten. Indiana State holds down the 3-line while the defending champion Braves are the 4 this year.
The stats serve to justify Northern Iowa’s regular season Missouri Valley Conference championship and number one seed. The Panthers rank 1st in scoring (75.8), scoring margin (+11.5), 3-point field goal percentage (0.396) and rebounding defense (30.1). Interestingly however, UNI finds themselves at the bottom of the MVC in turnover margin at -1.60. Could that be their Arch Madness kryptonite? Southern Illinois is another team to note, finding themselves all over the map in terms of the conference ranks for scoring (last), scoring defense (1st) and scoring margin (8th). They say defense wins championships. It’ll be interesting to see how the Salukis fare in St. Louis.
Entering the MVC Tournament as the 6-seed is certainly a disappointment for Missouri State. The Bears were picked to win the conference in the preseason poll, making them the largest underachiever. Meanwhile, Southern Illinois was the biggest overachiever, finishing 5th after being picked to finish at the bottom of the conference. Regular season-champion Northern Iowa was picked 3rd preseason. And despite being picked to finish 8th and picking up a monumental nonconference upset win over Kentucky, Evansville failed to win an MVC conference game and finished in the league cellar.