The fate of the MVC race - pretty dramatic, huh – rests with WSU tonight. A loss gives Northern Iowa a three-game lead with six to play.
WSU wants to do a better job controlling Kwadzo Ahelegbe’s drives to the basket tonight. He hurt the Shockers in Koch Arena. Aaron Ellis and Gabe Blair did a good job frustrating UNI’s Adam Koch in the first meeting. They kept him from getting open shots and – critically – didn’t foul. Koch shoots more free throws (108) than anybody else in the MVC and can quickly wreck a defense with foul trouble and free throws.
WSU is 2-1 against UNI the past two seasons, making it the only MVC team with a winning record against the Panthers in that time. That probably just means WSU hasn’t played them in Cedar Falls this season – unless it means the Shockers are a bad matchup for the Panthers. We find out more tonight.
UNI guard Johnny Moran warmed up. Looks like he is moving well.
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Around the Valley
UNI relies on defense to keep it atop the standings.MVC commissioner Doug Elgin says members of the selection committee will be watching.Missouri State comes close. It’s not good enough.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch weighs the A-10 vs. the MVC. The A-10 is better. You’ll get no argument from me.Creighton plays winless Evansville tonight in the Qwest Center.Bradley beats Drake in the final seconds.