Today’s schedule: No. 1 Missouri State vs. No. 8 Southern Illinois, 12:05 p.m.
No. 4 Northern Iowa vs. No. 5 Creighton, 2:35 p.m.
No. 2 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Bradley, 6:05 p.m.
No. 3 Indiana State vs. No. 6 Evansville, 8:35 p.m. Around the Valley
Bradley won for the sixth time in nine games on Thursday. An injury to center Jordan Prosser ends his season. The Braves are playing with no pressure in today’s game against second-seeded WSU. Peoria Journal-Star columnist Kirk Wessler makes the case that Bradley coach Jim Les isn’t getting the job done. Eagle columnist Bob Lutz thinks WSU should sue its Valley brethren for non-support in scheduling. Tournament coverage from Kansas.com here. Illinois State loses to SIU, mercifully ending the season for a bad offensive team. SIU faces top-seeded Missouri State without much time to rest. Creighton enters the tournament after playing well in February, although their record doesn’t reflect it. UNI guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe faces Creighton’s Antoine Young in a marquee point-guard duel. Drake ends the season with two blowout losses to Bradley – last-place Bradley. Des Moines Register columnist Sean Keeler wonders if Drake’s young players make the future better, and if Mark Phelps is the right coach to shape that future.