They’re halfway home
Indiana State is the Missouri Valley Conference basketball MVP at the halfway point. Without the Sycamores, the conference looks much less interesting.
The Sycamores lifted the entire conference with two big wins in Hawaii in late December. On Tuesday, they turned a two-team race into a three-team race with a win at No. 15 Wichita State. Plus, they reactivated the importance of those December wins by strengthening their NCAA Tournament resume.
The Valley starts February with two nationally ranked teams, three at-large contenders, national Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott of No. 21 Creighton and Coach of the Year candidate Gregg Marshall of Wichita State.
If things fall right, this could be a landmark season for the MVC.
Honors at the halfway point:
One to watch
In their own words
“This might be the most disappointed I’ve been all season. For us to let up like that defensively, to give up 64 percent (shooting in the second half) to a team that kept driving us — it’s not like they were doing different things — it’s very disappointing,” Illinois State coach Dan Muller, in the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph, after Tuesday’s 83-77 loss at Bradley.