Six MVC teams are in four post-season tournaments. All levels of March Madness start tonight.South Dakota at Creighton, tonight, CollegeInsider.com Tournament“The CIT offered us a home game. We wanted to play at home. It gives our team an opportunity to play again,” Creighton coach Dana Altman said.
South Dakota is in its third season moving up from NCAA Division II.Former Creighton player Steve Smith is a starter for the Coyotes.
Indiana State at Saint Louis, tonight, College Basketball Invitational“It’s a great step for our program, andkind of a reward to our seniors,” coach Kevin McKenna said.
The Sycamores drew a tough opponent. The Bills thought they were an NIT-worthy team and they are right. I watched SLU play Temple the night before the MVC Tournament and left impressed by both teams. SLU coach Rick Majerus is building a good program. He’s got some talent, and it’s all young.
Middle Tennessee State at Missouri State, Wednesday, CIT“The thing that helps us some is we played them last year in our tournament at home and we lost to them. Talented team. Physical team. Plays on the defensive end,” MSU coach Cuonzo MartinBoth teams are happy to be playing, even if the rest of the college basketball world won’t fill out a CIT bracket.Illinois State at Dayton, Wednesday, NIT“(At home) They go into a beatdown mode. It’s a real, real difficult draw givenwhere we play,” coach Tim Jankovich said.
The Redbirds also got a tough draw in the MVC-Atlantic 10 challenge. The Redbirds say there is no pressure on them.Dayton coach Brian Gregory thinks his team will get over its NCAA disappointment in time for the NIT game.
Nevada at Wichita State, Wednesday, NIT“We wanted to be playing in March with a chance to advance. Our guys are excited about it,” WSU assistant coach Earl Grant said.WSU sophomore Garrett Stutz is playing his best in March.Nevada senior Brandon Fields shakes off a disappointing effort in the WAC Tournament.Northern Iowa vs. UNLV, Thursday, NCAA Tournament“They really disrupt you. Opposing teams just don’t have many assists and that tells me they do a good job of taking things away,” UNI coach Ben Jacobson said.
MVC commissioner Doug Elgin thinks the Panthers deserved a better seed.Defense got the Panthers into the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.