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Game 3: Creighton at Wichita State

The Shockers, believe it or not, can put themselves in decent shape with a win today. They are through the toughest part of the schedule, with series against the two bottom MVC teams remaining – Indiana State and Bradley. If WSU wins today – and that’s a big if – WSU could finish 14-7. A loss means it will be difficult to catch Creighton, especially for a team that hasn’t swept a conference weekend.

Creighton has two tough series remaining – at Evansville and vs. Missouri State. MSU, if it completes a sweep of Illinois State on the road today, is also in strong position. Woeful Bradley comes to Springfield next weekend. Then it’s a showdown in Omaha against the Jays in a series that will likely decide things.

Illinois State, the preseason favorite, is no sure bet to finish with a winning MVC record. The Redbirds dropped home series to Creighton and MSU. They have a series at SIU and a home series with Evansville remaining.

MVC standings

Creighton 10-4

Missouri State 8-5

WSU 8-6

SIU 8-6

Illinois State 7-7

Evansville 6-7

Indiana State 5-9

Bradley 3-11