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Creighton, your 2005 Missouri Valley
MVC Day Four -
3/07 10:35 PM cst - An obviously dejected Tamarr Maclin answers media
questions, knowing his four year career is over without having made the Big
Dance. "It's been one of my dreams since I was little to play in the NCAA
Tournament." The Bears' players and staff were pretty complimentary of
Creighton, saying the Jays were just the better team tonight. "We
didn't do anything different against them than we did all year long.
They just got hot." Coach Hinson would have liked to have made the
100th and last year of SMS a special one, but was proud that, "we
represented the university pretty doggone good tonight."
3/07 10:18 PM cst - The final box score is telling. It's not the field
goal percentage or the rebounding differential, but two stats tell the
story: 16 assists for Creighton to just 5 for SMS, and 14 turnovers for SMS
to just 7 for Creighton.
3/07 10:13 PM cst - Creighton is Your 2005 Missouri Valley Conference
Champion! Each possession was like a microcosm of Southwest Missouri
State’s season. So close. So close to getting the job done, but just not
enough. Every time that it seemed like SMS would finally get the important
stop they needed, Creighton would hit a big three as the shot-clock expired.
The pressure kept mounting, until finally the bottle exploded and Creighton
ran away with a 75-57 victory. Within seconds of the final buzzer, the court
was mobbed with the Bluejay’s faithful, and a makeshift stage suddenly
appeared on the court. It’s hard to tell who will win the tournament MVP, as
Creighton truly won with a team effort. Dane Watts and Johnny Mathies scored
14 points a-piece, while Jimmy Motz added 12. For SMS, it’s the
disappointment of knowing they’re headed back to the NIT for another season
(this is the 5th time in 9 years that they've been the runner up.) For Coach
Hinson, it’s another year of having to wait to have his dream fulfilled..
3/07 9:45 PM cst - After SMS had a chance to tie it at 52, Creighton has
responded by scoring 8 in a row, behind a pair of long range bombs from
Tyler McKinney and Jimmy Motz. Both shots were disheartening blows to the
SMS defense, who had done their job well for over 30 seconds. Creighton now
leads by 10 with under 4 minutes to go.
3/07 9:26 PM cst - On every possession, Creighton seems to run down the
35-second clock to the last few ticks. The Bears have bailed out the Jays a
few times, once on an awful Bilyeu foul on a three-pointer and twice now by
giving up offensive rebounds. With 7:39 on the clock, Jeffrey Day is going
to the line after picking up one of the offensive boards, and a chance to
put CU up by 6, 52-47.
3/07 9:25 PM cst - Time outs are much quieter then usual without Barry
Hinson stomping and yelling the whole time. Today, I’m sitting behind
Creighton’s bench, and the most interesting thing I can make out is Coach
Altman blowing his nose. Apparently I’m not the only one with the sniffles.
Blake Ahearn scores his first points of the games at the 10:46 mark to bring
SMS within 4 points, 49-43.
8:50 PM cst - Creighton has opened up a six point lead, 38-32, behind their
hot three-point shooting. They end up with 24 of the 36 points coming from
downtown. For SMS, a 6 point deficit is nothing considering they were down
16 in yesterday afternoon’s win over Southern Illinois. Tamarr Maclin, who
played such an important role in SMS’ previous two wins, was rather quiet
for the first 15 minutes, before scoring 5 points at the end of the half.
You have to figure that the long range baskets won’t came as easy for the
Bluejays in the 2nd half, and they’ll need to get some kind of
easy shots down low or in the paint.
3;07 8:30 PM cst - After missing all 5 of his attempts in SMS’ semifinals
win, senior Anthony Shavies has come back strong with 8 points already on a
variety of mid-range jumpers and leaners. Despite his offensive efforts, the
Bears trail 26-22 with 7:53 left in the half. Five players have hit threes
for Creighton, who is simply finding success (6-7 from three) shooting over
the Bears zone defense. CU’s Nate Funk recently picked up his 2nd
foul, and it will be interesting to see how CU fares on offense without him.
3/07 8:10 PM cst - After the 1st TV timeout with Creighton up
11-9, both teams are obviously winded as they head to their benches. The
flow of the game has been the best of any yet, as no fouls have been called
in the first 5 minutes. Anthony Tolliver set the defensive tone for
Creighton, blocking two shots on SMS’ first possession of the game. The
Bears got on the board with a three from Deke Thompson, who has converted on
all 3 of his attempts.
7:50 PM cst - 10 minutes to tip off and the fans are already getting pumped
up. The SMS section is filled with signs touting their new name for
next season, "Missouri State University." Coach Hinson notes that his
team, "is the last of the Mohicans," and that the only way to go out is with
a bang. This game is of course televised on ESPN, and the MVC has done
a good job getting most of the fans across the way from the cameras, but it
would be nicer to have seen a larger crowd for the finals. The buzz
surrounding Creighton's chances for an at-large bid have been growing in the
media, but you couldn't tell it by seeing ho pumped up the Blue Jays are.
MVC Day Three -
7:20 PM cst - Creighton fans chant “NIT” as the game ends, predicting where
Wichita State will be playing in the coming weeks. Although CU missed some free
throws down the stretch, Wichita State was not able to take advantage and
the Blue Jays held on for the 70-60 win. Johnny Mathies led all scorers with 17
points, and Nate Funk added 14 as well for Creighton.
Both of them mainly scored from the line, as they only combined to shoot 5-20
from the floor. Coach Altman was pretty subdued at the podium as
compared to Barry Hinson earlier, realizing that the Blue Jays got rather lucky to
win. "It was a slugfest out there, and we just happened to hit enough
shots to win." They were out rebounded by 18 and shot 38%, but won the
game by forcing 20 turnovers and converting on 33 free throws.
With WSU and
UNI going down before the finals, the Valley’s only hope for 3 bids will be SMS winning and Creighton squeezing in with an at-large bid. Despite having
a lower RPI than UNI or WSU, Creighton has better non-conference wins and
has a strong record of making the Tourney in recent seasons. This is
the 5th time in the last 7 seasons that CU has made the MVC Finals.
3/06 6:47 PM cst - With 9:25 on the clock, Jamar Howard picks up his 4th
foul, a few minutes after Paul Miller picked up his 4th. This now
leaves the Shockers with 2 of their 3 leading scorers on the bench with 4
fouls. The Blue Jays have regained momentum and with a 9 point lead, are
threatening to put the game away.
3/06 6:34 PM cst - With a flurry of quick fouls, Creighton’s reliable
starting point guard Tyler McKinney gets sent to the bench with his 4th.
The Blue Jays throw the ball away on their next possession, and WSU now has
a chance to tie it up down 3 with 13:56 to go.
3/06 6:27 PM cst - The second half already has a much better flow to it,
and the points have been coming a little easier for both teams. Then again,
its hard not to improve, when both teams combined to hit only 12 field goals
in the 1st half and shot 25% and 31% respectively. Rob Kampman,
who was money yesterday in WSU’s win over Drake, just hit his first three of the
game to bring the Shockers within 7 points at the 15:54 mark.
3/06 6:02 PM cst - WSU fans serenade the refs with boos as they leave the
court at half-time. The Shockers trail 33-26, following a big three by
Creighton’s Jimmy Motz at the buzzer. Both teams have been plagued by foul
problems, and the Blue Jays were forced to go with rarely used forward
Dennis Howard for long periods of time.
3/06 5:39 PM cst - Creighton leads 21-15 with 5:58 to go in the game.
This game has been much more physical (and verbally abusive) than the
previous game, and the refs are working harder to keep everything under
control. Creighton’s Jeffrey Day picks up what seemed to be an undeserved
technical foul when going hard for a rebound and making contact with WSU’s
3/06 5:20 PM cst - After Nate Funk gets fouled on a drive to the basket,
WSU Coach Mark Turgeon gets a technical foul with his team down 13-8. It’s
almost as if Turgeon was begging for the foul in order to get his team
pumped up. After the ensuing four ft‘s, the Blue Jays take a 17-8 lead.
5:01 PM cst - “That’s one of the greatest games I’ve ever been a apart of.”
Barry Hinson seems genuinely proud of his team in the post-game conference.
Coach Hinson takes some time to politic the national media to give the MVC
three bids. SMS will have a chance to be one of those three if they win
tomorrow night’s Final. Maclin, who finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds
said simply of the second half, “We took it to ‘em.” In a losing effort,
Darren Brooks ended with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists, but got
little help from anyone else, especially in the second half. The biggest
different in the final stats was on the free throw line, where the Bears hit
27 of 31 attempts to just 8 of 10 for SIU.
3/06 4:36 PM cst - Continuing his
great play, the senior Maclin, took a big charge on a driving Darren Brooks
with 31 seconds to and the Bears holding on to a 2 point lead. Maclin, who
finished with 19 points and Kellen Easley hit their free throws down the
stretch to lock up the win. Coach Hinson, with his usual gusto, gets his
fans excited following the win prompting chants of “Barry!”
3/06 4:23 PM cst - Tamarr Maclin goes flying for a lose ball, and comes
crashing into the SMS bench. The Bears get the timeout on Maclin’s heads up
play, and regain possession down two points with 2:22 left on the clock. On
the ensuing possession, the Bears finally manage to tie it up at 59 on a
Nathan Bilyeu lay in.
3/06 4:11 PM cst - The basket has gotten very small for SIU, and shots
are just no longer falling. The Bears have come roaring back to cut it to
within two, 55-53. Tamarr Maclin appeared to get fouled, with a chance to
tie the game at the line, but the refs called an offensive foul to the ire
of the SMS faithful. Perhaps this will be the momentum switch that SIU is
now looking for.
3/06 3:59 PM cst - Things have suddenly become interesting, as the Bears
now only trail by 10 points, and 95% free throw shooter Blake Ahearn is
going to the line. The Salukis have become very complacent against the Bears
zone D, and lack the energy they had earlier in the game.
3/06 3:50 PM cst - SMS has come out of half with the right energy level,
but so far they’ve only been able to chip 3 points into their deficit to
trail 47-34 with 15 minutes to go. There’s still more than enough time for
them to make a run, and with their season on the line, you figure something
has to give.
3:22 PM cst - The half mercifully comes to an end for SMS. A late three by
Tyler Chaney gets SMS to within 16 points at the break, 42-26. About the
only thing slowing down the Salukis are themselves, as they seemed to slow
down the pace and start working the clock the last few minutes of the half.
3/06 3:07 PM cst - SIU is simply unconscious on the offensive end, as
everyone is feeling the flow. The Salukis have taken a 20 point lead, 35-15.
Jamal Tatum has been the main offensive cog for the SIU in the past 10
minutes, hitting a pair of three’s to lead all scorers with 15.
3/06 2:50 PM cst - I take a look back in the crowd and see Justin
and some of his Howell Central (MO) High teammates. Fuehrmeyer, a junior, has
committed to SMS for the 06-07 season.
3/06 2:46 PM cst - The lower bowl of the Savvis Center is charged up with
a field of maroon shirts and jerseys. SIU has jumped out to a quick 13-5
lead, behind the hot shooting of Darren Brooks. Brooks is 3 for 3 from the
floor and has 7 points. For SMS, the only thing keeping them from being
blown out of he building is the play of center Tamarr Maclin, who has 5. SIU
finally misses a shot, and picks up an offensive foul going for the board.
The Salukis have picked up 5 team fouls by the 14:30 mark which should help
SMS back into the game.
12:31 PM cst - If you're a fan of quality basketball, you have to be excited
about today's MVC semifinal match ups. SMS avenged their loss to UNI in last
year's MVC finals and now faces 25th ranked SIU in the first semifinal.
Beating UNI should give the Bears a lot of confidence for today's 2:30
game.. as will knowing they spanked SIU by 15 points in their last meeting.
Creighton, winners of 6 games in a row, has to be considered the favorite
over Wichita State in the later semifinal. Despite having a lower RPI
than Wichita State or Northern Iowa for that matter, Creighton is probably
the team most deserving of an at-large bid at this point. The
selection committee simply can't overlook road wins at Ohio State, Xavier,
Nebraska, and at Missouri. This brings up an interesting scenario..
what if SMS wins the championship? Then who makes the Big Dance?
SMS obviously, and SIU is a lock as well. But then what do you do
about UNI, Creighton, and WSU. The Shockers are the least deserving at
this point, but they still have an RPI under 40. And then what about
UNI and Creighton. Can the MVC really get 4 teams in the Tourney?
Doubtful as UNI's chances took a big blow yesterday, but lets just say the
league has created a very good problem for themselves this year.
MVC Day Two -
3/05 10:26 PM cst - Perhaps they were charged up by the ISU dance team's
electric performance, but Creighton simply came out and blitzed the Redbirds
in the second half.. the Blue Jays opened with a 20-2 run to go up 48-25,
and then cruised to a 69-52 win.. Funk ended up leading all scorers with 20
points and Jimmy Motz added 15, including some important threes during the
2nd half run.. Creighton fans were all over ISU's Trey Guidry, goading the
notoriously trigger-happy Guidry into shooting the ball.. Guidry was all
ears, as he got off 15 shots.. Illinois State's Lorenzo Gordon was eerily
quiet with just 7 points and a few rebounds..
9:35 PM cst - I thought college basketball was family entertainment?
Can't think that way anymore after watching Illinois State's dance team
perform at half time. Way to spice things up a bit..
3/05 9:28 PM cst - Illinois State has come storming back to cut their
deficit to 3 points, 28-23. Trey Guidry picked up his 2nd foul, got
sent to the bench, and this seemed to help the Redbirds turn the corner.
Creighton's Nate Funk (18 ppg) got off too a quick start, but hasn't a field
goal in over 10 minutes. He'll need to find his shots to keep
Creighton's offensive attack going strong in the 2nd half.
3/05 9:06 PM cst - After a very slow start to the game, Creighton has
taken control to go up 19-6. The Blue Jays, who shoot an amazing 42% as a
team on the season, have been getting it done on the outside tonight as
well. For Illinois State, their leading duo of Lorenzo Gordon and Trey
Guidry have been held in check thus far, with just 3 points combined after
12 minutes of action. 6-9 Creighton freshman Dane Watts looks like he’ll be
a real player to watch in the MVC for the next few seasons.
3/06 8:39 PM cst - Drake's two starting seniors Pete Eggers and Lonnie
Randolph were very complimentary of the job head coach Tom Davis has done
since taking over two seasons ago. Davis inherited a simply awful
program, and has the Bulldogs back on the rise. In Aliou Keita and
Korver, Coach Davis has two solid sophomore two ride the next two years, as
well as a solid core of freshmen who got playing time this year.
3/06 8:20 PM cst - Wichita State head coach Mark Turgeon is on the podium
right now. His team just won its 20th game of the season, and he's
very complimentary of how Drake fought hard throughout the game. The
Shockers shot 54% for the game, compared to just 26% for Drake who ended up
losing by 20, 72-52. Considering Drake only shot 26% for the game, its
amazing that they were actually in the game for the first 33 minutes or so.
3/06 7:45 PM cst - Randy Burns just hit his 3rd three of the
half, his 15th point of the game, to bring WSU up by 16 points
with 5:30 to go. Burns has been killer for the Shockers. Shortly after,
freshman PJ Couisnard goes down hard for WSU, appearing to injure his hand
or his wrist when he hit the floor. We’ll have to wait and see on his
3/06 7:13 PM cst - Finally got our first dunk of the day, a nasty alley-oop
thrown to Jamar Howard which gave the Shockers a 12 point lead. Klayton
Korver came right back for Drake and hit a big three. Korver is a carbon
copy of the NBA’s Kyle.
3/06 7:03 PM cst - WSU finished the 1st half with a flurry,
and now lead 37-29. The Shockers shot a whopping 57% from the floor in the 1st
half, including 6-11 from three. Senior Rob Kampman leads all scorers with 9
points on 3 of 4 shooting from downtown. Have to give credit where credit is
due, and credit certainly goes to the Wichita State spirit squad, who simply
showed there are heads and shoulders above all the other squads that have
appeared yet today. They simply got it done. On the flip-side, Its hard to
tell if Drake’s cheerleading squad is really just a bunch of high school
kids in disguise.
3/05 6:31 PM cst - WSU freshman Sean Ogirri checks into the game, which
is note-worthy merely because he has the hair of the tournament thus far.
3/05 6:29 PM cst - After a wonderful Savvis Center hot dog, I’ve returned
to my seat to check out game 3: #2 Wichita State vs. #7 Drake. Both of these
teams have come out of the gate shooting the ball well, as WSU is out to a
19-18 lead after 10 minutes.
3/05 5:27 PM cst. - Coach Hinson was pretty clear how he was feeling
after the game. “I’m happy,” he exclaimed and added, “I’m happy for our
fans.” Coach Hinson stressed the importance of their zone defense in
shutting down the Panthers’ offense in the second half. Hinson, who learned
to hate zone defenses from back at Oklahoma State, quipped, “I don’t even
think they can spell ‘zone’ there.” Hinson was also very complimentary of
Ben Jacobson, despite the UNI junior’s off game. “I think Ben Jacobson is an
NBA prospect,” he noted before adding, “that’s how much respect I have for
him.” On the other hand UNI head coach Greg McDermott took some time to
plead his case to the NCAA selection committee. McDermott said that his
team’s strong road play, especially their OT loss at Cincinnati shows that
they’re worthy of the field.
3/5 4:41 PM cst.. The final score
is 70-62 as SMS hits its free throws and makes all the right decisions down
the stretch.. The story for UNI is the struggles of their two leading
scorers, Ben Jacobson and Erik Crawford.. For SMS, you have to figure at the
very least, this should lock up a bid to the NIT.. For UNI, they now have to
hope that their RPI of 32 is enough to get them a bid into the NCAA
3/5 4:33 PM cst.. With 2 seconds
left on the shot clock, and SMS hanging on to just a 3 point lead, Deke
Thompson hit’s a huge three in the corner to go up 6 with under 50 seconds
to go.. Erik Crawford comes down and misses a quick three for the Panthers,
who foul on the offensive rebound forcing SMS back to the line.. Tyler
Chaney calmly knocks down a pair to bring the Bears quickly back up to an 8
3/5 4:23 PM cst.. SMS opened up a
big 10 point lead, before a momentary lapse on defense by Nathan Bilyeu
leaves Erik Crawford wide open for an easy three.. The Panthers have also
run into foul trouble of their own as Jacobson and Crawford both have 4
fouls.. The Panthers have gone away from Coleman down low, and have
struggled finding outside shots against the Bears 2-3 zone..
3/5 4:01 PM cst.. Jacobson is
still quiet, but the Bears haven’t been able to take advantage due to foul
problems.. It takes a pair of three’s by little used backup Sky Frazier and
sophomore Deke Thompson to cut it to 44-43 with 10 minutes to go.. Shortly
after, the Bears already pick up their 10th team foul at the 9:59
3/5 3:44 PM cst.. “Lets go
fight!” Coach Hinson tries to get his team pumped up, and he almost smacks
Tamarr Maclin in the face pumping his fist..
3/5 3:20 PM cst.. This has been a
real back and forth battle.. UNI heads into half with a 3 point lead.. Eric
Coleman leads the way for UNI with 10 points.. Ben Jacobson has been real
quiet, hitting just one three.. You have to figure he’ll play a big part in
the 2nd half action.. For SMS, its been a real team effort.
Freshman Tyler Chaney had 7 points, and just rimmed out a few long range
jumpers.. Watching this game you realize the future of the MVC is in good
hands.. Both of these teams are real young.. UNI doesn’t have a senior in
its starting five, and they have two great young big men in Coleman and
sophomore Grant Stout.. SMS is a bit more experienced, but have a great
future behind Chaney and Ahearn..
3/5 2:51 PM cst.. SMS is out to
an early 12-11 lead over UNI.. Blake Ahearn, who shoots 95% from the line
actually just missed one, his 5th miss from the line this season
in 85 tries.. For UNI, Eric Coleman got off a to a nice start, and has a
real nice touch for a freshman big man.. As usual, SMS coach Barry Hinson
has been subbing quite often, working in his deep bench..
3/5 2:27 PM cst.. Interesting
tone in the post-game conference with SIU coach Chris Lowery.. Basically he
knows his team is in the Big Dance, and he’s worried about his teams focus
because, “you tend to relax when people already think you’re in.” Coach
Lowery also knows that its best for the MVC to get as many teams in as
possible, but that his team will have to lose for them to get in the max..
Darren Brooks hit the 17,000 career point mark late in the 1st
half of this game, becoming just the 6th player in SIU history to
do so.. ISU’s leading scorer David Moss (16 ppg) was held to just 1 of 6
shooting in the game. Brooks, who chased Moss all game and really shut him
down, called him, “the hardest person I had to guard this season.”
3/5 1:52 PM cst.. SIU pulled away
with ease in the last few minutes to win it.. Walk-On CJ Smith came in for
the Salukis and scored his first basket of the season in the final minute..
Give ISU a lot of credit, but in the end, the clearly better team got the
3/5 1:35 PM cst.. ISU’s showing a
little spunk.. Some tough defense draws SIU into a timeout, as Darren Brooks
is surrounded by ISU freshman Gabriel Moore.. Brooks throws an elbow, and
Moore tries to get back in his face, but the refs do a good job breaking it
3/5 1:34 PM cst.. Suddenly things
have become very interesting as ISU’s scored 7 points in a row to cut it to
49-44.. The Salukis haven’t scored in about 5 minutes now..
3/5 1:28 PM cst.. Give isu a lot
of credit for keeping it relatively close.. For a few minutes early in the 2nd
half, it looked like SIU would blow them away, but with 8 minutes to go in
the game, the Sycamores are only down 12 points.. ISU’s hopes for the rest
of the game lies in their outside shooting.. Sophomore starter Eric Gray
seems to be finding his range in the 2nd half..
3/5 12:55 PM cst.. It’s basically
a home game for SIU, as Saluki fans outnumber ISU fans about 20 to 1.. The
crowd was pretty quiet early on as ISU was able to hang tight for most of
the 1st half due to sloppy by siu and some help from the refs..
SIU had packed up 6 fouls to 0 for ISU 10 minutes into the game.. But a
quick 10-0 run late in the half created some separation.. Jamal Tatum hit a
pair of three’s in the run and finished with 8 in the half.. MVC player of
the year Darren Brooks added his usual quiet 10 points.. For isu, they had
there best success going to senior big man Amani Daanish, who finished with
7 points, but had easy chances for more.. Side notes: ISU’s saxophone showed
some good solo skills prior to the game.. Kind of embarrassing moment for
the Sycamores dance team at the half as their music wouldn’t start..
3/05 - 10:10 AM cst - Getting
ready to head the arena to pick up my credential.. and get some lunch.
As expected, Drake ended up cruising to a victory over Evansville in the
7-10 game last night. This sets up four awesome games today, beginning
with #1 seed (and 25th ranked) Southern Illinois facing Indiana State at
noon. Alright, this game isn't awesome, as the Salukis should roll, but the
other three match ups are exciting. #5 SMS faces #3 Northern Iowa at
3:30. UNI beat the Bears twice already this season, but after their
last loss to UNI, SMS has turned around their season and won 10 of 13 games.
There is certainly a chance for an upset here, but the Panthers simply can't
afford to lose if they want to make the Tourney. Unlike SMS, Illinois
State took a nose-dive late in the season, dropping 6 of their last 7 games.
MVC newcomer of the year Lorenzo Gordon needs to have a big game (20+
points) if they expect to upset #4 seeded Creighton. Finally you have
last night's big winner Drake taking on the #2 seed Wichita State.
Like Illinois State, the Shockers come into this game struggling, having
lost 5 of 6 and their last 4 away from home. Drake has a great chance
at an upset, a good chance of avenging last season's conference tournament
loss to WSU where they fell 63-57. The Bulldogs actually led that game
at the half, and I expect this game to be equally as competitive.
3/04 - 9 PM cst - I'll be covering
all the game live beginning on Saturday. The first game of the MVC
Tournament has already been completed with Indiana St edging Bradley in the
8-9 Game. From the sound of things, it's already a great start to the
tournament, with ISU overcoming a 22-point 1st half deficit to win 63-61.
Amazingly, this was ISU's 1st win ALL season away from home, as they came in
with a combined 0-15 record away and at neutral sites. Drake, who came
into the tournament having won four games in a row, is currently beating the
10th seed Evansville 28-17 with 7 minutes to go in the half.
Valley Conference Tournament Bracket
Friday, March 4 -- Session I
Game 1 -- #8 Bradley (13-14, 6-12) vs. #9
Indiana State (10-19, 5-13), 6 p.m.
Game 2 -- #7 Drake (12-15, 7-11) vs. #10
Evansville (11-16, 5-13), 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 -- Session II
Game 3 -- #1 Southern Illinois (25-6, 15-3) vs.
Winner Game 1, noon (FSN Midwest, Comcast, Fox College Sports) (Sirius
Game 4 -- #4 UNI (21-9, 11-7) vs. #5 SMS (16-11,
10-8), 2:30 p.m. (FSN Midwest, Comcast, FCS) (Sirius Satellite 135)
Saturday, March 5 -- Session III
Game 5 -- #2 Wichita State (19-8, 12-6) vs.
Winner of Game 2, 6 p.m. (FSN Midwest, Comcast, FCS) (Sirius Satellite 135)
Game 6 -- #3 Creighton (20-10, 11-7) vs. #6 Illinois
State (17-12, 8-10), 8:30 p.m. (FSN Midwest, Comcast, FCS) (Sirius Satellite
Sunday, March 6 -- Session IV
Game 7 -- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 2:30 p.m. (FSN Midwest, Comcast,
FCS) (Sirius Satellite 126)
Game 8 -- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 5 p.m. (FSN Midwest, Comcast,
FCS) (Sirius Satellite 126)
Monday, March 7 -- Session V
Championship -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 8 p.m. (ESPN) (Sirius
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