05 March 2013

2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Predictions

Legitimate question, how can anybody hate Arch Madness? I think it is not possible and therefore it is good news that the 2013 Missouri Valley Tournament kicks off from St. Louis this Thursday night. The MVC is not as strong as in recent years and will in all likelihood end up as a two-bid league, with the favorites being Creighton, who is led by the sensational Doug McDermott, and Wichita State. But we seemingly always have somebody come out of nowhere in this tournament, could it happen again? Here are my predictions for Arch Madness 2013.

1st Round - March 7
#8 Bradley vs. #9 Drake (MVC Network, 7:00)
Pick: Bradley

#7 Missouri State vs. #10 Southern Illinois (MVC Network, 9:30)
Pick: Southern Illinois

Quarterfinals - March 8
#1 Creighton vs. #8 Bradley (MVC Network, 1:00)
Pick: Creighton

#4 Evansville vs. #5 Indiana State (MVC Network, 3:30)
Pick: Evansville

#2 Wichita State vs. #10 Southern Illinois (MVC Network, 7:00)
Pick: Wichita State

#3 Northern Iowa vs. #6 Illinois State (MVC Network, 9:30)
Pick: Illinois State

Semifinals - March 9
#1 Creighton vs. #4 Evansville (MVC Network, 2:30)
Evansville is not awful, but they have nothing for McDermott.
Pick: Creighton

#2 Wichita State vs. #6 Illinois State (MVC Network, 5:00)
This is a good Wichita State club that plays terrific defense, but I am feeling a big upset here. The Redbirds are pretty inconsistent but they can be a tough out if their offense is playing at their capability.
Pick: Illinois State

Final - March 10
#1 Creighton vs. #6 Illinois State (CBS, 2:00)
Illinois State's Cinderella run will come to an end here as McDermott will go off for the second year in a row to seal the Jays' tournament berth.
Pick: Creighton

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