03 March 2015

2015 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Predictions

With the 25th anniversary of Arch Madness kicking off this Thursday on St. Louis, all observers are hoping for a matchup of the two top teams by far in the conference, Northern Iowa and defending champion Wichita State matching up in the championship game this Sunday on CBS. But as we have learned over the years, the action is always unpredictable in St. Louis for this tournament, and we know that all eight other programs will be gunning for that auto-bid. That's why they call it Arch Madness, right?

Here are my predictions for the 2015 Missouri Valley Tournament.

All games held at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. 

First Round - Thursday, March 5th
8 Missouri State vs. 9 Southern Illinois - MVC TV, 7:00
Pick: Southern Illinois

7 Drake vs. 10 Bradley - MVC TV, 9:30
Pick: Bradley

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 6th
1 Wichita State vs. 9 Southern Illinois - MVC TV, 1:00
Pick: Wichita State

4 Illinois State vs. 5 Evansville - MVC TV, 3:30
Pick: Illinois State

2 Northern Iowa vs. 10 Bradley - MVC TV, 7:00
Pick: Northern Iowa

3 Indiana State vs. 6 Loyola (IL) - MVC TV, 9:30
Pick: Loyola (IL)

Semifinals - Saturday, March 7th
1 Wichita State vs. 4 Illinois State - MVC TV, 2:30
Pick: Wichita State

2 Northern Iowa vs. 6 Loyola (IL) - MVC TV, 5:30
Pick: Northern Iowa

Championship - Sunday, March 8th
1 Wichita State vs. 2 Northern Iowa - CBS, 2:00
Not exactly stepping out on a limb but let's be frank, it would be a real upset if this was not the Arch Madness title game. These two split their regular season matchups and as both have top ten scoring defenses in the country, this will be a tight contest. If this game is a grinder, I think that favors the Panthers.
Pick: Northern Iowa

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