01 March 2016

2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Predictions

Who doesn't love us some Arch Madness? The Missouri Valley Tournament is always a fun one and this year's edition hopefully will be similar, even as the Shockers of Wichita State are favored once again. Of course that was the case last year and Wichita State got upset in the semifinals by Illinois State, who in turn lost to Northern Iowa in the championship.

What will Arch Madness 2016 have in store for us? Here are my predictions.

First Round - Thursday, March 3rd
8 Loyola-Chicago vs. 9 Bradley - St. Louis - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Loyola-Chicago

7 Missouri State vs. 10 Drake - St. Louis - ESPN3, 9:30
Pick: Missouri State

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 4th
1 Wichita State vs. 8 Loyola-Chicago - St. Louis - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: Wichita State

4 Northern Iowa vs. 5 Southern Illinois - St. Louis - ESPN3, 3:30
Pick: Northern Iowa

2 Evansville vs. 7 Missouri State - St. Louis - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Evansville

3 Illinois State vs. 6 Indiana State - St. Louis - ESPN3, 9:30
Pick: Indiana State

Semifinals - Saturday, March 5th
1 Wichita State vs. 4 Northern Iowa - St. Louis - CBS Sports Network, 2:30
The Shockers blew out UNI in Cedar Falls but when the Panthers got hot down the stretch, they were able to win in Omaha. I think we could see a similar result yet again.
Pick: Northern Iowa

2 Evansville vs. 6 Indiana State - St. Louis - CBSSN, 5:00
Pick: Evansville

Championship - Sunday, March 6th
2 Evansville vs. 4 Northern Iowa - St. Louis - CBS, 2:00
The Panthers were able to sweep Evansville this season and their suffocating defense will be the difference yet again, this time to secure a bid to the NCAA's.
Pick: Northern Iowa

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