Are Creighton and Wichita State Hurting the Missouri Valley’s Chances of NCAA Bids?
Despite another big game from All-American candidate Doug McDermott, the Creighton Blue Jays lost to the Illinois State Redbirds. McDermott may not have been the best player on the court Saturday night as the Redbirds Tyler Brown dropped 27 points.
With this being the 2nd straight game that they Blue Jays have lost this week, could it be possible that with Creighton struggling and the Wichita State Shockers also having their issues as of late, they could be hurting the league when it comes to selection Sunday?
Indiana State has beaten both teams, and at the time those two victories looked as if they were key wins for the Shockers. After that, however, they dropped three straight and the Blue Jays two. With them both falling out of the rankings, could it show that maybe the Missouri Valley isn’t deserving of three, or even two, at-large bids?
Conversely, you could say that the league is now better because more teams are winning. Although I think that the league will still get two teams in the NCAA tournament, it’s hard to say whether it will be Indiana State or Wichita State (I think Creighton is already a lock).
Right now, if it was Selection Sunday, I have a feeling that they would go with Indiana State. The shockers have been playing the best of late. For now, however, these three teams have to take care of their business and keep winning in conference play.
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