Quick Previews: Missouri Valley Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

The Missouri Valley proved once again last year why they are one of, if not the best mid-major conference in the country. And you could say the conference was down a little bit, too. Wichita State just got into the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Vanderbilt in the First Four and then defeated Arizona, before falling to Miami in the Round of 32. And who can forget UNI? The Panthers got into the tournament by a Wes Washpun game-winner in the MVC title game, they beat Texas on a Paul Jesperson half court buzzer beater and looked liked they were going to the Sweet 16 before a monumental last minute collapse against Texas A&M. So even in a down year, the conference was a force in March. This season will see a lot of new faces in The Valley, as Wichita State lost the faces of their program in Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet. They’ll still be the top dogs in the league, though, with guys like Connor Frankamp, Markis McDuffie, Peyton Allen, Zach Brown, Shaq Morris and more. UNI lost Washpun and Jesperson, as well as Matt Bohanon. The Panthers do return Jeremy Morgan, Bennett Koch and Klint Carlson, who broke out for UNI in March. The other contender is Illinois State, who returns 4 starters from last year’s team that went 12-6 in conference play. In a league of inexperience, those veterans could end Wichita State’s reign. If you’re going to look outside the top 3, Missouri State is a dark horse as they also return 4 starters from last season.

MVC Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Wichita State: 26-9 (16-2)

2. Northern Iowa: 23-13 (11-7)

3. Illinois State: 18-14 (12-6)

4. Missouri State: 13-19 (8-10)

5. Indiana State: 15-17 (8-10)

6. Loyola: 15-17 (7-11)

7. Evansville: 25-9 (12-6)

8. Southern Illinois: 22-10 (11-7)

9. Bradley: 5-27 (3-15)

10. Drake: 7-24 (2-16)

First Team All-MVC

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Jeremy Morgan, UNI (11.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Markis McDuffie, Wichita State (7.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG)

Brenton Scott, Indiana State (14.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG)

Paris Lee, Illinois State (11.1 PPG, 2.3 APG)

Reed Timmer, Drake (16.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Wichita State


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