Category Archives: Missouri Valley

RECAP: Tony Wills, Illinois State defeat Southern Illinois, finish unbeaten at home

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

NORMAL, Ill. — Paris Lee made it clear on Sunday: He was not losing on Senior Night.

“I love our fans. They come out and support us and show us love,” said the Illinois State senior from Maywood, Illinois. “I can’t lose on Senior Night.”

The Redbirds, in a defensive struggle, finished the regular season a perfect 15-0 at home by defeating Southern Illinois, 50-46. Senior Tony Wills netted 16 points while sophomore Phil Fayne recorded his third career double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

“[We] had big plays down the stretch, again,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller, who captured his 100th career win in the process. “Our defensive numbers were great. It’s pretty cool to be a part of the first team to go undefeated in Redbird Arena history.”

The Redbirds were as red hot as their uniforms at the start. Wills nailed back-to-back three-pointers to light a fire. Continue reading RECAP: Tony Wills, Illinois State defeat Southern Illinois, finish unbeaten at home

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

RECAP: #25 Wichita State obliterates Evansville, extends win streak to 11 games

Photo courtesy of Tony Adame/The Wichita Eagle.
WICHITA, Kan. — They’re back and the whole Missouri Valley Conference is watching.

One day after being ranked in the Coaches’ Poll for a fifth consecutive season, the Wichita State Shockers extended their winning streak to 11 games defeating Evansville, 109-83. Shaq Morris’ 18 points led six Shockers who scored in double-figures.

“Obviously it’s a big night,” said Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall. “I don’t know if we have ever scored 109 against a defense that good. I don’t know if we have scored 109 period.”

Evansville led for 69 seconds. The Purple Aces had leads at 4-2 and 7-5 during the opening three minutes.

Wichita State recovered quickly, reeling off 12 unanswered. Landry Shamet nailed back-to-back triples following the first media timeout to surge the charge. Continue reading RECAP: #25 Wichita State obliterates Evansville, extends win streak to 11 games

RECAP: Illinois State survives Loyola, 65-63

Photo courtesy of David Proeber & The Pantagraph.

NORMAL, Ill. — 11 days.

Arch Madness, also known as the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, is just 11 days away, but before the action heads to St. Louis, Illinois State and Loyola had business to settle at Redbird Arena. 

And, the action did not disappoint.

Concluding the season series between two of Illinois’ best, the Redbirds fended off the pesky Ramblers, 65-63. A pair of Deontae Hawkins free throws gave Illinois State the lead prior to Ben Richardson’s half court heave rimming out at the horn.

“I feel lucky that we won, to be honest,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller. “Obviously, one inch or another and we don’t win.

“We got to start playing better.”

A sea of 8,052 was rocking from the tip. Surged by six from senior Deontae Hawkins, Illinois State flew out to an 8-2 lead.

The Ramblers came racing back, sprinting on a 12-6 mini-run. Three free throws from Donte Ingram tied the contest at 14 with 10:24 remaining.  Continue reading RECAP: Illinois State survives Loyola, 65-63

Missouri State guard Ronnie Rousseau III to step away from basketball

Ronnie Rousseau III (middle) has been away from the Missouri State men's basketball team since January 7th due to personal reasons. (Header: Missouri State Bears)
Ronnie Rousseau III (middle) has been away from the Missouri State men’s basketball team since January 7th due to personal reasons. (Header: Missouri State Bears)

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Ever since his arrival on campus, Ronnie Rousseau III had been a big piece of the rotation for the Missouri State Bears in 2016-17.

He transferred to the Bears from State Fair Community College, where he averaged 23.2 points per game as a sophomore, earning him NCJAA Division I Second Team All-American honours in the process. Along with the likes of Alize Johnson, the Bears landed some talented jUCO transfers for this season.

Back on January 4th, it was announced that Rousseau III wouldn’t play in the Bears’ game against the Illinois State Redbirds due to an ankle injury. Three days later, Rousseau III left the team due to personal reasons, and returned to Cincinnati, OH to be with his family.

After a three-week absence from the team, it was announced on Monday that Rousseau III was stepping away from the game of basketball. Continue reading Missouri State guard Ronnie Rousseau III to step away from basketball

RECAP: Illinois State cruises past Evansville, starts MVC play 10-0

Photo courtesy of Denny Simmons, Evansville Courier & Press.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — From Missouri State to Wichita State, the Illinois State Redbirds have passed every test Missouri Valley Conference play has thrown at them.

But, there are no “gimmes” in “The Valley.”

Thanks to a dominant second-half from senior Deontae Hawkins, Illinois State, without MiKyle McIntosh, subdued Evansville, 69-59. The win flew the Redbirds to 10-0 in conference play, their best MVC start in school history.

“It was a really gritty win by our guys. [We were] short-handed [and] in foul trouble. Our defense was really solid tonight,” Illinois State head coach Dan Muller said. “I’m really proud of our guys.” Continue reading RECAP: Illinois State cruises past Evansville, starts MVC play 10-0