In two games against Wichita State, Missouri State had been defeated by 18 and 19 points, respectively.
Today was another verse to the same song.
The Bears (17-16, 7-11), held to 37.9 percent from the floor, were eliminated from Arch Madness, 78-63. The Shockers (29-4, 17-1) will play top-seeded Illinois State Sunday for a chance to etch their name into the NCAA Tournament field of 68.
And, the final chapter ends with #21 (AP) Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament.
Now they are one step closer to etching their name into the field of 68.
Despite shooting 37.1 percent, the Shockers (28-4, 17-1) thumped Bradley (13-20, 7-11), 82-56. The only fireworks came at the expense of hard fouls and a mid-court yelling match between head coaches Gregg Marshall and Brian Wardle.
“If we win this tournament, your name is in the NCAA Tournament,” Shamet said. “I would be nice to win the thing and know that we will be in the tournament. That’s kind of our mindset: We don’t want to leave it up to chance.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Dequon Miller was determined to leave JQH Arena with one final win.
Over the course of 40 minutes, he did all he could.
Miller’s performance of 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists was not enough as No. 25 Wichita State defeated Missouri State, 86-67. The victory was the Shockers’ 17th Missouri Valley Conference win and clinched at least a co-share of the regular season championship.
“I thought everyone’s effort was there tonight. I thought we fought hard,” Miller said to Jim Connell of Springfield News-Leader. “I thought everybody played amazing tonight and our run is coming at Arch Madness.”
NORMAL, Ill. — The Birds in red have done it again.
In a matchup of Missouri Valley Conference unbeatens, Illinois State defeated Wichita State, 76-62. A combined 21 points off the bench flew the Redbirds ahead of the relentless Shockers in front of a crowd of 9,078.
“I’m really happy for our team. We continue to guard at a high level,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller. “A lot of guys stepped up and made plays offensively. I thought we had a couple things that we hurt them with. In the end, guys made shots.”