MVC Tournament 2013 bracket: Creighton leads congested field

Eric Francis

Doug McDermott and Creighton lead the field to St. Louis for the MVC tournament.

The Creighton Bluejays clinched an outright Missouri Valley Conference championship with a 91-80 win over the second-place Wichita State Shockers on Saturday, and the Bluejays will hope to ride that momentum into the MVC tournament.

Both Creighton and the Shockers received first-round byes in the tournament, and they sit on opposite sides of the bracket, setting up a potential rematch in the final that would break a split of the season series. Both teams ended the regular season with an overall record of 24-7.

The MVC's field is jammed tight when looking at conference record. No. 1 Creighton was only three games better than the No. 4 Evansville Purple Aces.

Thursday, March 7 - First Round

7:05 p.m. ET: No. 8 Bradley vs. No. 9 Drake (Game 1) - MVC TV Network
9:35 p.m. ET: No. 7 Missouri State vs. No. 10 Southern Illinois (Game 2) - MVC TV Network

Friday, March 8 - Second Round

1:05 p.m. ET: Game 1 Winner vs. No. 1 Creighton (Game 3) - MVC TV Network
3:35 p.m. ET: No. 4 Evansville vs. No. 5 Indiana State (Game 4) - MVC TV Network
7:05 p.m. ET: Game 2 Winner vs. No. 2 Wichita State (Game 5) - MVC TV Network
9:35 p.m. ET: No. 3 Northern Iowa vs. No. 6 Illinois State (Game 6) - MVC TV Network

Saturday, March 9 - Semifinals

2:35 p.m. ET: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (Game 7) - MVC TV Network
5:05 p.m. ET: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner (Game 8) - MVC TV Network

Sunday, March 10 - Championship Game

2:05 p.m ET: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner - CBS

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