2013 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament schedule and bracket: Creighton, Wichita St. start tournament play

Eric Francis

Arch Madness kicks into high gear on Friday as the top four teams play their first games.

The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, aka "Arch Madness," has consistently been one of the most exciting and chaotic conference tournaments in the nation, and this year promises to be no different. After a brief two-game appetizer on Thursday, we dive right into the main course Friday with the top four teams kicking off, including Creighton and Wichita State, the two big favorites.

The Bluejays and Shockers are in good position for at-large bids in the NCAA tournament, but they'll need to hold off teams like Northern Iowa, Evansville, and Indiana State, all of whom are perfectly capable of stealing that automatic bid. The only thing to expect in the MVC is the unexpected. Buckle up.

Here's the complete schedule and TV times for Friday (all times Eastern):

No. 1 Creighton Bluejays vs. No. 9 Drake Bulldogs: 1 p.m. ET, MVC TV & ESPN3

No. 4 Evansville Aces vs. No. 5 Indiana State Sycamores: 3:30 p.m. ET, MVC TV & ESPN3

No. 2 Wichita State Shockers vs. No. 7 Missouri State Bears: 7 p.m. ET, MVC TV & ESPN3

No. 3 Northern Iowa Panthers vs. No. 6 Illinois State Redbirds: 9:30 p.m. ET, MVC TV & ESPN3

You can check out the complete, updated bracket on the official website here.

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