March 4, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Creighton Bluejays guard Grant Gibbs (10) celebrates after hitting a three pointer against the Illinois State Redbirds during the second half of the finals in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center. Creighton defeated Illinois State in overtime 83-79. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Missouri Valley Tournament 2012: Illinois State Falls Short, Creighton Wins Title In Overtime

Illinois State's upset bid fell short as Creighton came on strong in overtime to win the MVC Championship.

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Illinois State Vs. Creighton Score: Redbirds On Way To An Upset At Halftime Of MVC Championship

The Illinois State Redbirds weren't supposed to challenge the Creighton Bluejays too much in the MVC championship game on Sunday afternoon, but they're doing their best to earn a guaranteed berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Redbirds trailed 27-16 with less than seven minutes left in the first half, but went on a big run to take a 31-30 halftime lead.

The Redbirds are led by junior guard Tyler Brown, who had eight points and a key three-pointer with nine seconds left in the half that gave Illinois State the halftime lead. Jackie Carmichael contributed seven points and five rebounds in the first half.

As far as the Bluejays are concerned, sophomore standout Doug McDermott had a great first half with 12 points and three rebounds, but his teammates weren't enough help in the first half. Grant Gibbs scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds, though, so at least he's doing his part.

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Wichita State Vs. Illinois State Final Score: Shockers Upset In MVC Tournament Semifinals

The No. 1 seed Wichita State Shockers were upset on Saturday in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Redbirds of Illinois State pulled off the 65-64 upset at Arch Madness, sending the No. 14-ranked team in the country home early. The Shockers have already locked up an at-large berth, but Illinois State is still fighting for its tournament life and an automatic berth to the dance.

With Selection Sunday a week away, read more here on SB Nation's bracketology projections.

ISU pulled off the upset with their work on the defensive end, holding the Shockers to just 35 percent from the floor and forcing 14 turnovers. On the offensive end it was Tyler Brown, who went off for 25 points, including a pair of free-throws with seven seconds left that clinched the win. Along with Brown, Jackie Carmichael posted a double-double, working the paint to grab 11 boards and add 12 points.

The Shockers had a chance to win it but a Garrett Stutz shot at the buzzer was on line but short, hitting the front of the rim and sending Tim Jankovich's club through to the semifinals. Illinois State will now face the winner of the Evansville vs. Creighton game in tomorrow's MVC title game at 1:00 pm on CBS.


Missouri Valley Tournament 2012: Bracket And Schedule For Day 2 Includes 4 Games

The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament got underway on Thursday evening with a pair of games, but the real MVC action will begin on Friday afternoon. Four games are scheduled to be played to begin the weekend, as the conference looks to determine who will get its automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

The first game on Friday will feature top-seeded Wichita State, ranked as the No. 15 team in the nation. The Shockers will take on the Indiana State Sycamores in a game scheduled to be played at 1:05 p.m. ET. The winner of that game will then play the winner of the following game, a tilt featuring the Illinois State Redbirds and Northern Iowa Panthers.

On the other side of the bracket, the No. 25 Creighton Blue Jays will try to defeat the Drake Bulldogs in a 2-7 matchup. The nightcap will feature the Evansville Aces and Missouri State Bears in a game scheduled for 9:35 p.m. ET.


Wichita State and Creighton are obviously the tournament favorites as they both brought Top 25 rankings into the tournament, but "Arch Madness" is a lot like March Madness -- anything can happen.

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