The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament kicks off Thursday when the 8-seed Indiana St. Sycamores take on the 9-seed Southern Illinois Salukis for the right to play the top-seeded Wichita St. Shockers.
Indiana State finished one game behind the five-way tie for third-place in the MVC, resulting in a play-in game matchup with Southern Illinois on Thursday. After a rough start to the conference schedule, the Sycamores began to hit their stride, though a loss to last-place Bradley looms large and kept them from a first-round bye in this weekend's tournament. It's an uphill battle for Indiana State, and it all begins on Wednesday in St. Louis.
Southern Illinois was never in the MVC race, finishing the season with a 5-13 conference record and an 8-22 mark overall. The wins have been few and far between, and the Salukis haven't notched a victory since Feb. 4, when they beat Evansville at home. It's been a rough road all year, resulting in a ninth-place finish in a conference that was quite balanced, all things considered.
The teams split their regular season matchups, each winning at home.
Location: Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO
Time: 7:05 p.m. EST
TV: FSN-MW, IN, KC, CSN-CHI
Odds: Indiana State by 5.5
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