The Wichita State Shockers and the Creighton Bluejays are likely already in the NCAA tournament, but they can solidify their standing as at-large teams and improve their seeding considerably with wins on Saturday. The top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference won in the tournament quarterfinals on Friday, though they did it in completely different circumstances.
Wichita State defeated Indiana State convincingly, while Creighton struggled with Drake. Both teams will be up against better teams in the semifinals, and if regular season results are any indication, both games should be reasonably close.
Creighton face the Evansville Aces, who beat the Missouri State Bears to make the semifinals. Creighton lost away to Evansville in the regular season and just barely held on for an overtime win over the Aces in Omaha. Wichita State faces the Illinois State Redbirds, who they beat twice in the regular season. However, the Redbirds lost by just three points in Wichita.
Here is the schedule for Saturday. A full bracket can be found here.
Schedule (Games on ESPN3, FSN-MW, IN, KC, CSN-CHI)
No. 1 Wichita State vs. No. 4 Illinois State - 2:35 p.m. ET
No. 2 Creighton vs. No. 3 Evansville - 5:00 p.m. ET