Debuting in the dog pound
January, 25, 2006
For years I've been praising and defending Missouri Valley Conference teams in Bracketology. They have generally rewarded that stance with notable nonconference and NCAA Tournament victories. But until Tuesday night, I had never seen an actual MVC league game in person. The game itself -- Southern Illinois 62, Creighton 48 -- offered little out of the ordinary. It was a defensive struggle between two intense teams whose fans have made this perhaps the least-known great rivalry in the Midwest.