Big changes prove chaos is king in Missouri Valley Basketball
A week of transition proved that at the Missouri Valley Basketball Conference, chaos is king. Just when it looked like Loyola Chicago was back in the valley driver’s seat, Northern Iowa climbed into first place. Drew Valentine is trying to find the right roster rotation and Dan Muller was fired at Illinois State. During this week’s Missouri Valley Monday, we examine these three emerging issues.
After Loyola defeated Northern Iowa last Sunday, the Ramblers stood atop the league with a 10-3 record. Drake had lost back-to-back games and was seemingly out of contention and with Missouri State facing North Iowa yesterday, the Ramblers seemed in control.
Every time we think Drake’s team is out of gas, they score a huge victory and revamp the landscape of the valley. On Saturday, the Bulldogs entered Loyola’s Gentile Arena and handed the Ramblers (20-6, 11-4) their second home loss of the season.
Drake’s (19-9, 10-5) coach Darian DeVries and his shorthanded Bulldogs proved they were too tough to score and proved that in the Missouri Valley Conference, chaos is king.
Just like we thought Missouri State had it all together, they went to northern Iowa and allowed 95 points and gave up a 20-point decision to the Panthers. UNI (16-12, 12-4) have won seven of their last eight games and hold a half game lead over defending champions Ramblers.
MSU (20-9, 11-5) fell to a tie in third place with Drake.