Big 12 Tournament: Mizzou Knocked Off 86-71 Vs. Texas A&M

Indiana State upsets the top-seeded Missouri State Bears at Arch Madness to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001.

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Missouri Vs. Texas A&M Final: A&M Scores 86, Denmon's 22 Not Enough

Junior guard Marcus Denmon’s 22-point night wasn’t enough for Missouri to advance past the second round of the Big 12 Tournament Friday, as the Tigers lost to a strong-looking Texas A&M squad by a score of 86-71. A 46-33 first-half was all it took for the Aggies, whose overtime victory over the Tigers in January was one of the first chinks in Mizzou’s armor. Relentless efficiency was the order of the day—A&M shot .578 from the field, was 8-16 from behind the three-point line, and made 26 free throws in 34 attempts.

Missouri, meanwhile, had trouble scoring all night. Past Denmon the team hit just 13 of 45 shots and was 0-10 from three-point range. It was a rough end to the Big 12 Tournament for a team that had been ranked as high as ninth in the top 25 before falling out of the national conversation in the last weeks of the season.

Prior to tonight’s loss, the team had been hovering around the eighth seed in most Bracketology reports.

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Big 12 Tournament: Missouri Vs. Texas A&M Next Stop On Bracket

The Big 12 quarterfinals will wrap up Thursday with the Missouri Tigers taking on Texas A&M in a matchup that pits one of the highest-scoring teams in the country with one of the lowest. A&M won the last matchup in overtime, by a score of 91-89 against a Mizzou team that was ranked 12th. Missouri is coming off an 88-84 win against Texas Tech in which they couldn’t quite pull away; A&M beat Tech in their last regular-season game of the season, winning 66-54. Those two scores are all that needs be said about the teams’ respective tempos; find them on your TV schedule shortly after a Sportscenter rerun—the tip-off is 8:30 on ESPN2.

A&M’s victory over Missouri was at the peak of Big 12 influence for both teams. It was Texas A&M’s 13th consecutive win, but they’d drop their next game by 21 points to Texas and finished the season on a 7-6 run. Missouri was 15-2 when they ran into A&M; they’d go 7-7 to close the season, dropping out of the top 25 after peaking at nine in the new year.

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Indiana State Upsets Missouri State, Wins Missouri Valley Tournament

Indiana State University earned its first NCAA Tournament bid in 10 years Sunday afternoon, topping the number-one seeded Missouri State in St. Louis by a score of 60-56 to win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The loss makes Missouri State longshots to appear in the tournament, and leaves Indiana State, the MVC’s new representatives, just the fourth team in the country to win an automatic bid so far. Kyle Weems was just 3-16 from the field in the Bears’ ugly loss.

Indiana State, the third seed in the tournament with a conference record of 12-6, won a narrow victory over sixth-seeded Evansville before upsetting Wichita State in the semi-finals. MSU shot just 18-59 from the field in their loss, falling despite taking 15 field goal attempts more than the Sycamores. Aaron Carter led Indiana State with 15 points on 3-5 shooting, including two three pointers and seven free throws in nine attempts.

Missouri State’s regular season championship victory was their first; they haven’t won the tournament since 1992, when they lost a first round NCAA Tournament contest with Michigan State. Their last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 1999, when they reached the Sweet 16 in Steve Alford’s last season as coach.

The Sycamores reached the tournament twice in a row in 2000 and 2001, their only appearances since Larry Bird took them to the National Championship game in 1979.

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Missouri Valley Tournament 2011: TV Schedule And Game Times For Today's Match Ups

The MVC basketball tournament begins today at Scottrade Center, and those of you with Missouri Valley Conference brackets on your cubicle wall (hello, SIU-attending siblings and Missouri State-based readers) probably already have the TV schedule memorized. Those of you who are into the whole Arch Madness thing, primarily, will find an MVC tournament bracket here and a schedule below. 

Thursday kicks off with Southern Illinois and Illinois State at 6:05 PM on the MVC TV Network, which includes Fox Sports Midwest—in St. Louis Blues territory, namely St. Louis, that will be on FSN Midwest's secondary stations. Drake and Bradley will follow at 8:35, unless SIU and ISU get into a multi-overtime game for the ages, in which case I suggest waiting for further reports on this storystream. 

Friday is the big day, though—FSN Midwest will air four games, starting with number-one-seeded Missouri State against the winner of that multi-overtime game for the ages at 12:05. Northern Iowa and Creighton go on at 2:35, with Wichita State and the winner of Drake-Bradley playing at 6:05 and Indiana State (still without Larry Bird) and Evansville concluding the slate at 8:35. Barring any capricious rescheduling by the St. Louis Blues those will all play live on The Real Fox Sports Midwest. 

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