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Missouri Valley Championship Game 2011 Final Preview

The Missouri Valley Conference Championship Game, the concluding action of this weekend's Arch Madness MVC basketball tournament, will feature Missouri State as expected, but Indiana State's startling upset of Wichita State in the semi-finals leaves the MVC Tournament bracket with plenty of intrigue as the schedule winds down. Number-one ranked Missouri State will look to join Northern Iowa among recent regular season/tournament dual champions Sunday night on CBS. 

Wichita State found itself unable to handle center Myles Walker in a low-scoring affair that saw the teams shoot well below 40% from the field. J.T. Durley's 18 points and 11 rebounds weren't enough when the team's other four starters combined to score six points and shoot 2-19 from the field. 

Indiana State will meet a Missouri State team that's coming off a similar slog. Missouri State got their only efficient evening from Jermaine Mallett, who picked up 18 points and 11 rebounds, including six offensive boards; they dealt with a 1-6 night from center Will Creekmore and got just two points from their abbreviated bench. Kyle Weems was dominant on defense, picking up four blocks and four steals. 

Neither team looked good in their MVC tournament-capping wins; winning the championship game will be a matter of pulling out of that offensive tailspin first.