The 2012 Missouri Valley Conference tournament has advanced to the semifinal round, and the No. 4 seed Illinois St. Redbirds face a difficult matchup against the top-seeded Wichita St. Shockers in the first matchup on Saturday afternoon. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the other semifinal matchup between the second-seeded Creighton Bluejays and the No. 3 seed Evansville Aces.
Illinois State still has a shot at the NCAA Tournament after a 54-42 victory over Northern Iowa Panthers in the quarterfinal round on Friday. Jackie Carmichael led the Redbirds with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Shockers cruised to a 72-48 win over the Indiana St. Sycamores thanks to 14 points and four assists from Toure Murry and 14 points on 6-8 shooting and five assists from Joe Ragland.
Here is a look at the semifinal matchup:
Game Time, Date: 1:35 pm CT, Saturday, March 3, 2012
Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
TV: MVC TV Network