The Indiana State Sycamores go into the 2012 MVC Baseball Tournament as the top-seeded squad, but they'll have to face off against Creighton Tuesday at 12:30 if they're going to get a shot at the No. 2 Missouri State Bears. The official bracket is available here; here's a look at Tuesday's Missouri Valley Conference contests at Hammons Field, home of the St. Louis Cardinals' AA affiliate:
No. 4 Illinois State Redbirds vs. No. 5 Evansville Purple Aces. The 31-17 Redbirds face the 31-25 Purple Aces, who finished 10-11 in the MVC, at 9 AM.
No. 1 Indiana State Sycamores vs. No. 8 Creighton Bluejays. The Bluejays, 6-14 in-conference and 22-28 overall, are serious underdogs against the 14-7, 41-15 Sycamores, but baseball's a great sport to be an underdog in for one game. They'll square off at 12:30 PM.
No. 3 Wichita State Shockers vs. No. 6 Southern Illinois Salukis. Two of the Missouri Valley Conference's most successful basketball teams come into the 2012 MVC Baseball Tournament as mid-level squads. The 35-23 (12-9) Shockers will get the SIU Salukis, 28-27 (9-12), at 4 PM.
No. 2 Missouri State Bears vs. No. 7 Bradley Braves. The MVC's preseason No. 1, 37-18 (13-7), gets the 26-25 (8-13) Bradley Bears of Peoria at 7:30 PM.
Wednesday's games will continue along this theme, with the winner and loser's brackets each moving. To stream these games live, check out ESPN 3. For score updates every day, follow along on this storystream.