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2019 Schedule
10-8, 3rd in MVC
Valpo wins on buzzer-beater beyond half court (0:29)
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Tennessee State hires 'Penny' Collins as coach

Tennessee State has hired Illinois State assistant Brian "Penny" Collins as its men's basketball coach, replacing Dana Ford, who left for Missouri State after going 57-65 in four seasons.

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Coach defends MVC by taking shot at Shockers

Illinois State coach Dan Muller took a shot at Wichita State's Gregg Marshall with a tweet just moments after the Shockers, seeded fourth in the East Region, were upset by No. 13 seed Marshall in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.

Williams throws down an absolute disrespectful dunk (0:45)

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Valpo coach Matt Lottich talks with Mitch Holthus and Malcolm Huckaby at practice ahead of tonight's 10:00 pm ET game vs Illinois State on ESPN2. Schools have not played each other since 1981.

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Illinois State forward Malik Yarbrough talks to Malcom Huckaby at practice ahead of tonight's 10:00 pm ET game vs Valpo on ESPN2. Schools have not played each other since 1981.

Williams' 3 extends Boise State lead (0:24)
Evans banks in 3 to extend Illinois State's lead (0:19)
Evans knocks down 3 at the buzzer (0:21)
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Puerto Rico Tip-Off moves to S.C. after Maria

Coastal Carolina University will play host to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November, after the college basketball tournament was forced to relocate due to damage from Hurricane Maria.

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The six players participating in the Raptors' pre-draft workout on Tuesday are Baylor forward Johnathan Motley, Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Maryland forward Justin Jackson, Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, Mississippi big man Sebastian Saiz and Illinois State forward MiKyle McIntosh.

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Vote: Which team is the biggest NCAA tournament snub?

According to Strength of Record, Illinois State is the biggest snub. If you ask BPI, it's Syracuse. What about Indiana, which knocked off No. 1 seeds Kansas and UNC? Let your voice be heard. Vote now!

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Illinois State coach tweets want ad for Power 5 foes

On the prowl for nonconference competition in 2017-18 after the Redbirds missed this season's NCAA tournament, Illinois State coach Dan Muller tweeted out a challenge to Power 5 opponents.

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Based on our Strength of Record metric, Illinois State is the most deserving team left out of the NCAA tournament. No other team's SOR measures high enough to warrant an at-large bid. Notably absent from the five most deserving teams left out are Syracuse (SOR: 56) and Indiana (SOR: 58).

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Wake Forest, Syracuse and Kansas State both find their way into the NCAA Tournament per Joe Lunardi's Bracketology. USC and mid-major darling Illinois State aren't as lucky.

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Should the committee take a shot at Illinois State?

Illinois State is a mid-major with plenty of wins and an RPI in the mid-30s. But there is a lack of top-50 wins and a blowout loss to Wichita State in the MVC title game.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Going to be a very long week for Illinois State. Resume based on top-30 RPI, 12 wins away from home, and one win over Wichita State. But that's it. They're 2-4 against the top 100, have two sub-100 losses and got lit up twice by Wichita State.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois State's two losses to Wichita State came by a combined 61 points. (They did beat them by 14, too.)

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Winner take all in MVC finals?

Wichita State and Illinois State face off in the MVC Championship game on Sunday to book a ticket to the NCAA tournament. But would both teams have a shot at an at-large bid?

Team Stats

Points Per Game72.3
Rebounds Per Game35.6
Assists Per Game14.9
Points Allowed73.5236th

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Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record3-6
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances6