Northern Iowa, Wichita State part of Missouri Valley doubleheader on CSN+


Northern Iowa, Wichita State part of Missouri Valley doubleheader on CSN+

Conference play is just getting started in college basketball as CSN+ will have a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader on Wednesday night.

In the first of two live matchups, Wichita State will travel to face Indiana State in a 6 p.m. tip that will mark the conference opener for both teams. In the second game of the doubleheader, Missouri State will head to Northern Iowa for an 8 p.m. tip. Both games can be found on CSN+.

The Shockers (10-3) are moving on without graduated seniors Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet but they're still a top-flight program thanks to some solid recruiting from head coach Gregg Marshall. Wichita State is led by balanced effort that includes double-figure point production from junior forward Darral Willis Jr (11.5 ppg)., sophomore forward Markis McDuffie (11.3 ppg) and junior forward Zach Brown (10.0 ppg). With 10 players averaging at least 13.4 minutes per game, Wichita State should be one of the deepest teams in the Valley this season.

Indiana State (6-6) has been inconsistent this season. The Sycamores own an impressive win over No. 16 Butler earlier this season but they've also lost to teams like Northern Illinois and Quinnipiac. Junior guard Brenton Scott is one of the conference's best scorers as he's pumping in 19.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game so far this season. 

The second game of the doubleheader is also the conference opener for both teams.

Missouri State (9-4) is coming off of a solid showing in the Las Vegas Classic as they fell to No. 23 USC before beating DePaul by double-digits. Junior forward Alize Johnson (13.2 points, 9.2 rebounds per game) is off to a good start while junior guard Ronnie Rousseau III (12.8 points, 2.8 assists per game) helps lead the offense. 

Northern Iowa (5-6) has dropped back-to-back games to Iowa and No. 8 North Carolina as they're trying to figure things out for conference play. Senior guard Jeremy Morgan is having a stellar season for the Panthers as he leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Morgan is averaging 16.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.8 blocks per game so far this season.

Loyola finishes top 10 in Coaches Poll

Loyola finishes top 10 in Coaches Poll

This year’s March Madness Cinderella team (accompanied by rising star Sister Jean) not only captured the hearts of Chicagoland and underdog supporters alike, but also Division 1 coaches, too.

Loyola University Chicago finished in the top 10 of the USA Today Coaches Poll, landing a 21 spot climb to finish in seventh place — the biggest rise the 2018 poll saw. The poll is conducted weekly with votes coming from a panel of Division 1 coaches who are all members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Loyola made the biggest climb from 21st to 7th in the Coaches Poll!

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Loyola shocked the college basketball nation as the team was only the fourth No. 11 seed in NCAA basketball history to reach the Final Four, where they were defeated March 31 by No. 3 seed University of Michigan 57-69.

Relive their memorable journey here.

Loyola's magical run ends with Final Four loss to Michigan

Loyola's magical run ends with Final Four loss to Michigan

The Loyola Ramblers captured the hearts of millions with their magical run through March Madness.

And while it seemed like this talented group, led by head coach Porter Moser - and Sister Jean, might never lose, their journey ended Saturday night in San Antonio at the hands of the third-seeded Michigan Wolverines.

The Ramblers went through a dry spell in the first half but still managed to take a 29-22 lead into halftime in a game that featured two suffocating defenses. The second half was a different story, as the Wolverines put on a clinic and continued their lockdown defense, outscoring the Ramblers by 21 in the eventual 69-57 victory.

Relive their magical run in the video above. Below you can find our Facebook Live coverage of Gentile Arena, where the Ramblers' official watch party took place during the game.