SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Let the madness begin. And it's still February.
It is the make-or-break part of the season when college basketball teams try to burst that bubble to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. No team wants to be in a position to have to win the conference tournament.
Missouri State's bubble still exists. In fact, it grew over the weekend. The Bears lost a nationally televised ESPN "Bracket Buster" game at Valparaiso Saturday 80-67.
The 20-6 Bears have two remaining games, at Southern Illinois Wednesday night and at home Saturday against Wichita State. The latter will decide the Missouri Valley Championship. It's likely its play in in "Arch Madness" in St Louis will decide its post-season fate.