With the CAA and MAC frontrunners taking big and bad losses recently, the Missouri Valley has emerged as the be-all end-all mid-major league in the early going - at least when it comes to multiple Tournament bids. Tonight, we have a holiday treat with two of those likely bids squaring off in Omaha at the lovely and sparkling home of the Bluejays
. Personally, I'd rather watch this game than either the Rolling Stones or "Cold Play."Creighton is still awaiting a redshirt decision from Nate Funk
and his damaged shoulder, but they've won three straight in his absence. But the Jays' problem isn't being d'Voidoffunk
, it's shooting - in those three games they've gone 30%-38%-36% from the floor, and haven't been above 50% this season. The don't-call-us Southwest Missouri State Bears, on the other hand, average 50.7% on the year. They're led by 6-2 guard Blake Ahearn
, who's led them in scoring seven of eight games and features one of the top PPWS
ratings in the land (1.31). Now that's what I call... Hot Play!