Hot thunder in the Valley this afternoon. Here are two of the teams that have legitimate chances to capture two of the MoVal's presumed three bids, chances that have been enhanced by key injuries at Northern Iowa and Creighton.Blake Ahern
(MVC-leading 18.8 ppg) is the floor leader of a Missouri State (11-3, 4-2) team that leads the conference in three-point shooting (41.4%), assists (17.1), rebounds (36.4 rpg), and speed (75.6 possessions per 40 minutes). The lunchpail Shockers (13-4, 4-2) feature four double-figure scorers -- all of whom have been game-high scorers over the past month -- and while ex-SMS may be the best team in the Valley on paper, Wichita may be the most nuts-and-bolts solid. We'll see which one comes out on top on the Shox' floor today. Thund-der!