The Five-Bid Valley: wonderful idea in theory, but it proved to be a complicated Rube Goldberg device with far too many moving parts. Last night, the spoon-lever designed to move the golden egg from the mini-seesaw to the hamster wheel was smashed to pieces.
Much like Wichita State's thunderous collapse last year, Southern Illinois (18-9, 11-6) has been far more about chutes than ladders during the stretch run -- last night, a free and loose bunch of Evansville Aces broke down the Salukis for their fourth Valley win against 13 losses, taking the lead late in the first half and never looking back. And look who we have here! It's our second-ever MMBOD (Nov. 18), chiming in with a repeat performance. It was the 13th time the 6'7", 250-lb. Indiana native has led his team in scoring, and also the 13th time he's topped all Ace rebounders. All this triskaidekaphobia should end up turning lucky for traditional Mo-Val punching bag Evansville; with Webster returning next year, they just might.
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