What a fine mess the MVC tourney has become. Gone are the top seeds, and all the talking heads are having told-you-so field days with all the El Foldos going on. The Missouri Valley Conference is a bubble-busting bust, they say. Teams like Northern Iowa, despite their 23 wins, will have to sweat it out: even power-conference teams that lose six of eight rarely make it in. Well, it was a nice story for a month or so, right?OK, enough with the traditional wisdom, backwards-ass punditry and ridiculous nonsense. What will be lost in all the Multi-Bid Madness that has enveloped the MVC this year are these simple facts: this is a murderous league from one-through-six; and these two teams, the Braves and Salukis, got hot at the right time and overcame a lot of late-season adversity to get to this game. The team that wins will be the champions of the toughest mid-major league in Hoops Nation; no matter what happens on Selection Sunday or in the NCAA's, you can bet that on this site - for the next 12 months - they will be afforded all the respect a National Champion deserves.
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