MVC Monday: UNI’s Tuttle wins weekly award before playing UE

mvclogo—Ahead of Wednesday’s game against UE, Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle (career-high 24 points against Indiana State as well as 8 of 9 shooting versus Illinois State) is the MVC’s Player of the Week and Wichita State’s Cleanthony (24 points in win over Drake) the league’s Newcomer of the Week.

—UE senior Colt Ryan is five points away from becoming the 27th player in MVC history to hit 1,800 for his career. Ryan is currently fourth on the Aces’ all-time scoring least behind only Larry Humes, Marcus Wilson and Ed Smallwood.

—Since the beginning of last season, Creighton and Wichita State are a combined 84-14. No league has two teams with a record that can match that. Both at 14-1 this season, the Bluejays are ranked 13th by The Associated Press and 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll while the Shockers entered the AP poll at 23rd.

The Standings:

1. Creighton (14-1, 3-0): The Bluejays are shooting better than 50 percent from 3-point range in conference play while also getting significant contributions from senior center Gregory Echenique, who’s hit double figures eight games in a row.

2. Wichita State (14-1, 3-0): After hosting Southern Illinois on Wednesday, the ranked Shockers come to the Ford Center on Sunday. Wichita State went 8-1 on the road in conference play last season and are already 2-0 this season with victories at Drake and Bradley.

3. Bradley (10-5, 2-1): The MVC’s biggest surprise this season, the Braves split their games last week after playing Wichita State to a 69-63 score on Sunday.

4. Indiana State (9-5, 2-1): The Sycamores have won three of four, with the loss coming at Creighton. No shame in that.

5. Evansville (9-6, 2-1): UE is through arguably the easiest stretch of the MVC schedule after hosting Missouri State and Southern Illinois. The Aces have made 43 of 49 free throws in conference play.

6. Missouri State (4-11, 2-1): The Bears have shown some life, sandwiching an overtime loss to UE between wins over Southern Illinois and Drake — Missouri State’s first victories over Division I teams this season.

7. Northern Iowa (8-7, 1-2): The Panthers host the first of four home games in five contests when UE comes to town on Wednesday. Northern Iowa, like the Aces, starts four seniors.

8. Illinois State (9-6, 0-3): For the second time this season, the Redbirds have lost three straight games. Aside from those, they’ve posted winning streaks of five and four games.

9. Southern Illinois (7-7, 0-3): With starting forward Dantiel Daniels still out this week, the Salukis will continue playing with just one player taller than 6-foot-5 — forward Davante Drinkard.

10. Drake (6-8, 1-3): The Bulldogs have gone from one of the nation’s top 3-point shooting teams to one that connected on a combined 18-of-73 (24.7 percent) attempts from behind the arc in losses to Bradley, Wichita State and Missouri State.

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