—Creighton, which plays Cincinnati on Friday in the NCAA tournament, may be leaving the Missouri Valley Conference. But there’s still a reason to root for the Bluejays the rest of this season. As Wichita State did with its win today over Pittsburgh, Creighton would earn NCAA units (revenue) for every tournament win that will be distributed among the MVC’s other members.
—Bradley and Northern Iowa also advanced in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, as UE did with its first-round victory over Tennessee State, and will play this weekend. Click here for a full list of second-round pairings. Indiana State lost to Iowa to end the MVC’s run at a National Invitation Tournament title.
—The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association named UE signee and Castle High School senior Blake Simmons among its first-team all-state selections in a list released Thursday.
—Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s High School point guard Duane Gibson, another UE signee, was this week named all-state by the Associated Press. Gibson is still playing for an Ohio Division IV title, which the Vikings aim for at this weekend’s semifinals/championship.
—Tim Rogers of the Cleveland Plain Dealer profiled Gibson, who’s overcome some family adversity to play point guard at VASJ, in Thursday’s paper.
—UE senior Colt Ryan is 33 points from tying Larry Humes’ program-record 2,236 points entering Saturday. I spoke with Humes today and will have a story in Saturday’s paper on Ryan’s chase.
—Former UE player Scott Haffner broke another of Humes’ records — most points in a single game — and this week Haffner officially went into the Indiana Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, as C&P reporter Gordon Engelhardt writes.
—It’s hard to blame Creighton for bailing on the MVC — a move to the new Big East Conference is official, by the way — as the Bluejays’ next destination will pay out about 10 times better and place them among other faith-based institutions.
—Creighton assistant (and former UE head coach) Steve Merfeld, in a Q&A with the White & Bue Review, said the Bluejays’ staff hasn’t yet discussed keeping any MVC teams on its schedule beyond this season.
—UE’s baseball team (8-12) opens MVC play this weekend with a three-game home series against Creighton (6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday). Earlier this week, the Aces knocked off Murray State by a 5-3 score on Tuesday before losing at Tennessee Martin, 8-3.
—Sophomore women’s basketball player Khristian Hart continues to count the days before her return to the court. Hart’s season ended early due to injury, but she’s already had a successful surgery and is rehabbing.
—Missouri State will release freshman Drew Wilson from his scholarship as the Bears’ redshirt freshman forward pursues a transfer. Wilson started 18 games, averaging 2.4 points and 3.4 rebounds.
—And if you ever need a laugh, watch this.