Missouri Valley Conference


Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
(MVC)
Missouri Valley Conference logo
Established 1907
Association NCAA
Division Division I non-football
Members 10
Sports fielded 19 (men's: 9; women's: 10)
Region Midwestern United States
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri
Commissioner Doug Elgin
Website mvc-sports.com
Locations
Missouri Valley Conference locations

The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is a college athletic conference whose members are located in the midwestern United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I.

Founded in 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA), the MVC is the nation's second oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference. However, some consider the MVC to have been formed from a split of the MVIAA in 1928. Most of the larger MVIAA schools formed a conference that retained the MVIAA name and would ultimately become the Big Eight Conference. The smaller schools, plus Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University, which ultimately [re]joined the Big Eight in 1957), formed the MVC. During the Big Eight's existence, both conferences claimed 1907 as their founding date, as well as the same history through 1927. It has never been definitively established which conference is the original and which is the spin-off.

During the 2006–2007 college basketball season, MVC teams held a 74–27 non-conference record, including a record of 44–1 at home. The Valley finished in the Top 6 of the RPI and ahead of a BCS conference for the second consecutive year, while also garnering multiple NCAA bids for the ninth straight year and 12th of 14.[1]

The MVC has not sponsored football since 1985, when it was classified as a I-A (now FBS) conference, but five members have football programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (known as the Gateway from 1985–2008) of Division I FCS (formerly I-AA), and a sixth competes in another FCS conference, the Pioneer Football League. The Missouri Valley Conference shares its name with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the two also operate from the same headquarters complex in St. Louis. However, the two are separate administratively.

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Membership

Institution Location – City Location – State Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined
Bradley University Peoria Illinois 1897 Private 6,100 Braves 1948
Creighton University Omaha Nebraska 1878 Private 7,300 Bluejays 19771
Drake University Des Moines Iowa 1881 Private 5,200 Bulldogs 19072
University of Evansville Evansville Indiana 1854 Private 3,050 Purple Aces & Lady Aces 1994
Illinois State University Normal Illinois 1857 Public 20,800 Redbirds 1981
Indiana State University Terre Haute Indiana 1865 Public 10,760 Sycamores 1977
Missouri State University Springfield Missouri 1905 Public 20,800 Bears & Lady Bears 1990
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls Iowa 1876 Public 15,000 Panthers 1991
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Illinois 1869 Public 20,900 Salukis 1975
Wichita State University Wichita Kansas 1895 Public 15,000 Shockers 1945
Locations of current Missouri Valley Conference full member institutions.
Former Missouri Valley Conference logo
Notes
  1. Also was a member from 1928 to 1948
  2. Withdrew from conference from 1951–1956

Affiliate members

Former affiliate members

Former members

Membership timeline

Basketball tournament champions by year

The Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship is often referred to as Arch Madness, in reference to the Gateway Arch at the tournament's present location of St. Louis, Missouri, and a play on "March Madness".

Season Men's Champion Women's Champion
1977 Southern Illinois No Tournament
1978 Creighton No Tournament
1979 Indiana State No Tournament
1980 Bradley No Tournament
1981 Creighton No Tournament
1982 Tulsa No Tournament
1983 Illinois State Illinois State
1984 Tulsa No Tournament
1985 Wichita State No Tournament
1986 Tulsa No Tournament
1987 Wichita State Southern Illinois
1988 Bradley Eastern Illinois
1989 Creighton Illinois State
1990 Illinois State Southern Illinois
1991 Creighton Missouri State
1992 Missouri State Missouri State
1993 Southern Illinois Missouri State
1994 Southern Illinois Missouri State
1995 Southern Illinois Drake
1996 Tulsa Missouri State
1997 Illinois State Drake
1998 Illinois State Drake
1999 Creighton Evansville
2000 Creighton Drake
2001 Indiana State Missouri State
2002 Creighton Creighton
2003 Creighton Missouri State
2004 Northern Iowa Missouri State
2005 Creighton Illinois State
2006 Southern Illinois Missouri State
2007 Creighton Drake
2008 Drake Illinois State
2009 Northern Iowa Evansville
2010 Northern Iowa Northern Iowa
2011 Indiana State Northern Iowa

NB: Missouri State was known as Southwest Missouri State until August 2005.

National team titles by institution

School - Number - NCAA Championships

  • Bradley - 0 [2]
  • Creighton - 0 [3]
  • Drake - 3 [4]
  • Evansville - 0 [5]
  • Illinois State - 0 [6]
  • Indiana State - 1 [7]
  • Missouri State - 0 [8]
  • Northern Iowa - 1 [9]
  • Southern Illinois - 5 [10]
  • Wichita State - 1 [11]

NCAA Championships as of June 2010

Football, Helms and AIAW titles are not included in the NCAA Championship count.

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball venue Capacity
Bradley Non-Football School N/A Peoria Civic Center (men)
Renaissance Coliseum (women)
11,433
4,200
O'Brien Field 7,500
Creighton Non-Football School N/A Qwest Center Omaha (men)
D. J. Sokol Arena (women)
17,560
2,950
Creighton Sports Complex
TD Ameritrade Park
2,000
24,505
Drake Drake Stadium 14,557 Knapp Center 7,002 Non-Baseball School N/A
Evansville Non-Football School; Formerly Arad McCutchan Stadium[12] N/A Ford Center 11,000 Charles H. Braun Stadium 1,200
Illinois State Hancock Stadium 12,000 Redbird Arena 10,200 Duffy Bass Field 1,200
Indiana State Memorial Stadium 12,764 Hulman Center 10,200 Sycamore Stadium N/A
Missouri State Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex 16,300 JQH Arena 11,000 Hammons Field 7,986
Northern Iowa UNI-Dome 17,000 McLeod Center 7,018 Non-Baseball School N/A
Southern Illinois Saluki Stadium 15,000 SIU Arena 9,628 Abe Martin Field 2,000
Wichita State Non-Football School; Formerly Cessna Stadium 30,000 (still in use for track and field) Charles Koch Arena 10,506 Eck Stadium 7,851

Men's basketball attendance

2010–2011 Average Men's Basketball Conference Attendance
School Average Attendance
Creighton 13,507
Wichita State 10,428
Bradley 8,447
Missouri State 7,595
Indiana State 5,602
Evansville 4,910
Northern Iowa 4,767
Illinois State 4,636
Drake 4,230
Southern Illinois 4,188

The Valley is well known for having some of the most dedicated fanbases in all of college basketball, with several members regularly selling out their large arenas on a nightly basis throughout the year. One member (Wichita State) sold out every single game for the 2006–07 season, while another member (Creighton) continues to reset the state of Nebraska attendance record for a college basketball game every season.

In 2010–11, the Valley maintained its position as the eighth ranked conference in average attendance.[13]

The Valley made history in March 2007 with record attendance for four days at St. Louis' Scottrade Center as 85,074 fans turned out to watch the five sessions of the tournament. The two sellout crowds of 22,612 for the semifinals and final of the 2007 State Farm Tournament set an all-time attendance record for basketball at the arena and also gave The Valley the distinction of having the largest championship crowd for any of the 30 NCAA conference tournaments in 2007.[14]

Football champions by year

See also

References

  1. ^ "MVC in the NCAA and NIT". http://www.mvc-sports.com/pdf6/89788.pdf?ATCLID=1274954&SPID=2901&DB_OEM_ID=7600&SPSID=96987. 
  2. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  3. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  4. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  5. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  6. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  7. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  8. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  9. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  10. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  11. ^ "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011. 
  12. ^ Evansville discontinued program in 1997, Arad McCutchan Stadium (2,500) still in use for soccer.
  13. ^ "Official NCAA attendance figures". http://www.ncaa.org/stats/m_basketball/attendance/index.html. 
  14. ^ "MVC official site:"This is the MVC"". http://www.mvc-sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7600&KEY=&ATCLID=271380. 

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