ISU hosts No. 16 Creighton in MVC Championship rematch

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ISU hosts No. 16 Creighton in MVC Championship rematch

The last time ISU and Creighton faced off, the Redbirds took the nationally-ranked Bluejays into overtime in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship.

But so much has changed for ISU since then.

In that Mar. 4 matchup, point guard Nic Moore led the Redbirds with 20 points. He has since transferred to SMU where he joined Tim Jankovich, ISU's coach from 2007-12.

Jankovich racked up 105 wins in his five seasons, earning four bids in the NIT tournament, but falling short of the NCAA tournament. ISU lost in the conference championship three times in Jankovich's tenure, including his first two seasons as head coach.

Dan Muller took over for Jankovich prior to the 2012-13 season in an attempt to rekindle the magic from his playing days. Muller headlined the last ISU team to make the NCAA tournament in 1998, earning the MVC Tournament Most Outstanding Player and leading the Redbirds to a first-round win over Tennessee before losing to Arizona in the second round.

Muller, who has the Redbirds out to a 9-4 start to the campaign, never lost to Creighton in his playing days. But CU has had ISU's number the past few seasons, winning 21 of the last 31 matchups between the two teams.

Doug McDermott, the 2011-12 Valley Player of the Year, headlines a Creighton attack with his 23.5 points per game. The 6-foot-8 junior poured in 33 points in the MVC Championship game last season and has the Bluejays off to a hot start this season with a 12-1 record and No. 16 ranking in the country.

Creighton marks the second nationally-ranked team ISU has faced this season, following a 69-66 loss at No. 5 Louisville Dec. 1.

ISU legend and Chicago native Osiris Eldridge will act as the Redbird Ambassador for Wednesday's matchup.

Osiris Eldridge @Osiris_Eldridge ISU 2Mrrw!!!! for the creighton game! Can't wait to see my Redbird family! 1 Jan 13 Reply Retweet Favorite
Eldridge, who made the All-Valley team three straight seasons from 2008-10, is ISU's career leader in three-pointers and ranks fifth in scoring in the program's history. In 2009, he was named MVC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, just the second time a player from the losing team took home the award.

Wednesday's matchup can be seen on CSN where available. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday on CSN: Northern Iowa hosts South Dakota State

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Wednesday on CSN: Northern Iowa hosts South Dakota State

Northern Iowa tries to break its four-game losing streak as they hose South Dakota State on Wednesday night. This game will be carried live on CSN with a 7:00 p.m. tip.

The Panthers (3-4) started the season with wins over power-conference teams like Arizona State and Oklahoma before dropping the last few games.

Senior guard Jeremy Morgan is off to a strong start this season as he's putting up 15.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.9 assists per game. 

They'll get a solid test from South Dakota State as the Jackrabbits have one of the best mid-major players in the country in sophomore Mike Daum.

The 6-foot-9 Daum is averaging 20.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season as he's the frontrunner for Player of the Year in the Summit League this season.

Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

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Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

CSN will have two quality college basketball matchups on Saturday as two Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge games will be featured live.

Bradley (4-3) has Nevada (6-2) in town for a 7 p.m. game Saturday on CSN while Illinois State (3-2) will host New Mexico (5-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday on CSN+.

The Braves have alternated wins and losses all season as they hope to build momentum off of a road win over Eastern Illinois.

Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces Bradley at 15.3 points per game on 48 percent three-point shooting while junior guard JoJo McGlaston is putting up 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

Nevada enters this one winning four of their last five games as senior guard Marcus Marshall is averaging 20.0 points and 3.9 assists per game. Sophomore forward Cameron Oliver has been generating some pro buzz as he's averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range.

In the second contest, Illinois State is hoping for a key non-conference win against a quality opponent. Senior forward Deontae Hawkins is doing some solid damage as he's averaging 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while junior forward MiKyle McIntosh is at 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.

Proviso East product Paris Lee is also having a good year at guard for Illinois State.

New Mexico is led by a former area product as Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Tim Williams is averaging 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Lobos. Junior guard Elijah Brown, the son of former NBA coach Mike Brown, is also playing well for New Mexico as he's putting up 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.