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2017 Schedule
28-7, 1st in MVC
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Vote: Which team is the biggest NCAA tournament snub?

According to Strength of Record, Illinois State is the biggest snub. If you ask BPI, it's Syracuse. What about Indiana, which knocked off No. 1 seeds Kansas and UNC? Let your voice be heard. Vote now!

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46dDana O'Neil

Illinois State coach tweets want ad for Power 5 foes

On the prowl for nonconference competition in 2017-18 after the Redbirds missed this season's NCAA tournament, Illinois State coach Dan Muller tweeted out a challenge to Power 5 opponents.

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Based on our Strength of Record metric, Illinois State is the most deserving team left out of the NCAA tournament. No other team's SOR measures high enough to warrant an at-large bid. Notably absent from the five most deserving teams left out are Syracuse (SOR: 56) and Indiana (SOR: 58).

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Wake Forest, Syracuse and Kansas State both find their way into the NCAA Tournament per Joe Lunardi's Bracketology. USC and mid-major darling Illinois State aren't as lucky.

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47dJeff Goodman

Should the committee take a shot at Illinois State?

Illinois State is a mid-major with plenty of wins and an RPI in the mid-30s. But there is a lack of top-50 wins and a blowout loss to Wichita State in the MVC title game.

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With no case left to make, nervous teams on the bubble (0:58)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Going to be a very long week for Illinois State. Resume based on top-30 RPI, 12 wins away from home, and one win over Wichita State. But that's it. They're 2-4 against the top 100, have two sub-100 losses and got lit up twice by Wichita State.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois State's two losses to Wichita State came by a combined 61 points. (They did beat them by 14, too.)

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Lee banks in acrobatic shot for the Redbirds (0:28)
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Morris powers to the basket for graceful finish (0:15)
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Winner take all in MVC finals?

Wichita State and Illinois State face off in the MVC Championship game on Sunday to book a ticket to the NCAA tournament. But would both teams have a shot at an at-large bid?

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

The Missouri Valley title game is set: Illinois State vs. Wichita State, round three. Does the loser get an at-large bid?

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

So much bubble action today: Illinois at Rutgers, Providence at St. John's, Kansas State vs. Texas Tech, Georgia at Arkansas, Vanderbilt vs. Florida, Cal at Colorado, Xavier at DePaul, Seton Hall at Butler, Marquette vs. Creighton, Illinois St. vs. Southern Illinois, Georgia Tech at Syracuse, Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, Rhode Island vs. Davidson, Middle Tennessee vs. FAU, Wichita State vs. Missouri State, USC vs. Washington.

Team Stats

Points Per Game69.1273rd
Rebounds Per Game36.9108th
Assists Per Game13.8Tied-149th
Points Allowed61.37th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record3-6
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances6