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Missouri Valley Conference
(MVC)
Established1907
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I non-football
Members10
Sports fielded19 (men's: 9; women's: 10)
RegionMidwestern United States
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
CommissionerDoug Elgin
Websitemvc-sports.com
Locations

The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is the second-oldest college athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its 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 only college conference that is older is the Big Ten. 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 was never definitively established which conference was the original and which was the spin-off, but given that the Big Eight self-terminated in 1996, only the MVC continues to have a claim to the original heritage.

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.

SportsEdit

File:Missouri Valley Conference former logo.png

The Missouri Valley Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[2] Central Arkansas and SIU Edwardsville are Associate members for men's soccer; Dallas Baptist will become an Associate member for baseball in 2014.

Teams in Missouri Valley Conference competition
SportMen'sWomen's
Baseball
8
-
Basketball
10
10
Cross Country
9
10
Golf
9
10
Soccer
7
7
Softball
-
10
Swimming & Diving
-
5
Tennis
6
8
Track and Field (Indoor)
7
8
Track and Field (outdoor)
7
8
Volleyball
-
10

Member schoolsEdit

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Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined
Bradley University Peoria, Illinois 1897 Private 6,100 Braves 1948,
19551
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 Private 7,730 Bluejays 1928,
19762
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa 1881 Private 5,200 Bulldogs 1907,
19561
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 1854 Private 3,050 Purple Aces (men's)
Lady Aces (women's)
1994
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857 Public 20,800 Redbirds 1981
Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana 1865 Public 12,144 Sycamores 1977
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 21,059 Bears (men's)
Lady Bears (women's)
1990
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1876 Public 13,080 Panthers 1991
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public 18,442 Salukis 1975
Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas 1895 Public 14,806 Shockers 1945
Notes
  1. Bradley and Drake both withdrew from the MVC during the 1951–52 academic year in protest over the Johnny Bright Incident, a racially motivated on-field attack by an Oklahoma A&M football player against Drake player Johnny Bright in a 1951 game. Bradley returned to the MVC for non-football sports in the 1955–56 school year, with Drake doing the same a year later. However, Bradley never returned to MVC football, dropping the sport in 1970, and Drake did not return for football until 1971.
  2. Creighton withdrew from the MVC from 1948-49 to 1975-76

Affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary Conference MVC Sports
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, Illinois 1957 Public 14,055 Cougars 2010 OVC men's soccer
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas 1907 Public 13,863 Bears (men's)
Sugar Bears (women's)
2010 Southland men's soccer
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 1898 Private 5,545 Patriots 2013 Heartland
(NCAA Division II)
baseball

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 Private 4,667 Bulldogs 1932 1934 Atlantic 10 (A-10)
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 Public 42,421 Bearcats 1957 1969 Big East
University of Detroit[n 1] Detroit, Michigan 1877 Private 5,450 Titans 1949 1956 Horizon
Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa 1846 Private 1,688 Pioneers 1918 1939 Midwest
(NCAA Division III)
University of Houston Houston, Texas 1927 State research 39,820 Cougars 1951 1959 C-USA (Big East in 2013)
University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 1847 Public 30,328 Hawkeyes 1907 1908 Big Ten
Iowa State College[n 2] Ames, Iowa 1858 Public 29887 Cyclones 1907 1928 Big 12
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 Public 29,462 Jayhawks 1907 1928 Big 12
Kansas State College[n 3] Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Public 23,863 Wildcats 1913 1928 Big 12
University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky 1798 Public 19,743 Cardinals 1963 1974 Big East (ACC in 2014)
Memphis State University[n 4] Memphis, Tennessee 1912 Public 23,031 Tigers 1968 1973 C-USA (Big East in 2013)
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 Public 33,805 Tigers 1907 1928 SEC
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska 1869 Public 24,593 Cornhuskers 1907,
1921
1909,
1928
Big Ten
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 Public 18,497 Aggies 1970 1983 WAC
North Texas State University[n 5] Denton, Texas 1890 Public 35,694 Mean Green 1957 1974 Sun Belt (C-USA in 2013)
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890 Public 30,303 Sooners 1919 1928 Big 12
Oklahoma A&M University[n 6] Stillwater, Oklahoma 1890 Public 21,419 Aggies/Cowboys[n 7] 1925 1956 Big 12
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Private 13,785 Billikens 1937 1974 Atlantic 10 (A-10)
University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 1894 Private 4,165 Golden Hurricane 1935 1996 C-USA
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas 1865 Public 7,303 Ichabods (men's)
Lady Blues (women's)
1935 1942 MIAA
(NCAA Division II)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Private 14,070 Bears 1907 1942 UAA
(NCAA Division III)
West Texas State University[n 8] Canyon, Texas 1910 Public 7,843 Buffaloes 1972 1985 Lone Star
(NCAA Division II)
Notes

Former affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Primary Conference MVC Sports
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 1890 Private 6,374 Bruins 2000-01 2000-01 OVC men's soccer
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 1895 Public 11,651 Panthers 1996-97 2010-11 OVC men's soccer
Southern Methodist University University Park, Texas 1911 Private 12,000 Mustangs 2000-01 2004-05 C-USA (Big East in 2013) men's soccer
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 1873 Private 9,518 Horned Frogs 2000-01 2000-01 Big 12 men's soccer
University of Tulsa* Tulsa, Oklahoma 1894 Private 4,165 Golden Hurricane 2000-01 2004-05 C-USA men's soccer
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee 1873 Private 12,714 Commodores 1997-98 2005-06 SEC men's soccer
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 Public 21,048 Hilltoppers 1997-98 2007-08 Sun Belt men's soccer
Notes

* - Tulsa re-joined the MVC only for men's soccer.

Membership timelineEdit

Dallas Baptist UniversityUniversity of Central ArkansasSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleBelmont UniversityTexas Christian UniversitySouthern Methodist UniversityDrury UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockVanderbilt UniversityWestern Kentucky UniversityValparaiso UniversityUniversity of Eastern IllinoisUniversity of EvansvilleUniversity of Northern IowaMissouri State UniversityIllinois State UniversityIndiana State UniversitySouthern Illinois University CarbondaleWest Texas A&M UniversityNew Mexico State UniversityUniversity of MemphisUniversity of LouisvilleUniversity of North TexasUniversity of CincinnatiUniversity of HoustonUniversity of Detroit MercyBradley UniversityWichita State UniversitySaint Louis UniversityWashburn UniversityUniversity of TulsaButler UniversityCreighton UniversityOklahoma State University–StillwaterUniversity of OklahomaGrinnell CollegeKansas State UniversityWashington University in St. LouisUniversity of NebraskaUniversity of MissouriUniversity of KansasIowa State UniversityUniversity of IowaDrake University

Magenta = Full members, non-football
Purple = Full members, including football
Green = Associate members, non-football
Orange = Associate members, football

CommissionersEdit

FacilitiesEdit

School Basketball arena Capacity Baseball venue Capacity
Bradley Carver Arena (men)
Renaissance Coliseum (women)
11,164
4,200
O'Brien Field 7,500
Creighton CenturyLink Center Omaha (men)
D. J. Sokol Arena (women)
17,260
2,950
Creighton Sports Complex
TD Ameritrade Park
2,000
24,505
Drake Knapp Center 7,152 Non-baseball school
Evansville Ford Center 11,000 Charles H. Braun Stadium 1,200
Illinois State Redbird Arena 10,200 Duffy Bass Field 1,200
Indiana State Hulman Center 10,200 Sycamore Stadium 1,000
Missouri State JQH Arena 11,000 Hammons Field 7,986
Northern Iowa McLeod Center 7,018 Non-baseball school
Southern Illinois SIU Arena 8,339 Abe Martin Field 2,000
Wichita State Charles Koch Arena 10,506 Eck Stadium 7,851
Note: For the football venues of schools who participate in the sport, see Facilities of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Facilities of the Pioneer Football League.

Basketball tournament champions by yearEdit

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 Illinois State
1998 Illinois State Illinois State
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 Missouri State
2012 Creighton Creighton
2013

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

National team titles by institution Edit

School - Number - NCAA Championships

  • Bradley - 0[7]
  • Creighton - 0[8]
  • Drake - 3[9]
  • Evansville - 0[10]
  • Illinois State - 0[11]
  • Indiana State - 1[12]
  • Missouri State - 0[13]
  • Northern Iowa - 1[14]
  • Southern Illinois - 5[15]
  • Wichita State - 1[16]

NCAA Championships as of June 2010

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

Men's basketball attendanceEdit

2010–2011 Average Men's Basketball Conference Attendance
School Average Attendance
Creighton 16,667
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 2,519

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.[17]

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.[18]

Football champions by year Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "2011-12 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball media guide" (in English). Missouri Valley Conference. 2011. http://epublish.multiad.com/MVC_WB_2011/pubData/source/958301_WBB_epub.pdf. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  2. "ACC Jobs Expected To Be Filled" (in English). Greensboro, North Carolina: Radford News Journal. April 29, 1969. pp. 8 (on page 5). http://newspaperarchive.com/radford-news-journal/1969-04-29/page-5?tag=norvell+neve+resign&rtserp=tags/norvell-neve-resign?ndt=by&py=1968&pey=1969. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. Gregorian, Vahe (September 10, 2012). "FCS foes could pose problems for Mizzou, Illini; Former MVC head dies" (in English). St. Louis Post-Dispatch. http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/article_bbee39d0-e6b6-57a0-b133-0f66dfc5fcfc.html. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  4. Missouri Valley Conference 75 1981 Football/Anniversary Issue. Missouri Valley Conference. p. Page 2.
  5. Weyler, John (March 9, 1988). "Haney Expected to Get PCAA Job : Missouri Valley Commissioner May Be Named This Week" (in English). Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-09/sports/sp-658_1_missouri-valley-conference. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  6. http://www.mvc.org/mvc/bios.htm
  7. "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011.
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  11. "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011.
  12. "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011.
  13. "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011.
  14. "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011.
  15. "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011.
  16. "Summary ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS". http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stat/champs_records_book/summaries/combined.pdf. Retrieved 10-09-2011.
  17. "Official NCAA attendance figures". http://www.ncaa.org/stats/m_basketball/attendance/index.html.
  18. "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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