MVC schedule release and key matchups

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The Missouri Valley Conference released its schedule for the 2021-22 NCAA basketball season.

The MVC is one of the more competitive mid-major conferences in college basketball that could see a shift in power with the graduation of Loyola-Chicago’s Cameron Krutwig who led the Ramblers to another conference title and was named Player of the Year in 2020-21 along with head coach Porter Moser who departed to take over at the University of Oklahoma.

The Drake Bulldogs (26-5) finished second to Loyola-Chicago (26-5) but still earned an at large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs return the core of their line up including Shanquan “Tank” Hemphill who led the team in scoring with 13.2 PPG as well as four of their top five scorers.

Watch out for a young Southern Illinois squad to improve on their 12-14 record and be in contention this year along with the likes of Indiana State and Valparaiso.

The State Farm MVC “Arch Madness” Tournament will take place March 3-6 at Enterprise in St. Louis, Mo.

Here is the complete MVC schedule for 2021-22:

WednesdayDec. 1 *S. Illinois at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
WednesdayDec. 1 *Indiana State at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
WednesdayDec. 1 *Missouri St. at Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
WednesdayDec. 1 *UNI at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
ThursdayDec. 2 *Valparaiso at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
SundayJan. 2*Bradley at Indiana StateTerre Haute, Ind.
SundayJan. 2*Drake at Missouri StateSpringfield, Mo.
SundayJan. 2*Evansville at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
SundayJan. 2*Loyola at Southern IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
SundayJan. 2*Illinois State at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
WednesdayJan. 5*Missouri State at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 5*Evansville at Indiana StateTerre Haute, Ind.
WednesdayJan. 5*Loyola at Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 5*Drake at Southern IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 5*Valparaiso at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
SaturdayJan. 8*Indiana State at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
SaturdayJan. 8*Illinois State at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
SaturdayJan. 8*Bradley at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
SaturdayJan. 8*UNI at Missouri StateSpringfield, Mo.
SaturdayJan. 8*S. Illinois at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
TuesdayJan. 11*Indiana State at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
TuesdayJan. 11*Valparaiso at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 12*Evansville at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 12*Illinois State at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
WednesdayJan. 12*S. Illinois at Missouri StateSpringfield, Mo.
SaturdayJan. 15*Drake at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
SaturdayJan. 15*Loyola at Indiana StateTerre Haute, Ind.
SaturdayJan. 15*UNI at Southern IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
SaturdayJan. 15*Missouri St. at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
SundayJan. 16*Bradley at Illinois State Normal, Ill.
TuesdayJan. 18*Loyola at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
WednesdayJan. 19*Bradley at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
WednesdayJan. 19*Illinois St. at Missouri St.Springfield, Mo.
WednesdayJan. 19*Indiana State at S. IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 19*UNI at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
SaturdayJan. 22*Missouri State at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
SaturdayJan. 22*Drake at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
SaturdayJan. 22*S. Illinois at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
Saturday Jan. 22*Valparaiso at Indiana StateTerre Haute, Ind.
SundayJan. 23*Evansville at Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
TuesdayJan. 25*Missouri St. at Indiana St.Terre Haute, Ind.
TuesdayJan. 25*Southern Illinois at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 26*Drake at Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
WednesdayJan. 26*UNI at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
WednesdayJan. 26*Bradley at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
SaturdayJan. 29*Evansville at Missouri St.Springfield, Mo.
SaturdayJan. 29*Illinois State at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
SaturdayJan. 29*Valparaiso at S. IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
SundayJan. 30*Indiana State at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
SundayJan. 30*Loyola at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
TuesdayFeb. 1*Evansville at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
WednesdayFeb. 2*Drake at Indiana StateTerre Haute, Ind.
WednesdayFeb. 2*Illinois State at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
WednesdayFeb. 2*Bradley at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
WednesdayFeb. 2*Missouri State at S. IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
SaturdayFeb. 5*Bradley at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
SaturdayFeb. 5*UNI at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
SaturdayFeb. 5*S. Illinois at Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
SaturdayFeb. 5*Indiana State at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
SundayFeb. 6*Loyola at Missouri StateSpringfield, Mo.
WednesdayFeb. 9*Loyola at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
WednesdayFeb. 9*Missouri State at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
WednesdayFeb. 9*Valparaiso at Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
WednesdayFeb. 9*Indiana State at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
WednesdayFeb. 9*Southern Illinois at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
SaturdayFeb. 12*Drake at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
SaturdayFeb. 12*Illinois St. at Indiana St.Terre Haute, Ind.
SaturdayFeb. 12*Valparaiso at Missouri St.Springfield, Mo.
SaturdayFeb. 12*Evansville at S. IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
SundayFeb. 13*UNI at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
TuesdayFeb. 15*Indiana St. at Missouri St.Springfield, Mo.
TuesdayFeb. 15*Bradley at Southern IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
WednesdayFeb. 16*Evansville at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
WednesdayFeb. 16*UNI at Illinois StateNormal, Ill.
WednesdayFeb. 16*Loyola at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
SaturdayFeb. 19*Illinois State at BradleyPeoria, Ill.
SaturdayFeb. 19*Drake at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
SaturdayFeb. 19*S. Illinois at Indiana StateTerre Haute, Ind.
SaturdayFeb. 19*Valparaiso at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
SundayFeb. 20*Missouri State at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
TuesdayFeb. 22*Illinois State at S. IllinoisCarbondale, Ill.
WednesdayFeb. 23*Evansville at LoyolaChicago, Ill.
WednesdayFeb. 23*Bradley at Missouri StateSpringfield, Mo.
WednesdayFeb. 23*UNI at Indiana StateTerre Haute, Ind.
WednesdayFeb. 23*Drake at ValparaisoValparaiso, Ind.
SaturdayFeb. 26*Indiana State at Illinois St.Normal, Ill.
SaturdayFeb. 26*Missouri State at EvansvilleEvansville, Ind.
SaturdayFeb. 26*Loyola at UNICedar Falls, Iowa
SaturdayFeb. 26*Southern Illinois at DrakeDes Moines, Iowa
SaturdayFeb. 26*Valparaiso at BradleyPeoria, Ill.