Arch Madness Preview

The field has been set for the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament which will start tomorrow and run through March 7.


The whole tournament will run in St. Louis, Missouri at Enterprise Center, home of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. The games will begin Thursday, with the lower seeds playing for position, with some of the winners taking on the top two seeds. The first seed is owned by the Loyola Chicago Ramblers, who stormed to a 24-2 record during the season. The second seed is the Drake Bulldogs, who went 24-3. After the quarterfinals with the top two seeds on March 5, the semi-finals will take place on March 6 and the finals will be March 7. The tournament can be found on CBS Sports Network and ESPN+.


With all that being said, let's take a look at the games. All times listed are in Eastern Time.

First Round - Thursday, March 4


#8 Bradley vs. #9 Southern Illinois, 7 p.m., ESPN+


#7 Northern Iowa vs. #10 Illinois State, 9:30 p.m., ESPN+


Quarterfinals - Friday, March, 5


#1 Loyola Chicago vs. lowest remaining seed, 1 p.m., ESPN+


#4 Bradley vs. #5 Southern Illinois, 3:30 p.m., ESPN+

#2 Drake vs. second-lowest remaining seed, 7 p.m., ESPN +


#3 Indiana State vs. #6 Missouri State


The semi-finals and the finals will be on CBSSN.


The Favorites


Loyola Chicago


The Ramblers come into ‘Arch Madness’ with the number-one seed in the MVC. With a 21-4 record and number 20 national ranking under their belt, Sister Jean and her Ramblers look to win the MVC. After an overtime loss to Drake, the Ramblers ended the season on a three-game win streak. Loyola Chicago seems to be the best team in the tournament and could run away with the tournament.





Drake Bulldogs


The Bulldogs come into the tournament with a 24-3 record. The Bulldogs had their five-game win streak snapped, losing to Bradley. The Bulldogs had a great season and were running through the MVC most of the season until Loyola Chicago took the conference lead away from them.


Dark Horse


Indiana State Sycamores


The Sycamores had a three-game win streak snapped at the end of the season, but they did look excellent down the stretch. If there is anything that we have learned about March, anything can happen if a team is hot. If the Sycamores get hot, they could win the whole thing.


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