MVC: Blue Jay Way

By - October 30, 2006

I got an e-mail this morning from a friend that Camden -- the New Jersey municipality just a hop, skip and jump away from my Philadelphia birthplace -- has relinquished its longtime title as the Most Dangerous City in America in a study released Monday.

The challenger that wrested the crown from Camden?

You guessed it: St. Louis, the site of today’s Missouri Valley Conference Centennial Gala and Media Day.

But despite the ubiquity of perils that such a scientific study would indicate, your faithful narrator did manage to navigate from the airport to the Renaissance Grand Hotel in one piece.

Before interview opportunities with the league coaches and the Preseason All-Valley team members get underway, here’s a quick look at the MVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll as conducted by the league’s coaches, media and sports information directors:

1. Creighton (29 first-place votes): 386 points
2. Southern Illinois (9): 354
3. Wichita State (2): 325
4. Missouri State: 289
5. UNI: 223
6. Evansville: 163
7. Drake: 150
8. Bradley: 136
9. Illinois State: 125
10. Indiana State: 48

The Preseason All-Conference Team is headed by Creighton guard Nate Funk, the consensus choice for MVC Player of the Year. Also making the team are Missouri State guard Blake Ahearn, Creighton center Anthony Tolliver, Southern Illinois guard Jamaal Tatum, UNI forward Grant Stout and Southern Illinois guard Tony Young.

Posted by at 09:51 AM on October 30, 2006

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