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Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and Weekly Notes


A.J. Green Northern Iowa

Marcus Domask, Southern Illinois


Nothing But NET
Eight MVC schools rank in the top 160 of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET).  Last year, only three MVC teams were in the Top 160 at season’s end. Four league schools are rated higher than last year’s best-rated team in the NET (Loyola led the league with a season-ending 131 NET rating in 2018-19.)  Co-champion Drake was the league leader at the end of the regular season with a 127.  This season, the MVC has three in the Top 100, led by UNI’s No. 37 ranking.  As a conference, the MVC is the 11th-rated league in the NET ratings.  Last season, the MVC was No. 14 in the NET at season’s end.  Although no longer a primary tool used by the Selection Committee, UNI is No. 18 in the RPI.

Sunday, Feb. 16
Evansville at Drake (ESPN3) 3:00 p.m. CT
Missouri State at Indiana State (ESPNU) 3:00 p.m. CT

MVC Player of the Week
AJ Green, UNI
6-4, 175, So., G
Cedar Falls (Iowa) Cedar Falls High

Green averaged 26.5 points per game in two Valley wins last week as UNI won at Valparaiso and defeated Drake at home. Green shot 46% from the field, made eight three-pointers, recorded six rebounds and had six assists. Green finished with 19 points going 7-of-20 from the field in a win at Valparaiso. The reigning MVC Freshman of the Year returned to the McLeod Center on Saturday afternoon for one of his best performances of his career. Green finished with 34 points, going 12-of-21 from the field with six made three-pointers in front of a sold-out crowd.

MVC Newcomer of the Week
Marcus Domask, Southern Illinois
6-6, 215, Fr., F
Waupun (Wis.) Waupun High

Domask hit the game-winning jumper as time expired in Southern Illinois’ 68-66 win over Missouri State on Saturday. Domask averaged 20 points and 7.5 points over SIU’s two wins. Domask came a rebound shy of a double-double in SIU’s win at Evansville on Wednesday (22 points, 9 rebounds). On Saturday at home vs. Missouri State, Domask was 6-of-9 from the field and had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. With only 1.6 seconds left, Domask grabbed a full-court pass, took one dribble and hit a triple-teamed turnaround 18-foot jump shot as the clock expired to give SIU its win.

Trending Towards 20 Wins
UNI reached 20 victories with its win at Valparaiso on Feb. 5.  Five other league teams have 14+ wins with six regular-season games remaining.  Should two of them also reach 20 wins before the tournament it will mark the 10th time in 30 years of the event in St. Louis that three teams had 20+ wins prior to the tourney.  It hasn’t happened since 2010, and the league championship has never had four 20-win teams prior to the event.

3 Teams, 20+ Wins at Arch Madness
1994 — Bradley#, Southern Illinois*, Tulsa*
2000 — Creighton*, Indiana St.*, Missouri St.#
2004 — Creighton#, S. Illinois*, Wichita State#
2005 — Creighton*, UNI*, Southern Illinois*
2006 — Missouri State#, UNI*, Wichita State*
2007 — Bradley#, Missouri State#, S. Illinois*
2008 — Creighton#, Drake*, Southern Illinois#
2009 — Creighton#, Illinois State#, UNI*
2010 — Illinois State#, UNI*, Wichita State#
*denotes NCAA; #denotes NIT

Six Games Remain
UNI holds the league lead with six games remaining.  Since 1991-92, teams that have held the MVC lead (or co-lead) with six games left have reached post-season play 41 out of 42 times (32 NCAA bids and nine NIT berths).  The only league leader through 12 games that failed to reach post-season play was Illinois State in 1993.  The last time an MVC team led the league through 12 games and didn’t win the regular-season title was in 2012 when Creighton was 11-1 through 12 games and finished second in the standings at 14-4.  Wichita State won the league that year with its 16-2 mark.  The Shox went 6-0 in their final six games as Creighton went 3-3.

Poll Chatter
UNI is No. 28 in this week’s AP top-25 poll with 44 points.  The Panthers’ last AP ranking was on March 16, 2015, when they were No. 11 in the poll.  UNI was ranked No. 14 in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll that year.  The last MVC team to be ranked was Loyola Chicago, which clocked in at No. 7 in the coaches poll in the final rankings of 2018 after its Final Four run.  This week, UNI has 20 points in the coaches poll for 28th.

Another MVC Coaching Alum
There are currently five MVC head coaches who have also played in the MVC.  Dan Muller and Bryan Mullins are both coaching at their alma maters.

Moving Up the Charts
Now in his 14th season as head coach at UNI, Ben Jacobson continues to climb the all-time MVC lists for victories.  Only one other coach has won as many as 287 games during his 14th MVC season.  Henry Iba of Oklahoma State had 302 total wins at the end of his 14th year.

Home Cooking
Two league schools are still unbeaten at home this year (Indiana State, UNI).  UNI has 13-straight home wins, and Indiana State has won 12 in a row at home.  Collectively, the league has won 73.3 percent of the time at home during league play this year (after winning 90.2 percent of its home games in non-league play).  That 73.3 percent winning percentage is the best in the MVC since at least 1996-97.  The top six teams in the league standings have combined for a full-season 70-5 record at home.

Salukis Surging
Southern Illinois enters this week in sole possession of second place in the league race (9-3 in the MVC).  The Salukis were picked to finish last in the preseason poll.  Only one team in MVC history has finished in the Top 3 after being picked last in the league’s pre-season poll.  Drake, in 2017-18, was picked 10th and tied for third place.

Worst Picks to Finish in Top 3
1988-89 – Creighton (picked 7th of 8) — 1st
2007-08 – Drake (picked 9th of 10) — 1st
2017-18 – Drake (picked 10th of 10) — t3rd
2018-19 – Drake (picked 9th of 10) — t1st

Climbing the 3-Point Ladder
Indiana State’s Jordan Barnes continues to climb the MVC’s all-time lists for three-point field goals as the senior has 262 in his career to rank 3rd at Indiana State.  He’s tied for 11th in MVC history.

MVC Three-Pointers Made — Career
371 Kyle Korver, Creighton, 1999-03
314 Shane Hawkins, Southern Illinois, 1994-98
284 Jason Holsinger, Evansville, 2005-09
283 Michael Menser, Indiana State, 1997-01
278 Osiris Eldridge, Illinois State, 2006-10
276 Blake Ahearn, Missouri State, 2003-07
270 Brenton Scott, Indiana State, 2014-18
268 Matt Bohannon, UNI, 2012-16
266 Johnny Murdock, Missouri State, 1991-95
263 D.J. Balentine, Evansville, 2012-16
262 Jordan Barnes, Indiana State, 2016-pres.
262 Jeremy Crouch, Bradley, 2004-08
262 Colt Ryan, Evansville, 2009-13

Top Scoring MVC Freshmen
Marcus Domask of Southern Illinois leads MVC freshmen with 371 points.  In league history, 22 freshmen have scored 400+ points, including 10 since 2000.    Eight MVC freshmen since 2000 to hit 400 points earned the league’s Freshman of the Year award.  Domask’s 371 points this season rank 13th nationally among NCAA freshmen.

MVC — Top Scoring Freshmen, Since 2000
581 – *Doug McDermott, Creighton (2010-11)
509 – *A.J. Green, UNI (2018-19)
478 – *Milton Doyle, Loyola (2013-14)
435 – *Colt Ryan, Evansville (2009-10)
428 – Rayvonte Rice, Drake (2010-11)
416 – *P’Allen Stinnett, Creighton (2007-08)
412 – *Luke McDonald, Drake (2000-01)
411 – *Landry Shamet, Wichita State (2016-17)
410 – *David Moss, Indiana State (2002-03)
402 – Darrell Brown, Bradley (2016-17)
399 – *Cameron Krutwig, Loyola (2017-18)
377 – *Kevin Dillard, Southern Illinois (2008-09)
376 – Phillip Gilbert, Bradley (2000-01)
374 – Toure’ Murry, Wichita State (2008-09)
371 – Marcus Domask, S. Illinois (2019-20)
368 – *Marcus Marshall, MSU (2012-13)
*denotes league’s Freshman of the Year

Reaching 1,000 Points
AJ Green of UNI enters this week with 988 career points.  Below is a list of the top point totals for MVC student-athletes who played their freshmen and sophomore seasons in the MVC.  Doug McDermott of Creighton scored 1,382 in his first two years at Creighton to lead the way.

Top MVC Point Totals Thru Sophomore Season
1,382 — Doug McDermott, CU (2010-11 & 2011-12)
1,225 — Mitchell Anderson, BU (1978-79 & 1979-80)
1,125 — John S. Williams, INS (1982-83 & 1983-84)
1,095 — Hersey Hawkins, BU (1984-85 & 1985-86)
1,071 — Shea Seals, Tulsa (1993-94 & 1994-95)
1,069 — Cliff Levingston, WSU (1979-80 & 1980-81)
1,050 — *Cleo Littleton, WSU (1951-52 & 1952-53)
1,043 — Tarise Bryson, ILS (1998-99 & 1999-00)
1,034 — D.J. Balentine, UE (2012-13 & 2013-14)
1,010 — Rodney Buford, CU (1995-96 & 1996-97)
The first season NCAA permitted freshmen to participate was in 1972-73, but freshmen were also permitted to play during “War Years” in seasons prior to 1972-73. WSU’s Cleo Littleton played as a freshman during the Korean Conflict.

JJ Jumper
Since 1992-93 only two players have played a full season in which he made zero two-point baskets and 40 or more three-pointers.  Jonah Jackson of Drake enters this week with 50 made field goals this year (all three-pointers), and he’s looking to join that elite group.

King Krut
Loyola’s Cameron Krutwig ranks among the MVC leaders in points, rebounds, assists and FG percentage.  Only seven previous times since 1980 (the first year assist leaders were tracked) has a player ranked in the MVC’s Top 10 in each of those four categories.  No player in MVC history has finished in the Top 5 in each of those four categories.  Notably, Krutwig is also 4th in the MVC in steals per game and 8th in blocks.

It’s a Steal
Javon Freeman-Liberty of Valparaiso leads the league with 2.2 steals per game (56 total).  He led the MVC in steals per game last year and he could be the first player since Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins in 1986-87-88 to lead the league in steals in back-to-back seasons.

Charity Tosses
Earlier this season, AJ Green of UNI established a school record by making 44-straight free throws.  He currently leads the league and ranks third nationally with his 92.1 percent accuracy from the foul stripe.  Only three players in MVC history have had a full-season percentage better than that:  Blake Ahearn of Missouri State (4x), Rick Fields of Indiana State and Mike Glenn of Southern Illinois.

MVC Free Throw Percentage — Season
.975 Blake Ahearn, MSU, 2003-04 (117 of 120)*
.949 Rick Fields, Indiana State, 1982-83
.947 Blake Ahearn, MSU, 2004-05 (90 of 95)
.936 Blake Ahearn, MSU, 2005-06 (117 of 125)
.930 Mike Glenn, Southern Illinois, 1976-77
.925 Blake Ahearn, MSU, 2006-07 (111 of 120)
.921 AJ Green, UNI, 2019-20 (93 of 101)
.920 Vince Greene, Illinois St., 2004-05 (81 of 88)
.914 Brad Duncan, Illinois St., 1984-85 (53 of 58)
*denotes NCAA single-season record




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