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Page 2's resident college basketball junkie, Kieran Darcy, hits the road for a grassroots tour of the Missouri Valley Conference.
• Part 4: Southern Illinois, Bradley
• Part 3: Missouri State, Illinois State
• Part 2: Northern Iowa, Drake
• Part 1: Wichita State, Creighton
|While Merfeld's Purple Aces have played good, the Valley is playing great.|
|This is what happens when you abuse your rental car.|
Drive 5: Carbondale, Ill., to Evansville, Ind., to Terre Haute, Ind.
Total distance: 250 miles
Total driving time: 4 hours and 31 minutes
Diet Cokes: One 20 oz. bottle
Total mileage on tour: 1,829 miles
Total driving time on tour: 30 hours and 51 minutes
Song of the drive: "Read My Mind" by The Killers. Just found out I'm going to see them in April at Madison Square Garden. Can't wait.
Final thought: When I rented this car, the guy at the rental desk asked me to estimate how much mileage I'd be putting on it. When I hesitated, he said, "It doesn't really matter, I just have to put something down. How about 150 miles?" Can't wait to see the reaction to the odometer when I return this puppy.