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Stronger MVC hoping for three NCAA bids

Originally Published: January 5, 2005
By Jeff Shelman | Special to ESPN.com

It might show consistency or something of a trend, but a run of six consecutive seasons is not a fluke.

Since the 1998-99 season, there has been a constant come March: The Missouri Valley Conference sends multiple teams to the NCAA tournament. The Valley sent three teams in '99 and two every season since then.

In the process, the Valley schools have tormented program after program from the major conferences. Southwest Missouri State reached the Sweet 16 in 1999. Southern Illinois ...

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