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Valley makes a transition with new faces on top

Originally Published: January 9, 2008
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

The Missouri Valley Conference has made quite an impression these last few years. There was the four-bid performance two seasons ago that yielded two Sweet 16 entries in Bradley and Wichita State. Southern Illinois streaked to the Sweet 16 last year. Northern Iowa had a recent three-bid streak. Creighton is seemingly perpetually appearing in the 7-10 game. And then there was Missouri State's RPI heartbreak (No. 21) two seasons ago, which kept the Valley from earning a record five NCAA bids in ...

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