Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

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Who will finish in 7th place during the 2017-18 MVC men's basketball season?

Poll ended at October 8th, 2017, 5:08 am

Bradley
28
44%
Illinois State
7
11%
Loyola
1
2%
Missouri State
1
2%
Northern Iowa
3
5%
Southern Illinois
11
17%
Valparaiso
13
20%
 
Total votes : 64

Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby MVCfans » October 5th, 2017, 5:08 am

Each week we will open a poll for users to predict the end of season finish for the MVC 2017-18 basketball season. We will work in reverse order, concluding with the predicted MVC champion chosen by our users between the last two teams remaining in week 9.

Indiana State was recently selected as the likely 8th place finisher (results: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4787 )

Week 4 - Who will finish in 7th place during the 2017-18 MVC mens basketball season?
-You are choosing the team that you believe will finish in 7th place for this regular season. Poll open until Saturday, October 7.


Official MVCfans.com - Predictions:
10th Place - Evansville
9th Place - Drake
8th Place - Indiana State
7th Place - .....
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby Jsnhbe1Birds » October 5th, 2017, 5:24 am

After losing their best player and moving to a tougher conference I think they'll struggle. They will battle Bradley for the 6/7 spot.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby BCPanther » October 5th, 2017, 7:33 am

This is where it gets tough.

I went Bradley but you could talk me into Valpo or SIU here too. The Braves are still really young and its a group that hasn't really experienced success yet. I think Wardle will turn it but I think he's on a 4 year plan not the traditional 3 year plan.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby Red » October 5th, 2017, 8:19 am

I just keep voting Bradley.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby Jsnhbe1Birds » October 5th, 2017, 8:34 am

Red wrote:I just keep voting Bradley.


Safe bet. Still another year away.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby BirdsEyeView » October 5th, 2017, 9:02 am

Red wrote:I just keep voting Bradley.


I think this will be a tie between Bradley and Valpo. I think Bradley loses the tiebreaker and falls to 7th.

Next year, they finish top 4.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby oklahomacrusader » October 5th, 2017, 9:46 am

Yes, Valpo lost it's best player to the NBA and leaves a lot of questions. However, they will surprise the valley fans and finish top 4
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby BCPanther » October 5th, 2017, 9:53 am

oklahomacrusader wrote:Yes, Valpo lost it's best player to the NBA and leaves a lot of questions. However, they will surprise the valley fans and finish top 4


Valpo's ceiling is 5th. They aren't better than UNI, Illinois State, Loyola or Missouri State. They're in the 5th-7th tier with SIU and Bradley.

A down Valley year is still better than the best year the Horizon can put together and I don't think this will be a down Valley year, that was last year.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby ACECARD » October 5th, 2017, 10:00 am

Yes, it really does get tough from here on out. You've got 7 teams that for one reason or another don't really stand out that far from the rest. Plus what do any of us really know about those teams. All we really have is our half vast opinion. Throw all the names in a hat, and draw one out. I drew out Bradley for 7th, but think there is a possibility they could be better than that.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby oklahomacrusader » October 5th, 2017, 10:11 am

BCPanther wrote:
oklahomacrusader wrote:Yes, Valpo lost it's best player to the NBA and leaves a lot of questions. However, they will surprise the valley fans and finish top 4


Valpo's ceiling is 5th. They aren't better than UNI, Illinois State, Loyola or Missouri State. They're in the 5th-7th tier with SIU and Bradley.

A down Valley year is still better than the best year the Horizon can put together and I don't think this will be a down Valley year, that was last year.


Time will tell. Valpo consistently beat good programs outside of the HL. Bama, BYU, Rhode Island and Murray St. If you want to throw Missouri St. in that group too, you may, I Don't remember the last time Valpo lost to them.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby ahunte1 » October 5th, 2017, 11:02 am

I went Valpo here. I just think it's tough to jump into a new conference and immediately win 7+ games to stay out of the bottom six. I'll be impressed if they can do that. Plus I'm enough of a believer in Wardle that I think he can steer Bradley out of Thursday night in his third year.

In the previous voting I picked Drake 10th out of habit, and Evansville 9th based on other commentary here, but thinking it over, I would have put Indiana State last. I don't see a ton of talent there, and an even bigger problem is I haven't seen a lot of effort out of Lansing's groups in the past couple years.

Anyway, my bottom 4 is In St, Drake, Evansville, Valpo.
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Re: Official 2017-18 MVCfans.com Prediction - 7th Place

Postby VU2014 » October 5th, 2017, 1:02 pm

BCPanther wrote:
oklahomacrusader wrote:Yes, Valpo lost it's best player to the NBA and leaves a lot of questions. However, they will surprise the valley fans and finish top 4


Valpo's ceiling is 5th. They aren't better than UNI, Illinois State, Loyola or Missouri State. They're in the 5th-7th tier with SIU and Bradley.

A down Valley year is still better than the best year the Horizon can put together and I don't think this will be a down Valley year, that was last year.


I wouldn't say 5th is the ceiling for Valpo but I do think anywhere from 4th - 6th is a reasonable expectation.

Valpo graduated a very good senior class which included a NBA player (and two other professional players) but Valpo still has talented but young roster. There will be 6 new players on the active roster. So its reasonable to expect some ups and downs next season and it will depend on how fast this new group can grow together. Another factor is Valpo's bigs are very young. 2 sophomore 7ft centers and 2 Freshman Power Forwards.

2018-2019 is really the year that this Valpo team can do damage but this 2017-2018 team certainly is talented enough to surprise fans. Watch out for Tevonn Walker a senior Shooting Guard who was always the 3rd or 4th option at Valpo most his college career. He's athletic, plays stout defense, and can score & will get more of an opportunity to shine on the offensive end this season.
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