Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mvc's Class Might Rub off on Marquette

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mvc's Class Might Rub off on Marquette

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Fasten your high-top sneakers. Prepare for liftoff. This is the best time of the year for hoops fans. Basketballs are spinning through the air, everywhere. Our baskets runneth over.

The NCAA Tournament - America's greatest sporting event - is a couple of weeks away. But the high school playoffs are rolling through the gymnasiums across the region, gathering steam. The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament is setting up for its annual festival. And next week, the Conference USA Tournament makes its debut in St. Louis.

We wish the C-USA well, but did you see the inane comments made by Marquette's smarmy coach, Mike Deane? Deane criticized St. Louis for having "fair weather" basketball fans because the Kiel Center wasn't filled for Tuesday's St. Louis U. vs. Marquette game. Huh? The Billikens are 9-17 and still drawing more than 13,000 per game. That's excellent. St. Louis fans may want to remember Deane's attack next week when Marquette takes the floor at Kiel for C-USA play. Fact: Deane doesn't coach in the Missouri Valley Conference. And that's yet another reason to support the classy, appreciative MVC. Gentlemen coaches such as Kevin Stallings (Illinois State), Jim Molinari (Bradley), Steve Alford (Southwest Missouri State), Eldon Miller (Northern Iowa) and Rich Herrin (SIU-Carbondale) never would insult a host city. All the Valley coaches are cool; we just named a few. St. Louis has a true friend in the MVC. The league's teams and fans look forward to coming here each March. The MVC is based in St. Louis; the conference and the city are partners. This will be the seventh consecutive Valley tournament in St. Louis, the third at Kiel Center. The MVC Tournament is contracted to play at Kiel through 1999. Thousands of fans from Valley schools make the trip and help fill hotels and restaurants. The MVC issued 400 working media credentials for this year's tournament. This is good business for the city. . . . and good times for those who come to Kiel and check out the action. …

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