#TheValleyRunsDeep ...with a century-old tradition and continued modern-day success stories

The Missouri Valley Conference, the nation’s second-oldest NCAA Division I conference, continues to be a leader in college athletics and is one of the nation’s most innovative leagues, celebrating its 112th season in 2018-19.

The Valley brand remains very strong, both regionally and nationally, and the great athletic tradition of The Valley remains a compelling force in recruiting student-athletes and in marketing all the MVC programs. League members have worked together to focus on common goals and objectives, placing a high value on conference harmony, while continuing to invest in athletic programs to compete at the highest level.

Loyola made the school's second trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2018

In 2018, Loyola Chicago represented the Conference in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four in San Antonio. The Conference has combined for 17 wins in the NCAA Tournament in the past six seasons, earning multiple bids four times since 2012.

The Valley's historical accomplishments include four NCAA national basketball championships and 18 trips to the men's NCAA Final Four.

Loyola was the national story of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, becoming the second MVC team in six years (Wichita State in 2013) to reach the Final Four. The Ramblers won 32 games (tied for third-best all-time in the MVC) and ended the year ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches top-25 poll.

The win over Miami (FL) in the first round gave The Valley a perfect 9-0 record in first-round NCAA Tournament games since 2012.

Loyola's win over Tennessee marked the 11th time since 1994 the MVC has sent a team to the Sweet 16.

After beating Nevada, the Ramblers became the fourth MVC team since the NCAA field expanded to 32 teams in 1975 to advance to the Elite Eight.

Loyola became the 18th MVC men's basketball program to reach the NCAA Final Four, claiming the South Regional title with a win over Kansas State.

The Valley has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on many occasions during its history

The State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship – affectionately known as Arch Madness - continues to be a spectacular showcase for the league, and the MVC has extended the tournament agreement with Enterprise Center (formerly known as Scottrade Center) that will keep Arch Madness in St. Louis through 2020. During the 2011 MVC Championship, the league surpassed 1 million in total attendance for the event, now in its 29th year in the Gateway City.

A crowd of 22,612 set an Enterprise Center record for basketball during the 2007 Arch Madness Championship game

In women's basketball, the MVC has seen an average of four league teams participate in postseason play in the last 20 seasons. The Valley has earned multiple NCAA Tournament bids in 11 different seasons, including a pair of bids in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Drake currently has the longest win streak in the history of the Gateway/MVC for regular-season contests at 40-straight.

Drake celebrates a second-straight Hoops in the Heartland championship in 2018

Meanwhile, the Conference remains committed to keeping the tournament at a neutral site. The women’s tournament, tagged “Hoops in the Heartland,” will compete in Moline, Ill., for the fourth year in a row, marking the 12th-straight tournament held at a neutral site. The event will remain in the Quad Cities through the 2021 event.

The Valley is one of only seven conferences to hold a stand-alone women’s neutral site event separate from the men (American, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, MVC, Pac-12 and SEC).

Current member Missouri State has two Final Four appearances in 1992 and 2001 and a WNIT championship in 2005.

In 2001, MSU's Jackie Stiles became the first Valley woman to earn the Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the nation's top female collegiate student-athlete.

The seeds for the creation of the Conference were planted by eight administrators representing five institutions, who met at the Midland Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 12, 1907. The five schools which formed the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association were Washington University of St. Louis, and the state universities of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Two months after the initial meeting, two more schools -- Drake University and Iowa State College -- were admitted.

The Valley is the second-oldest NCAA Division I conference, trailing only the Big Ten

In the league’s 112-year history, a total of 34 institutions have been members of the Missouri Valley Conference, including its current 10-team configuration.

The Valley's 34 past and present members ranks third nationally among NCAA Division I conferences

The Valley began honoring that tradition in the summer of 1997, when the Conference began its athletics Hall of Fame. Currently, more than 100 former players, coaches and alums dot the league’s Hall of Fame. Men’s basketball, perhaps, has the league’s most storied tradition, boasting the likes of Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson as former players, which includes a list of more than 260 drafted to the NBA.

MVC Hall of Fame

Men's & Women's Basketball Players and Coaches

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