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.
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.