WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. - After two tight games against Missouri State in the regular season, Dan Muller thinks he has an idea of how Friday's Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinal will play out.
"I certainly expect a close game," said the Illinois State coach. "Usually, they play out a little differently than the previous ones. We've got to be prepared for anything. But I do expect it to be close. Probably coming down to the last four minutes of the game."
The Bears (19-11, 9-9 in MVC) edged ISU in overtime, 78-70, in Springfield, Missouri on Jan 2. Then the Redbirds (16-14, 9-9) beat Missouri State, 67-63 in Normal on Feb. 18.
Tip-off in St. Louis is 2:30 p.m. Friday.