Wisconsin-Parkside and Drury have clinched their respective division titles, with Drury still unbeaten (12-0) against West Division teams — which have a combined record of 77-92, so tell me again why Drury is No. 1 in the Midwest Region rankings? Anyway, the other teams that have clinched spots in the GLVC Tournament are Bellarmine, USI, Lewis, Kentucky Wesleyan and Indianapolis from the East Division and Maryville, Missouri-St. Louis and William Jewell from the West Division (McKendree is ineligible because it’s in its first year in the league, but wouldn’t have qualified anyway).
That means there are two more spaces to fill officially for the 12-team tourney. Looking at the standings, I would say one will probably be Quincy and the other either Saint Joseph’s College or Illinois Springfield. But the eight lowest-seeded teams will still have to compete in what I call play-in games on Sunday to decide which of them earn the right to join the top four seeds, who earned a first-round bye and go straight to the quarterfinals at Evansville’s Ford Center. The tourney here starts March 7 and runs through March 10.