The SIU vs Ill. St. game final 6 minutes or so were, in their own way, quite a testament to the Valley and the teams playing a play-in game. The execution was nearly flawless, both teams repeatedly hit critical shots. It is good to see teams play with such intensity after struggling seasons. It is one reason I do like the play-in game format as the bottom four teams all have a decent chance to win a game in the tourney, get a game's experience on the floor and have at least a little momentum for the next day. BTW, SIU won by 3.
In game 2, last place Bradley just looked better than Drake. Quicker, bigger, stronger. Of course, it may not look that way against WSU.