The UNI Panthers men's basketball team are heading back to the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament -- also known as Arch Madness -- in St. Louis.

The Panthers won their second-straight MVC Tournament and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA by defeating Evansville, 56-54, in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Wes Washpun won the game for UNI with a shot at the buzzer.

After beating Southern Illinois in Friday's quarterfinal game, the Panthers advanced to the title game with a 57-52 overtime win against No. 1 seed Wichita State on Saturday afternoon (March 5).

 

2016 ARCH MADNESS

Missouri Valley Conference
Men's Basketball Tournament

         
           
    #1 Wichita State (23-7, 16-2)    
    G5    
    FRI, MAR 4, 12:00 PM    
  #8 Loyola (14-16, 7-11)   MVC TV Network   #1 Wichita State  
  THU, MAR 3, 6:00 PM G1         66-58 G9  
  MVC TV Network #8 Loyola   SAT, MAR 5, 2:30 PM  
  #9 Bradley (5-26, 3-15) 74-66     CBS Sports Network  
           
        #4 UNI
          57-52 (OT)
    #4 UNI (19-12, 11-7)    
    G6    
        FRI, MAR 4, 2:30 PM    
      MVC TV Network   #4 UNI  
               66-60  
    #5 Southern Illinois (22-9, 11-7)  
            SUN, MAR 6, 1:00 PM G11  
          #4 UNI
        CHAMPION
          56-54
    #2 Evansville (23-8, 12-6)   CBS Sports  
    G7        
        FRI, MAR 4, 6:00 PM    
  #7 Missouri State (12-18, 8-10)   MVC TV Network   #2 Evansville
  THU, MAR 3, 6:00 PM G3         66-56 G10  
  MVC TV Network #7 Missouri State   SAT, MAR 5, 5:00 PM  
  Drake (7-24; 2-16)   69-67     CBS Sports Network  
              #2 Evansville
            68-42
           
    #43 Illinois State (18-13, 12-6)      
    G8      
    FRI, MAR 4, 8:30 PM        
      MVC TV Network   #6 Indiana State      
               65-57  
    #6 Indiana State (14-16, 8-10)