ESPN's latest mid-major rankings are out. The 4-Letter's voters pretty much confirm what we have all been thinking during the last couple of weeks about the Missouri Valley: thinks don't look good for getting multiple bids in the NCAA Tournament. Creighton and Wichita State are now No. 8 and No. 7 in the rankings, after being just behind Gonzaga for most of the season. I think it would be stomach-turning to think about the teams that have passed them. We should echo their pick for Jackie Carmichael as the player of the week. We ran a Game Score on the Illinois State forward's line last night, and while it wasn't the best of the evening, it was a strong 64 for the big man. Who know that Illinois State would come alive like this behind Carmichael given the way they started the conference slate?