Originally written on Just Cover Blog  |  Last updated 3/3/12

(4) Illinois State 65, (1) Wichita State 64 — My pick: Illinois state +1

Player of the game: Illinois State guard Tyler Brown scored a game-high 25 points on 9-for-19 shooting.

The game was won when… With the Redbirds trailing by one with 6.4 seconds left, Brown made two free throws to give Illinois State the lead. The Shockers missed two jumpers at the other end.

Team stat of the game: Illinois State went 20-for-22 from the free-throw line. The Redbirds were 75 percent from the line entering Saturday.

What it means: A bid thief has reached its tournament championship game, meaning bubble teams are getting nervous. Wichita State has a bid locked up, but its hopes of a top-four seed took a major hit.

(2) Creighton 99, (3) Evansville 71 — My pick: Evansville +6

Player of the game: Creighton center Gregory Echenique scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds (six offensive) while shooting 8-for-11 from the floor.

The game was won when… Creighton went on a 14-2 run late in the first half, turning a 20-19 lead into a 33-21 lead and never looked back.

Team stat of the game: The Blue Jays went 12-for-23 from three-point range.

What it means: Again, bubble teams will be rooting for Creighton in the championship game, as the Blue Jays already have a bid locked up. We know Creighton can score, but their defense is still a bit of an issue.

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