The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team’s main objective Thursday night is to win.
Nine of the 12 berths to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament which starts Sunday are decided. Three spots are up for grabs on the final night of league play.
Coach Bill Walker is confident the Prairie Stars will qualify for the GLVC tourney if they beat McKendree in a regular-season finale at Lebanon Thursday night at 7:30. UIS (11-16) and McKendree (12-13) both own 5-12 conference records in the GLVC East. They are both also 2-7 in divisional play inside the East.
McKendree edged UIS 86-84 in Springfield on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.
If the Stars lose Thursday night, their fate will be decided by other teams. Divisional records and tiebreakers are expected to come into play.
The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on February 25, 2016.
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