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Mark your calendars for Arch Madness

For the first two weekends of March, fans from the 10 members of the Missouri Valley Conference will invade St. Louis with the hope of watching their team punch the ticket to “The Big Dance.”

There is still time for you to join fellow Illinois State alumni and fans in cheering on the Redbirds for each of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference tournaments. The men’s competition is March 3-6 at the Scottrade Center. Head coach Tim Jankovich and the ISU men’s basketball team will attempt to play in their third Valley Tournament championship game in four seasons.

Jankovich and the Redbirds will be staying at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis. To reserve a room at the official Illinois State team hotel, call toll-free at (800) 325-7353 and reference the Illinois State Fan Block for the MVC men’s tournament. Or make your reservations online at www.millenniumhotels.com/millenniumstlouis and use the promo code 1103MVCFAN. More tournament information is available at www.archmadness.com

The following weekend, March 10-13, first-year head coach Stephanie Glance and her staff will have the ISU women’s basketball team ready to make its run at the Valley tournament title. The women’s edition of Arch Madness takes place at Family Arena, in St. Charles, Missouri.

The Redbirds will be staying at the Sheraton Lakeside Chalet in Westport, Missouri. Make your reservation today by calling toll-free at (888) 627-7066 and reference the Illinois State Fan Block for the MVC Women’s Tournament. To make reservations online, visit www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/illinoisstatefan. Go to www.mvcstcharles.com for more information about the women’s tournament.

Tickets for either tournament are available online at GoRedbirds.com or by calling the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000.

For more information about the men’s tournament, go online to archmadness.com; or mvcstcharles.com regarding the women’s basketball event.

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