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What is Arch Madness?

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Arch Madness refers to the annual Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament. The single-elimination tournament takes place over four days in early March each year and is played at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

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MVC teams are seeded one through 10 based on their performance in conference play during the regular season. The opening day of the tournament features the No. 8 and 9 seeds and No. 7 and No. 10 seeds squaring off. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receive first round byes and play the winners on the second day of action, along with games between the No. 4 and 5 seeds and No. 3 and 6 seeds. The winner of the Sunday championship game receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.

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