Missouri State headed into tournament selection with a 20-8 record. They had regular season losses to Arkansas, Creighton, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Bradley, and Wichita State. They lost twice to Wichita State. They won their other conference games against Creighton, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Bradley. They lost in the first round of their conference tournament to Northern Iowa.
The final records and RPI's (heading into tournament selection) of the teams they lost to were: Arkansas (22-9, 45), Creighton (19-9, 46), Northern Iowa (23-9, 35), Southern Illinois (22-10, 37*), Bradley (20-10, 25), and Wichita State (24-8, 19).
Despite their RPI of 21, all of the teams they lost to made the tournament, except for Creighton.
* = Southern Illinois won the MVC tournament, getting the auto-bid