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Arch Madness, In Pictures

ST. LOUIS -- You can't really see the arch from the main entrance to Arch Madness -- STL's biggest landmark is obscured by lesser parts of the skyline -- but on all other fronts, this is an excellent event. This is my first visit to the Missouri Valley Conference's tournament, which yielded a seismic, Illinois State-over-Wichita State upset in Saturday's first game. The Redbirds get their chance to steal an NCAA tournament bid this afternoon against Creighton. Below are photos from my pre-game wanderings around the Scottrade Center over the past two days, including a glorious shot of Nolan Richardson's vintage Tulsa banner:

The exterior of Scottrade (if you look closely enough, you'll find a guy sleeping against the building):

Arch Madness

View of warmups, from the hockey press box:

Arch Madness

Banners at Union Station, the former train depot that's been turned into a Marriott and a mostly vacant urban mall:

Arch Madness

The banner honoring the X-Man, Wichita State's star the last time they were this good:

The X-Man

Creighton fans lined up waiting to get into Sunday's final:

Fans Lined Up

They sell lottery tickets in arena vending machines. This is not what Gregg Marshall was talking about when he said he saw "a lot of strange things" at Scottrade, but it's strange nonetheless.

Lottery

Vintage Arch Madness poster from 1991:

Vintage Poster

The aforementioned Richardson banner (check out that chain!):

Nolan Richardson

Kevin Stallings, not really matching Nolan's swag:

Stallings

Health food offerings:

Funnel Cakes

A vintage St. Louis Hawks shooting shirt, with a checked pattern that needs to be revived:

St. Louis Hawks

I'll be back with a postgame file this afternoon.

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