Brayon Freeman led Rhode Island over Illinois State on Wednesday with 21 points in a 57-44 victory.
Emmanuel Akot had 14 points in Western Kentucky’s 78-66 win over Illinois State on Tuesday.
Illinois State quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse ran for an 8-yard touchdown in overtime to help the Redbirds beat winless Western Illinois 20-13.
Mark Gronowski threw for 283 yards with a touchdown and he added a rushing score, and South Dakota Sate beat Illinois State 31-7 to run the table in the Missouri Valley Football Conference for the first time in program history.
Luke Kasubke and Malachi Poindexter each hit two clutch free throws in the final 15 seconds to earn Illinois State a 54-49 win over Eastern Illinois on Thursday.
Alec Rosner’s 25 points helped Western Illinois defeat Illinois State 71-68 in a season opener on Monday.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse, in his first start, ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Redbirds took a 17-13 lead at the half.
The FCS fourth-ranked Bison (6-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) rebounded from their 23-21 loss to South Dakota State that ended a three-game win streak.
The Redbirds took a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on Annexstad's 9-yard run and his touchdown passes of 56 yards to Jalen Carr and 18 yards to Brock Annexstad.
Trailing 10-6 late in the third quarter, Zack Annexstad threw to Jerome Buckner for 41 yards and a first down at the South Dakota 3-yard line.
Illinois State scored the final touchdown of the night on Zack Annexstad's 2-yard toss to Daniel Sobkowicz with 9:55 remaining.
Braelon Allen had a 96-yard touchdown scamper for the longest run from scrimmage in program history and John Torchio had the school’s longest interception return as the 18th-ranked Badgers trounced Championship Subdivision program Illinois State 38-0 on Saturday night.
The sound of Caitlin Clark hitting the floor and the sight of her limping when she got up was enough to quiet a sellout home crowd.
The fourth-seeded Redbirds will make their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2008.
The Redbirds last week announced the hiring of Ryan Pedon, an assistant coach at Ohio State University. He replaces Dan Muller, who was fired Feb. 13 in his 10th season at ISU.
AJ Green had 17 points as Northern Iowa beat Illinois State 78-65 in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Antonio Reeves registered 15 points as eighth-seeded Illinois State defeated ninth-seeded Indiana State 58-53 in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament’s opener on Thursday night.
Howard Fleming Jr. added 20 points for the Redbirds (12-19, 5-13 Missouri Valley Conference), who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Ben Coupet Jr. had 22 points as Southern Illinois easily defeated Illinois State 90-69 on Wednesday night.
Aher Uguak registered 17 points and seven rebounds as Loyola Chicago got past Illinois State 59-50 on Monday night.