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VALLEY FORGING: The WICHITA EAGLE reports the Missouri Valley Conference is "looking for a title sponsor" for its men's basketball tournament, on top of its search for a new host city, and a "city-sponsor package may be attractive." The MVC lost State Farm as a title sponsor in '12. MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin said, "We are aggressively pursuing title sponsor candidates. We have some markets that are very aggressively pursuing securing one or more events from us." Wichita State Senior Associate AD/External Operations Darron Boatright said that the MVC "is right to check out options." He added of Scottrade Center, where the tournament is currently held, "We would agree this facility is looking a little tired. St. Louis has been a fantastic host. It’s obvious St. Louis was the best (site) for a long time, and maybe it still is. I’d like to see this facility get updated in some areas." Elgin earlier this month said that K.C. "is an attractive option." However, Las Vegas "is not as attractive." Boatright said that Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall "isn't a fan of the Vegas atmosphere." But Elgin said that MVC ADs suggested that the conference include Las Vegas "in the process" (WICHITA EAGLE, 3/24).