The 71-51 triumph, which almost certainly ended the Redbirds NCAA Tournament hopes, was paced by Conner Frankamp who led the Shockers with 19 points.
Markis McDuffie and Landry Shamet were also in double figures for Gregg Marshall’s side who have been widely linked with a move to the American Athletic Conference.
Both Butler and Creighton took advantage of their higher profile in basketball to move into more prestigious Conferences and it appears that the American could be a good fit for the Shockers, who do not play football, given Navy’s participation in the Patriot League for basketball.
Illinois State will now need to await their fate on Selection Sunday.
While at least one prominent bracketologist, Joe Lunardi of ESPN, has the Redbirds in the Tournament, the reality is that being last one in on the bubble, means the likelihood that Illinois State would get bumped by any unfancied team winning a Conference title and an automatic bid.
Meanwhile over in the Big Ten the Badgers of Wisconsin ended their regular season on a high note. Losers of three in a row and five of six down the stretch, the Badgers took care of a useful Minnesota side 66-49 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
That was enough to secure the second seed in the Big Ten Conference Tournament due to take place at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.