Bradley (10-5) at Indiana State (9-5)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 9, 7:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hulman Center (10,200) -- Terre Haute, Indiana.
Television: None. Home Record: Bradley 7-2, Indiana State 4-1. Away Record:
Bradley 3-1, Indiana State 3-3. Neutral Record: Bradley 0-2, Indiana State
2-1. Conference Record: Bradley 2-1, Indiana State 2-1. Series Record: Bradley
GAME NOTES: One of three teams in the Missouri Valley Conference already with
double-digit wins, the Bradley Braves try to keep the Indiana State Sycamores
from reaching that plateau on Wednesday night as the teams clash at the Hulman
Center in Terre Haute.
Trailing only Creighton and Wichita State for the best record among MVC
programs, Bradley just bowed to the Shockers at home three days ago in a 69-63
final. The loss snapped a brief two-game win streak for a squad, which put
together an 8-2 mark out of the gates against some lesser-known opponents.
As for the Sycamores, a squad which has won four of five home dates this
season, they too just suited up against one of the power teams from the
conference in Creighton, falling to the nationally-ranked Bluejays by a score
of 79-66 last Saturday. The defeat snapped a three-game win streak for the
squad and dropped it to 2-1 in league play, which is where Bradley is at the
moment as well.
Bradley leads the series against the Sycamores by a count of 48-29, but in
games played at Indiana State the host owns a 19-17 mark.
On Sunday afternoon at Carver Arena, Bradley had four starters score in double
figures, but still that wasn't enough as the team suffered the six-point
setback against visiting Wichita State. Dyricus Simms-Edwards and Walt Lemon
both tallied 15 points and handed out five assists, the latter adding eight
rebounds, while Jake Eastman and Tyshon Pickett registered 11 and 10 points,
respectively, in a game that featured 10 ties and 12 lead changes. Although he
is shooting just 26.5 percent behind the 3-point line, Lemon is still a vital
part of the Bradley offense with both his 13.8 ppg and his 53 assists which is
tied with Simms-Edwards (11.2 ppg) for the team lead. Pickett (11.5 ppg) is
one of the guys who handles the action in the paint with 6.5 rpg and will
probably be asked to do even more with Will Egolf (8.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg) being
The Sycamores went from shooting a mere 31.0 percent from the floor in the
first half and a 27-27 tie at the break against Creighton to 59.1 percent
accuracy over the final 20 minutes and an unexpected double-digit loss. Jake
Odum and Manny Arop both tallied 13 points for the visitors, while Justin Gant
tacked on 12 points as the team finished the meeting with 7-of-14 shooting
beyond the arc, and still a tally in the loss column. Odum, never one to shy
away from taking a shot from anywhere on the floor, is converting 47.4 percent
of his attempts for his 14.6 ppg, but at the same time he is also the one
responsible for putting his teammates in scoring situations with his 61
assists. Arop (12.8 ppg) is the other double-digit scorer who would be wise to
focus more on his interior efforts (5.6 rpg) than his 3-point shooting (.296).
Bradley has piled up a considerable number of wins against weaker foes thus
far, so the team's inflated record might be considered somewhat sketchy. The
loss of Egolf also hurts the team's chances in this meeting with ISU.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Indiana State 69, Bradley 63
01/09 10:39:40 ET