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Old 01-07-2018, 08:41 AM
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Southern Illinois (10-7, 2-2) at Bradley (12-5, 2-2) Tuesday, January 9, 7:00 PM.
The game is viewable on ESPN3.com
http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/32448...y-m-basketball

WMBD radio-
http://www.1470wmbd.com/

Live stats-
http://www.sidearmstats.com/bradley/mbball/


MVC standings-
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...ley-conference

SIU is coming off an 83-72 loss at Valparaiso-
http://siusalukis.com/news/2018/1/6/...iso-83-72.aspx

SIU website-
http://siusalukis.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

SIU stats-
http://siuni_ftp.sidearmsports.com/c...statistics.pdf

Bradley stats-
http://www.bubraves.com/documents/20...dley_stats.pdf

MVC stats-
http://www.mvc.org/mbb/stats/confstat.htm
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:58 PM
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Need to win to get the confidence back
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:58 PM
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I’m confident we play great d and protect the home court.
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Old 01-08-2018, 12:36 PM
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After the teleconference this morning. SIU sounds really down. Why wouldn’t they be? Barry’s got his work cutout for him. We need to come out and really put it to them. BW was his usual self. Sounding like he’d rather be working on getting better than doing a post game interview or teleconference sounded sarcasticly happy he waited a hourish for one question. After previewing the SIU game tomorrow. Barry was very nice to us and our program. Thanks Barry . I love him and other than against us root for him.
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Old 01-08-2018, 12:45 PM
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After the teleconference this morning. SIU sounds really down. Why wouldn’t they be? Barry’s got his work cutout for him. We need to come out and really put it to them. BW was his usual self. Sounding like he’d rather be working on getting better than doing a post game interview or teleconference sounded sarcasticly happy he waited a hourish for one question. After previewing the SIU game tomorrow. Barry was very nice to us and our program. Thanks Barry . I love him and other than against us root for him.

Barry Hinson said he is down to 7 healthy players. He will hold another round of campus tryouts for walk-ons. There were 9 players who played in their game at Valparaiso on Saturday, so a couple of them must have been injured or aggravated previous injuries, though Hinson did not specify which players were out.

In other Valley news at today's coaches teleconference, Valparaiso announces that Joe Burton, who was suspended for academic issues, is permanently off the team and no longer enrolled at Valparaiso
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:57 PM
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McGill, Bol, and Wiley are out for the year with injuries

guard Aaron Cook was ill with flu and was doubtful - LINK
BUT -- just now they say he will make the trip to Peoria

The other "seven players" that their beat guy refers to are:
Smithpeters, Pippen, Fletcher, Bartley, Lloyd, Stradnieks, Gooch - LINK
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Game story from BradleyBraves.com
http://bradleybraves.com/news/2018/1...s-tuesday.aspx
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I expect Dr Jekyll to show up for this game.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:38 AM
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I think we come out and play well tonight protecting the home court!
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Old 01-09-2018, 05:20 PM
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This definitely feels like a juncture in the season where a win puts you back in the competitive half, and a loss could steer you toward the basement.

With 2 tough road games looming hereafter, this is an important game tonight.
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Bradley is a 6 point favorite in Las Vegas.
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:17 PM
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I took our loss to Evansville pretty hard. Didn't want to know more about it so I stayed away from bradleyfans.com till tonight. I was disappointed but I still believe in where we are headed. We are going to be pleased most of the time.

Against Evansville our guards were shut down. We didn't play well. We will play well tonight.

GO BRAVES!!
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For the past 7 years 3 or 4 of us old season ticket holders have met at B12's house in The Villages to watch our Braves. We would always have our dessert at half time if the game was worth watching and if not we would go home. This game has been so bad it was a very tough decision tonight but we had my favorite dessert so I stayed. This has got to get better or we will be a shoe in for Thursday night again.
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Final score: Bradley 68 SIU 62
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:07 PM
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This game has been so bad it was a very tough decision tonight but we had my favorite dessert so I stayed.
So wily, how was dessert?
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:36 PM
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PFC a lot better than the way we played. Thanks for asking. Hopefully we'll get better soon and it better be real soon.
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I have to admit, it was closer than I would have liked - we just give the ball up too easily.........
but SIU has no right to gripe about injuries and having no depth...cuz those are all the players Barry recruited - he had plenty of chance to get other kids...

Seriously - all their main guys are 3rd, 4th and even 5th year players, jucos & transfers with lots of experience...
We only have one guy who is a 4th year player and no 5th year guys - more than half our lineup are freshman and sophomores - SIU plays only one sophomore and have NO freshmen....


We still have a problem with bad, unforced turnovers and I think the stats guys missed a few..
SIU nearly doubled us up on points on turnovers, offensive rebounds and 2nd chance points....
we can't keep giving it back to opponents again and again...we have to value the possession better!
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Thankful for the W... But this was really hard to watch. Seems like we are falling off the rails a bit the past 2 games. What happened to Kennell?
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Nice 2nd half. Every time SIU challenged and was within a basket of catching Bradley, the Braves came back and scored to finally put it away.

Box score-
http://www.bubraves.com/documents/20...llinois_62.pdf

Attendance- 5,319

Bradley is now 13-5- that is as many wins as Bradley won all last season (they were 13-20 in 2016-17).
They are also 3-2 in the MVC and all alone in 4th place-
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...ngs/_/group/18

Donte Thomas was a stud tonight- Player of the Game- 22 points (8-10 from the floor, and 1-1 from three) and 7 rebounds, plus good defense.
Darrell Brown had a good game- 11 points, 5 assists with 0 turnovers.
DLO- 7 points, 6 rebounds, and good defense.
Jayden Hodgson- 11 points, and 4 steals! Plus some big free throws in the final minute.
Elijah Childs- 7 points 5 rebounds
Luuk 5 & 5
Nate- 5 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds

Coach Wardle played only 8 players tonight, and Stipo did not play.

A couple tings I wondered, and I am not second-guessing the coaching staff- SIU was shorthanded. Why not press them more, play more players, and force them into a faster tempo to tire them out?
And SIU had only 2 big men, and except for a 2-minute stretch in the 2nd half, they played 4 guards and 1 forward for 38 of the 40 minutes. Why doesn't Bradley try to take advantage of mismatches with guys like Luuk van Bree or Elijah Childs? Donte did well trying to go to the basket being guarded by a smaller man, but almost nobody else did.
It seemed like we were more concerned about matching up with them and it forced Bradley into a slower, half-court game.
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One other thing I noticed. Tonight's officiating crew was Mike Stuart, Gerry Pollard, and Kelly Self- 3 guys with a history of highly active whistles, and calling a ton of fouls. But tonight I thought they did a pretty good job and did not call many fouls. There were just 16 total fouls on each team, and only 38 free throw attempts combined. I thought they did miss a couple of out-of-bounds calls under the Bradley basket that appeared should have gone to Bradley but were awarded to SIU, but otherwise, they let the teams play without blowing their whistles so much.
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