#3 Michigan (6-0) at Bradley (5-1)
Dec. 1, 2012 - 3 p.m. (CST)
Peoria, Ill. – Carver Arena (11,168)
TV: ESPNU – Jim Barbar (pbp) and Bruce Peal (analyst)
Radio: 1470 WMBD - Dave Snell (pbp), Chad Kleine (analyst) and Dan DiOrio (pregame)
Video Streaming: WatchESPN.com
Twitter: @BPtheBrave - #BRADvMICH
Bradley is hosting a Top 3 opponent for the first time in Carver Arena history (since 1982) … Ranked No. 3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls, Michigan is the highest-ranked non-conference team to ever visit Bradley and is the highest-ranked opponent to visit Peoria since #2 Wichita State left Robertson Fieldhouse with a 55-47 loss Jan. 9, 1982 … Bradley is 6-22 all-time against teams ranked among the top three in the country, but the Braves are 6-5 in home games against the Top 3 … Though Michigan owns a 6-1 lead in the all-time series against Bradley, the Braves won the only previous meeting at Carver Arena, a 74-67 triumph Dec. 8, 1997 that is popularly remembered in Peoria by Eric Roberson’s follow slam over Robert “Tractor” Traylor … Saturday’s game against the Wolverines opens a season-long, 4-game home stand for the Braves, which will continue Tuesday night against George Washington, then will be suspended for Fall semester final exams before resuming Dec. 17 against Georgia Southern.
Michigan Leads 6-1 | Last: #19 Michigan, 77-67 (Dec. 22, 2011 at Crisler Arena)
Today’s game will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Braves and Wolverines, a series that dates back to Michigan’s 46-30 home victory Jan. 3, 1928 … Bradley won the only previous meeting in Peoria, however, earning a 74-67 triumph Dec. 8, 1997 at Carver Arena … Today’s game completes a 2-year home-and-home series, which started last season when the 19th-ranked Wolverines took a 77-66 decision at Crisler Arena.
Both the Bradley and Michigan rosters feature NBA family ties … Bradley senior forward Jake Eastman is the son of Boston Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman and interned for the Celtics this past summer … Braves sophomore guard Jalen Crawford is the younger brother of current Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford and current European professional player Joe Crawford II … The Michigan roster features three sons of former NBA stars: Tim Hardaway, Jr.; Jon Horford (Tito) and Glenn Robinson III.
The Hardaway Family is 1-1 all-time against Bradley … A star point guard at UTEP before beginning his lengthy NBA career, Tim Hardaway’s Miners suffered an 83-65 loss to Bradley in the first round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament (Hardaway was scoreless with two assists in 10 minutes off the bench) … Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 16 points and added five assists in last year’s 77-66 Wolverines victory against Bradley.
Last Time Out
Bradley 82, at Central Michigan 65 | Nov. 28, 2012 | Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Junior forwards Tyshon Pickett and Jordan Prosser both scored 17 points, leading five Braves in double-figures to highlight Wednesday’s 82-65 win at Central Michigan … With Pickett (8-12) and Prosser (8-11) combining to make 16-of-23 field goal attempts, the Braves dominated the paint with a 66-24 scoring advantage … The Braves held Central Michigan without a field goal for the final 4:11 of the first half and the final 6:08 of the second half.
After finishing 7-25 last season, Bradley completed this season’s first month with a 5-1 record … The five wins equals the 2006-07 and 2007-08 squads, both 5-2, for the most November wins in program history … By adding Wednesday’s 82-65 win at Central Michigan to the 79-72 win Nov. 17 at IUPUI, Bradley won two November road games for the first time in program history.
The Braves also will host George Washington Dec. 4 before taking a 2-week break for Fall semester final exams … After finals, Bradley will welcome Georgia Southern (Dec. 17) and Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 19) for the first two rounds of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.