Bradley (10-6, 2-2) at Northern Iowa (8-8, 1-3)
Jan. 12, 2013 – 1 p.m. (CST)
Cedar Falls, Iowa – McLeod Center (6,650)
TV: MVC-TV – John Rooney (pbp) and Mac McCausland (analyst)
Radio: 1470 WMBD - Dave Snell (pbp), Chad Kleine (analyst) and Dan DiOrio (pregame)
Twitter: @BPtheBrave - #BRADvUNI
Tickets: $18 | McLeod Ticket Office (877-216-3663) or online at unipanthers.com
• For the second time this season, Bradley will try to halt a season-long, 2-game losing streak when the Braves visit Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon.
• Saturday’s game will be televised on the MVC-TV Network, which includes FOX Sports Midwest and Comcast SportsNet Plus in the Central Illinois market, as well as FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports Atlantic and ESPN3 outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
• Saturday’s game will be the 48th meeting in the all-time series.
• Though Bradley still owns a 27-20 lead in the all-time series, UNI has won 11 of the last 15 meetings since the start of the 2006-07 season, including each of the last four at the McLeod Center.
• UNI, which has dropped five of its last seven overall, has dropped two straight home games and will be trying to avoid its first 3-game home losing streak since the final three games of the 2010-11 regular season.
LAST TIME OUT
at Indiana State 68, Bradley 53 | Jan. 9, 2013 | Terre Haute, Ind.
• A cold-shooting night got worse when the Braves managed only one field goal in the final 8:24, allowing Indiana State to separate in an eventual 68-53 loss.
• Bradley managed 22 more field goal attempts than its host, but the Braves were just 21-for-66 (.318) shooting, including 18-for-58 (.310) from 2-point range.
• Despite the cold shooting, Bradley trailed just 48-45 following a Jalen Crawford 3-point play with 8:25 remaining, but Crawford’s 3-pointer with 2:01 left was its only field goal the rest of the way.
• After going six years without improving its win total from one year to the next, Bradley already has improved its victory total this year for the first time since 2006.
QUICK TO 10
• Bradley earned its 10th win of the season Jan. 2 at Southern Illinois.
• The Braves earned their 10th victory by the first game of January for just the third time in the last 45 years.
Season 10th W W-L Final
1967-68 Jan. 4 10-3 19-9
1985-86 Dec. 29 10-1 32-3
2006-07 Dec. 30 10-4 22-13
2012-13 Jan. 2 10-4 TBD
48th Meeting | Bradley leads 27-20
• Though Bradley owns a 27-20 lead in the all-time series against Northern Iowa, the Panthers have dominated the series the last six years.
• UNI has won 11 of the last 15 meetings since the start of the 2006-07 season.
• The Panthers are 13-7 all-time at home against Bradley, including 5-1 at the McLeod Center.
• With a win Saturday, UNI would earn it fifth straight home win against Bradley for the first time in series history.
• In his seventh year as the head coach at UNI, Ben Jacobson has dominated The Valley’s three Illinois teams.
• In addition to his 11-4 record against Bradley, Jacobson also is 11-4 against Illinois State and is 10-3 against Southern Illinois.
• The 11 wins against Bradley and ISU are his most against any Valley team and his .769 winning percentage against Southern Illinois is his best against any Valley team.
• While Jacobson is a combined 32-11 (.744) against The Valley’s three teams from the Land of Lincoln, he is 41-35 (.539) against the league’s other six teams.
FOR COMPARISON’S SAKE
• It is not difficult to identify the reasons behind Bradley’s improved play through the first 16 games of this season compared to last year:
Stat Category 2012-13 2011-12
Record 10-6, 2-2 7-25, 2-16
Points Per Game 69.0 61.1
Scoring Defense 62.1 70.5
Field Goal % .440 .401
Field Goal % Defense .406 .454
Rebounds Per Game 35.0 32.9
Rebound Margin -1.2 -4.2
Assists Per Game 13.4 10.8
Turnovers Per Game 11.9 13.7
Turnover Margin +5.1 -0.7
Steals Per Game 11.2 6.4
Paint Points Per Game 35.6 25.6
Paint Points Allowed 24.0 30.9
Points off Turnovers 18.4 13.2
Points Allowed off TO’s 10.8 15.1
Bench Scoring Margin +1.1 -4.2
SCORING PACE SLOWS
• Though Bradley’s offensive production is still up 7.9 points per game compared to last season (69.0-61.1 ppg), the scoring pace has slowed in the last six games.
• The Braves have not scored as many as 70 points since their 77-42 win Dec. 19 versus Mississippi Valley State.
• Bradley is averaging just 61.5 ppg in the last six games while shooting just 39.1 percent from the field.
RECORD STEALS PACE
• Through Wednesday’s action, Bradley ranked fourth nationally by averaging 11.19 steals per game.
• Based on a minimum of 32 games, the Braves are on pace to finish the year with 358 steals, 55 more than the school record (303 in 1986 and 1982) and 17 more than the MVC record (345 by Tulsa in 1984).
MVC Steals in a Season
1. 345 Tulsa 1983-84
2. 337 Drake 1993-94
3. 322 Southern Illinois 2004-05
4. 321 Drake 2003-04
5. 303 Bradley 1985-86
303 Bradley 1981-82
• Senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards ranks third nationally by averaging 3.38 steals per game.
• Many of Simms-Edwards’ 54 steals to date have happened by simply ripping the ball away from the player he has been guarding, a play described as an “hombre play” by head coach Geno Ford.
• Simms-Edwards currently is on pace for 108 steals this season, which would shatter the school record (83) and make him the first-ever Valley player to eclipse the century mark.
MVC Single-Season Steals Top 10
108* Dyricus Simms-Edwards, BU 2012-13
1. 96 Paul Pressey, Tulsa 1980-81
2. 94 Bryan Mullins, SIU 2005-06
3. 92 Nate Green, INS 1999-00
92 Darren Brooks, SIU 2004-05
5. 85 Larry Bird, INS 1978-79
6. 83 Willie Scott, BU 1982-83
7. 82 Hersey Hawkins, BU 1987-88
82 Arnold Bernard, MoSt 1990-91
9. 80 Kevin Ault, MoSt 1998-99
80 Ryan Sears, CU 1999-00
80 Andy Woodley, UNI 2000-01
* based on 3.38 steals per game for 32 games
• While Bradley’s defense has been turning over the opposition with success, the Braves are tied for 44th nationally by averaging just 11.9 turnovers per game.
• Through Wednesday action, Bradley ranked third nationally with a 0.94 steals/turnover ratio (VCU was first at 1.08).
• Bradley ranked 289th last season with a 0.79 assists-to-turnover ratio, but the Braves have improved that ratio to 1.12 this year, which was tied for 81st nationally through games of Jan. 9.
• Bradley has committed fewer than 10 turnovers six times this season, including twice in the first four Valley games.
National Steals-To-Turnover Ratio
Rk. School Ratio Steals TO’s
1. VCU 1.08 217 201
2. Louisville 0.95 172 182
3. Bradley 0.94 179 191
4. Wisconsin 0.83 108 130
5. Detroit 0.82 137 168
• Not only does Dyricus Simms-Edwards rank third nationally by averaging 3.38 steals per game, but he has been harassing without fouling.
• At 2.35 steals per personal foul, Simms-Edwards leads the nation in steals per personal foul and Gonzaga’s David Stockton (2.13) is the only other player averaging better than 1.79.
• Simms-Edwards has been whistled for just 25 fouls in 16 games, 1.6 per game, helping him remain on the floor for 33.6 minutes per game.
• Not only does Dyricus Simms-Edwards rank second nationally with 54 steals, but he also ranks third by averaging 2.16 steals per turnover.
• Simms-Edwards boasts 54 steals against just 25 turnovers, easily the best ratio among Bradley players since steal and turnover records were routinely kept starting in 1980-81.
• Senior forward Jake Eastman also makes the list of best steals-to-turnover ratio at 1.39 through this season’s first 16 games.
• The last Brave to play at least 10 minutes per game with more steals than turnovers was Chris Roberts in 2009-10 (47 steals, 44 turnovers).
Bradley Single-Season Steals-to-Turnover
1. 2.16 D. Simms-Edwards 54-25 2012-13
2. 1.67 Danny Adams 25-15 2006-07
3. 1.39 Jake Eastman 25-18 2012-13
4. 1.38 Greg Jones 11-8 1987-88
5. 1.21 Bobby Ford 29-24 1980-81
6. 1.07 Chris Roberts 47-44 2009-10
7. 1.01 Eric Roberson 70-69 1999-00
• The ridiculous steals numbers by Dyricus Simms-Edwards have overshadowed the defensive work turned in by Bradley scoring leader Walt Lemon, Jr.
• In addition to leading the Braves in both scoring (13.9 ppg) and assists (3.5 apg), Lemon is averaging 2.3 steals per game.
• Lemon actually ranks second in The Valley and 28th nationally in steals per game.
• The Bradley backcourt combo of Dyricus Simms-Edwards (3.38) and Walt Lemon, Jr. (2.31) ranks second nationally by combining to average 5.69 steals per game.
• The Bradley duo combine to average more steals per game than Drake (5.67), Indiana State (5.5) and Missouri State (5.1), as well as 64 other teams across the country.
• Simms-Edwards (4.5) and Lemon (3.0) are combining for 7.5 steals per game in league play, which would rank second in The Valley behind only Wichita State (9.5) - Bradley actually leads the league at 10.8 steals per game, but only 3.3 after subtracting the Simms-Edwards and Lemon numbers.
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
• Bradley’s work on the defensive end has been significant to its offensive production.
• The Braves lead The Valley with a +5.1 turnover margin and are forcing 17.0 turnovers per game.
• Bradley has attempted 70 more field goals than the opposition (930-860), for an average of 4.4 more field goal attempts per game.
• Bradley is averaging 18.4 points per game off turnovers and 15.9 points per game in transition.
DEFENDING THE VALLEY ARC
• Since league play has started, Bradley has been the best Valley team at defending the 3-point shot.
• Bradley’s first four Valley opponents have combined to shoot just 16-for-71 (.225) from 3-point range.
• While Bradley has allowed only 4.0 treys per game through the first four rounds of league play, Creighton (8.0), Indiana State (8.0) and Drake (10.5) are allowing at least twice that average.
THAT 70’S SHOW
• Bradley has scored at least 72 points in seven of its first 10 wins.
• The Braves, which are 10-1 the last two years when scoring at least 70 points, reached that plateau just four times during all of 2011-12.
BENCH DROP OFF
• Though Bradley’s bench has outscored its counterparts by 18 points to date this season, the production among the reserves has dropped off considerably of late.
• In the last five games, Bradley’s bench has been outscored 98-35.
• In the last five games, the reserves are averaging 7.0 ppg on 28.6 percent (14-49) shooting from the field and 20.0 percent (2-10) from 3-point range, as well as just 5.4 rpg.
BATTLE OF THE PAINT
• Through the season’s first 16 games, Bradley has outscored the opposition by 11.6 points per game in the paint.
• Overall, the Braves own a 569-384 season scoring margin in the paint.
• Bradley is 10-1 when it outscores the opposition in the paint and 0-5 when the opponents own the paint scoring advantage.
• Bradley’s 35-point margin of victory Dec. 19 versus Mississippi Valley State was the team’s widest since an 88-49 (+39) win over Wright State Dec. 5, 2006.
• The Braves now have won six games by at least 17 points and enjoy an overall +6.9 points-per-game scoring margin for the season.
• Bradley had not won as many as six games in a season by at least 17 points since also earning six such wide-margined victories in 2006-07.
• Bradley has not won as many as seven games by at least 17 points since 2005-06 (8).
• Senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards is Bradley’s active career scoring leader with 1,001 career points.
• Simms-Edwards became the 45th member of Bradley’s 1,000-Point Club Wednesday night.
• Junior guard Walt Lemon, Jr. enters Saturday’s game with 823 career points.
• Currently averaging a team-best 13.9 ppg, Lemon is on pace to join the 1,000-Point Club in the Feb. 23 BracketBusters game.
BIG MEDIA NUMBERS
• Dave Snell is in his 34th season as the radio Voice of the Braves and has participated in 1,031 Bradley Basketball game broadcasts, all in succession, on 1470 WMBD since taking over play-by-play duties for the 1979-80 season.
• Peoria Journal Star beat writer Dave Reynolds has covered 694 consecutive Bradley games since taking over the beat for the start of the 1990-91 season.
• In addition, public address announcer Paul Herzog has announced 534 Bradley Basketball home games.
• Bradley will return to Carver Arena for a 2-game home stand next week, beginning with Tuesday night’s return game against Southern Illinois.
• The game against the Salukis will be televised by Bradley on Comcast SportsNet Chicago with Brian Bedo and Danny Adams calling the action.
• After earning a 66-60 win Jan. 2 at Southern Illinois, the Braves will be shooting for a season-series sweep against the Salukis, a team Bradley has not swept since 2000-01.
• Bradley has not swept a Valley opponent since taking both games from Drake and Evansville in 2009-10.
• The Braves will host Missouri State in a 1 p.m. affair Saturday at Carver Arena.