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Bradley Basketball Game Notes: vs. SIU
Release: Friday 01/14/2013 

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Southern Illinois (8-8, 1-4) at Bradley (10-7, 2-3)
Jan. 15, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Peoria, Ill. – Carver Arena (11,168)
TV:  Comcast SportsNet Chicago – Brian Bedo (pbp) and Danny Adams (analyst)
Radio:  1470 WMBD - Dave Snell (pbp), Chad Kleine (analyst) and Dan DiOrio (pregame)
Twitter:  @BPtheBrave - #BRADvSIU
Tickets:  $8, $14, $20 based on location | Renaissance Coliseum Box Office (309-677-2625), Carver Arena Box Office or online at
Promotions:  Pregame presentation of the John Sanders Memorial Spirit of the Valley Award and halftime performance by Xtreme Karate


•   In-state rivals Bradley and Southern Illinois will meet for the second time this season when the Salukis visit Carver Arena Tuesday night.
   After earning a 66-60 win Jan. 2 at SIU Arena, Bradley will be shooting for its first season sweep against any league opponent since taking both games from both Drake and Evansville during the 2009-10 season and the Braves will be trying to sweep the regular-season series versus Southern Illinois for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign.
   In his nine seasons as the Missouri State head coach from 1999-2008, first-year Salukis coach Barry Hinson never suffered a season sweep to the Braves and five times responded to a loss in the season’s first matchup with a win in the return game.

   After missing the last four games due to suspension, Bradley senior center Will Egolf may return to action Tuesday - the Braves are 1-3 in Egolf’s absence with the lone win the 66-60 decision Jan. 2 at Southern Illinois.



Series History

84th Meeting | Bradley leads 43-40
   Tuesday’s game will be the 84th meeting in the all-time series between in-state Valley rivals Bradley and Southern Illinois.
   Bradley owns a 43-40 lead in the series, which dates back to a 31-23 Braves victory Dec. 21, 1927 at the Peoria Armory.
   The teams have split the last 10 meetings, 5-5, since the start of the 2008-09 season.
   Bradley is 25-13 all-time at home against the Salukis, including an 18-11 edge at Carver Arena.
   After earning a 66-60 win Jan. 2 at SIU Arena, Bradley is shooting for its first regular-season series sweep against the Salukis since the 2000-01 season.
   Second-year Bradley head coach Geno Ford is 1-2 against Southern Illinois and 1-0 against first-year Salukis head coach Barry Hinson.
   Hinson is 11-8 in his career against Bradley, 0-1 as the Southern Illinois head coach.


Recapping the First Meeting
Bradley 66, at Southern Illinois 60 | Jan. 2, 2013 | SIU Arena
   Bradley junior guard Walt Lemon, Jr. scored a game-high 20 points and took over down the stretch, leading the Braves to their first MVC road win since 2011.
   Though Bradley led most of the game, the Braves faced a 56-53 deficit following a Desmar Jackson basket with 3:33 remaining.
   Lemon answered with the next two baskets to give the Braves the lead for good and he either scored or assisted Bradley’s final five field goals.
   Lemon finished 8-for-11 shooting with five steals, four rebounds and three assists.
   The Braves overcame 17 turnovers and the absence of starting center Will Egolf for the first time this year.
   Recap and Box Score


No Sweeping Hinson
   In his nine years as the head coach at Missouri State, Barry Hinson never suffered a regular-season series sweep against Bradley.
   Five times during those nine seasons from 1999-2008 Bradley won the season’s first meeting, including once in Springfield, but Hinson’s Bears always responded with a return-game win to salvage the series split.


Early Series Completion
   Tuesday’s completion of the Bradley-Southern Illinois season series means for the third straight season Bradley will have completed a season series against one of its Valley rivals by the sixth game of the conference schedule.
   The early completion has not favored the Braves thus far.
   Indiana State completed a sweep in 2010-11 by winning Dec. 29 in Terre Haute (80-66) and Jan. 12 at Carver Arena (59-53).
   Wichita State completed its regular-season sweep against Bradley just six games into the 2011-12 season, winning 90-51 Dec. 28 at Carver Arena and 78-41 Jan. 13 in Wichita.


Congrats Dave and Dave
   Dave Snell, who is in his 34th season as the radio Voice of the Braves, will be presented the John Sanders Memorial Spirit of The Valley Award by MVC commissioner Doug Elgin in a pregame ceremony Tuesday night.
   In addition to the league award, Snell was voted the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year for the second time in his career last week.
   Peoria Journal Star Bradley Basketball beat writer Dave Reynolds last week also was voted the Illinois Sportswriter of the Year for the third time in four years.


Egolf Factor
   Bradley was 9-4 in the first 13 games this season with Will Egolf in action.
   The Braves are 1-3 in the last four games without Egolf and are trying to snap a season-long 3-game losing streak.
   Though the Braves have been without Egolf’s 8.6 ppg and 3-point shooting, the biggest difference in has absence has been at the defensive end.
   Egolf still leads the Braves with 59 defensive rebounds and the Braves have allowed the opposition to shoot 55.6 percent from inside the 3-point line the last four games.
   In the season’s first 13 games with Egolf, the opposition shot just 42.9 percent from inside the arc.


Looking Ahead
   Bradley will wrap up its brief, 2-game home stand Saturday by hosting Missouri State in a 1 p.m. game at Carver Arena.
   Bradley has lost four straight to the Bears and will be trying to avoid matching its longest losing streak in the history of the series, which began with a 5-game slide against the MSU.


4 Millionth Fan
   Bradley is expected to welcome the 4 millionth Carver Arena fan Jan. 29 when the Braves host Interstate 74 rival Illinois State.
   In its 31st year playing its home games at Carver Arena, Bradley has drawn 3,976,207 fans to the downtown Peoria arena.


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