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Bradley Basketball Game Notes: Chicago State
Release: Friday 11/14/2013 

2013-14 Bradley Basketball Game Notes
Game 3 | Chicago State (2-1) at Bradley (3-0)
Global Sports Invitational

The Bradley men's basketball team will host its fourth game in eight days when the Braves welcome Chicago State to Carver Arena for the start of a 7 p.m. Bradley Basketball doubleheader.  Friday's game will be Bradley's third of four contests in the Global Sports Invitational multi-team exempt event.  The Bradley women's basketball team will host Stony Brook immediately after the completion of the men's game at Carver Arena.

Game Details

Who Chicago State Cougars (2-1) at Bradley Braves (3-0)
What Global Sports Invitational - 3rd Round
When Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 | 7:00 p.m.
Where Peoria, Ill. | Carver Arena
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Series Bradley leads 2-1 | Last:  Bradley 82-65 Nov. 28, 2012 at Central Michigan
Game Notes Bradley Pregame Notes Packet | Chicago State Game Notes


Exempt Event Resumes
•  After taking a game off to host Central Michigan Tuesday night, Bradley will resume its participation in the 4-game, Global Sports Invitational Friday night when the Braves host Chicago State in a third-round game at Carver Arena.
•  The Braves are shooting for a 4-0 start for the first time since 2010-11 and just the third time since 1985-86.
•  Bradley is 13-0 all-time against Chicago State, winning 10 of the 13 games by double-digits, including each of the last four.

Bradley Doubleheader
•  Friday’s game against Chicago State will be the first half of a rare Bradley Basketball doubleheader.
•  The Bradley women’s basketball team will host Stony Brook immediately following the men’s game, approximately 9:30 p.m., at Carver Arena.
•  Men’s or women’s tickets for Friday night will provide admission for both games.
•  The Bradley women are 11-4 all-time at Carver Arena, most-recently rolling to a 77-49 win against Jackson State Dec. 18, 2004.

Series History
Bradley Leads 13-0
•  Bradley has won all 13 meetings in the series against Chicago State, which dates to a 127-66 win Feb. 27, 1971 at Robertson Fieldhouse.
•  The 13 wins against Chicago State are the most Bradley has accumulated against any opponent without suffering a loss.
•  North Dakota (12-0) is second on the list.
•  Friday’s game will be the first in the series since the Braves earned a 68-58 win Nov. 26, 2005 at Carver Arena.
•  Bradley is 8-0 all-time at Carver Arena against the Cougars.

In-Season Tourney History
•  Including its 2-0 start in this year’s Global Sports Invitational, Bradley is 63-61 (.508) all-time in regular-season tournament play.
•  Bradley is 21-3 (.875) all-time in regular-season tournament home games, including 19-2 (.905) at Carver Arena.
•  By playing in the 2013 Global Sports Invitational, the Braves are competing in an exempt, multi-team event (MTE) for the eighth consecutive season.
•  Bradley is 19-11 (.633) in its last eight multi-team events, including 13-1 (.929) in its MTE home games.

The Last Time Out
at Bradley 80, Central Michigan 70Tuesday, Nov. 12 | Peoria, Ill. | Carver Arena
•  Despite playing its first game without suspended center Jordan Prosser and its third game in five days, Bradley used its best rebounding performance in eight years to muscle past Central Michigan, 80-70, Tuesday night.
•  Bradley outrebounded the Chippewas, 50-28, for its best rebound total since snaring 56 Dec. 30, 2005 at Wichita State and its widest rebound margin since another +22 advantage against Indiana State Jan. 21, 2006.
•  Senior forward Tyshon Pickett led the charge with his second double-double of the year: 19 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.
•  One-time Central Michigan walk-on Auston Barnes added career-highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds in his first double-double performance, while junior center Chris Blake chipped in with 10 boards of his own.
•  Bradley shot 50.8 percent from the field and limited Central Michigan to 35.3 percent, including 6-for-30 (.200) from 3-point range.

4-0 Starts
•  When Bradley hosts Chicago State Friday night, the Braves will be shooting for their first 4-0 start since 2010-11.
•  Bradley has opened 28 of its first 109 seasons with at least four straight wins, but just twice since 1985-86 (9-0).
•  The 2006-07 Braves began 5-0 en route to a 22-13 final record and the second round of the NIT.
•  The 2010-11 Braves went in the opposite direction, finishing 12-20 overall following their 4-0 opening.

November Home Record
•  Bradley is 69-44 (.611) all-time in November games, but the Braves are 58-4 (.935) all-time in November home games.
•  Third-year Braves head coach Geno Ford is 11-4 (.733) overall during the month of November, including 9-1 (.900) at home.

Hitting the Boards
•  Bradley lost the rebounding battle in the season-opener to Jacksonville State, 33-32, but in the last two games combined, the Braves boast a +38 rebound margin.
•  Through three games, the Braves are averaging 41.7 rebounds per game, while allowing 29.3 boards per game, good for a +12.3 rebound margin on the season.
•  Bradley has not finished a season with a positive rebound margin since the 2005-06 Sweet 16 campaign (+3.1 per game).
•  Bradley has not averaged at least 40 rebounds per game since 1987-88 (40.5).
•  The Braves have not finished a season with at least a +5.0 rebounding margin per game since 1963-64 (+7.8), nor a positive double-digit margin since 1960-61 (+13.3).

3-Point Defense Improves
•  In Bradley’s two preseason home games, the Braves allowed NCAA Division II programs Upper Iowa (14-27) and West Virginia Wesleyan (12-34) combine to make 26-of-61 (.426) 3-point field goal attempts.
•  The two teams averaged 13.0 treys, while Bradley countered by making just 6-of-27 (.222) long range attempts in the two exhibitions.
•  During Bradley’s extended, 6-game preseason, the Braves made just 20-of-95 (.211) 3-point field goal attempts.
•  Bradley has made 34.8 percent (16-of-46) 3-point tries in the first three counting games.
•  More notabley, the Braves have limited Jacksonville State (3-16), Alabama State (3-24) and Central Michigan (6-30) to just 4.0 treys per game on 17.1 percent shooting from the arc.

Historic Stat Stuffer
•  Walt Lemon, Jr. completed the 2012-13 season with 545 points, 147 rebounds, 133 assists and 75 steals.
•  Lemon joined Bradley legend Hersey Hawkins, the 1987-88 national player of the year, as the only players in school and MVC history to score 500 points, snare 100 boards, dish out 100 assists and make off with 70 steals in a season.
•  Based on his 3-game averages, Lemon is on pace to achieve the quadruple again this season.

All About The Steals
•  Bradley led the Missouri Valley Conference and tied for 10th nationally by averaging 9.1 steals per game last season.
•  Though the Braves graduated 2013 MVC Defensive Player of the Year Dyricus Simms-Edwards, the steal still should be an important weapon for the Braves in 2013-14.
•  The Braves are racked up 19 steals in the first two games, but managed just two Tuesday night against Central Michigan.

Newcomer Contributions
•  Bradley’s lineup includes seven eligible newcomers and all seven have played in each of Bradley’s first three games.
•  Collectively, the seven new players are averaging 38.7 ppg and 18.7 ppg.
•  Sophomore guard Omari Grier, a transfer from Florida Atlantic, is Bradley’s second-leading scorer at 14.3 ppg and junior forward Auston Barnes (Odessa College) adds 12.0 pg and 7.3 rpg following his double-double Tuesday.
•  Grier (10), Barnes (3) and freshman guard Jordan Swopshire have combined for 14 of Bradley’s 16 3-point field goals through three games.

Early Deep Bench
•  Head coach Geno Ford has not been shy about using his bench in the first three games.
•  Ford utilized 11 players by halftime in each of Bradley’s first two games and 10 players are averaging better than 8.0 minutes per game in the early going.
•  Thus far, the bench has been productive as Bradley’s reserves have outscored their counterparts in each of the three games and by a 49-40 cumulative total.

Looking Ahead
•  Bradley will play its first road game of the season Sunday when the Braves visit Illinois for a 5 p.m tip at State Farm Center in their final game of the Global Sports Invitational.
•  Illinois owns a 13-3 lead in the all-time series, including an 8-1 edge in Champaign.
•  Sunday’s game will be just the second between the two teams at the State Farm Center (formerly Assembly Hall).
•  The only other game at SFC resulted in a 69-59 Illinois win Nov. 17, 1997 to kick off a 3-year series.
•  Bradley won the most-recent meeting, 72-68, Nov. 28, 2009 in the final round of the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena.

Big Media Numbers
•  Dave Snell has served as the radio Voice of the Braves the last 34 seasons and has participated in 1,053 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 716 consecutive Bradley games since taking over the beat for the start of the 1990-91 season.
•  In his 38th season, public address announcer Paul Herzog has been at the mic for 545 Bradley Basketball home games.


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