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Bradley Basketball Game Notes: at Milwaukee
Release: Thursday 12/06/2013 

2013-14 Bradley Basketball Game Notes
Game 9 | Bradley (5-3) at Milwaukee (8-2)

Bradley will try to snap a 4-game road losing streak Saturday when the Braves visit Horizon League member Milwaukee for a 3 p.m. non-conference game at the Klotsche Center, Milwaukee's on-campus arena.  Boasting an 8-2 record, the Panthers already have matched last year's win total (8-24) and boast the best won-loss record to date of any of Bradley's 13 non-conference opponents.

Details Bradley Braves (5-3) at Milwaukee Panthers (8-2)
When Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 | 3:00 p.m. CST
Where Milwaukee, Wis. | Klotsche Center (3,400)
Tickets $10
Television N/A
Radio 1470 WMBD - Dave Snell (pbp), Chad Kleine (analyst) and Dan DiOrio (pregame)
Live Audio Bradley All-Access (Live Events Tab) | Audio only
Live Video Horizon League Network
Live Stats Gametracker
Twitter @BradleySIDLive | #BRADvUWM
Series Series tied 2-2 | Last: Milwaukee 86-74 Dec. 20, 2008 at Milwaukee
Notes Bradley Pregame Notes Packet | Milwaukee Pregame Notes Packet


•  Bradley will try to snap a 4-game road losing streak Saturday when the Braves visit Milwaukee in a 3 p.m. game at the Klotsche Center.
•  Though the Braves have dropped four in a row on the road, their last road victory was against its last Horizon League opponent, a 63-62 decision at UIC Feb. 23, 2013 in the now defunct BracketBusters series.
•  Starting with Saturday’s game, Bradley is playing six of its next 10 games away from home.
•  Bradley has won its last three games against the current Horizon League membership since an 86-74 loss at Milwaukee Dec. 20, 2008.

Series Information
•  Saturday’s game will be the fifth meeting in the all-time series between Bradley and Milwaukee, which is tied 2-2.
•  The series began with a 104-68 Bradley victory Dec. 1, 1965 at Robertson Field House.
•  The last two meetings during the 2008 calendar year were created through BracketBusters series and each team defended its home court.

Tough Schedule Gets Tougher
•  As the week began, Bradley’s 7-game schedule to date was tied for 86th nationally with Marquette among “Toughest Schedules” in the nation based on the cumulative won-loss record of the first seven opponents.
•  Through games of Dec. 1, Bradley’s early-season slate ranked third among MVC teams on the “toughness” scale, trailing only UNI (18) and Drake (T-67).
•  Now with the eighth game in the books, Bradley’s first eight opponents have combined for a 34-30 (.531) record.
•  None of Bradley’s final five non-conference opponents have winning percentages below .600 through Thursday and the quintet have combined for a 30-12 (.714) winning percentage.

Simple Concept
•  It is pretty easy to see the difference between Bradley’s wins and losses through the first quarter of the season.
•  When the Braves make shots, they win.
•  In the five wins, Bradley has shot 51.6 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from 3-point territory and 72.9 percent from the free throw line.
•  In the three losses, Bradley has shot 37.4 percent from the field, 19.6 percent from 3-point range and 64.3 percent from the free throw line.
•  Three of Bradley’s four coldest shooting games of the season have been the three losses.

3-Point Defense
•  Through the first eight games, Bradley’s opponents have combined to make just 44-of-172 (.256) 3-point field goal attempts.
•  Bradley leads The Valley and ranks 22nd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense.
•  In the five wins, the 3-point field goal defense has been particularly stifling, as none of the losing teams have made better than 20 percent of their 3-point field goal attempts.
•  In the three losses, though, Illinois (10-25), Arizona State (9-24) and IUPUI (7-13), have combined to make 41.9 percent (26-62) of their long-range tries.
•  Milwaukee enters Saturday’s game shooting 34.4 percent from 3-point range and averaging 7.4 treys per game.

3-Point Offense
•  Through the season’s first eight games, Bradley is shooting just 29.4 percent from 3-point range and averaging only 4.4 treys per game.
•  Though shooting a cool 32.1 percent from beyond the arc, sophomore guard Omari Grier has accounted for 18 of Bradley’s 35 3-point field goals.
•  Grier has made 51.4 percent of the team’s total 3-point field goals and is on pace to become just the fifth player in the 28-year history of the 3-point shot to make at least half of Bradley’s team total for a season.

Balanced Scoring Equals W’s
•  In each of Bradley’s five wins this season, at least four different Braves have scored at least eight points.
•  In each of the three losses, however, Bradley has failed to produce at least four players with eight points.
•  In the 81-55 loss at Illinois, only three Braves scored as many as eight points and in the 70-58 loss at Arizona State, only two Braves scored as many as eight.
•  In Wednesday’s loss to IUPUI, the Braves had four double-digit scorers, but no other player contributed more than four points.

Importance of Turnovers?
•  Bradley’s M.O. is to force turnovers on the defensive end and take care of the ball on the offensive end.
•  Last season, Bradley ranked among the national steals leaders and forced 14.5 turnovers per game, while committing only 11.9 turnovers per game.
•  Through eight games this year, though, the Braves are suffering from a -1.9 turnover margin, forcing just 12.1 turnovers per game while committing 14.0 miscues.
•  Bradley is 4-0, though, when the turnovers are equal or the Braves commit more turnovers than their opponents.
•  Bradley is 1-3 when they commit fewer turnovers than its opponents and the Braves have averaged 9.3 turnovers in their three losses.


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