PEORIA, Ill. - The 2012-13 Bradley men's basketball schedule is beginning to take shape and will include a return trip to "Sin City" during the holiday season for the 2012 Las Vegas Classic.
For the seventh consecutive year, Bradley will participate in an exempt tournament, which will begin with two home games: Dec. 17 versus Georgia Southern and Dec. 19 against 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Mississippi Valley State. The final two rounds of the 2012 Las Vegas Classic will be played Dec. 22-23 in Las Vegas, where the Braves will be joined in the evening session by 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Colorado State, Atlantic Coast Conference member Virginia Tech and West Coast Conference member Portland. Third-round tournament pairings will be announced this summer with the Dec. 22 winners to meet in the championship game Dec. 23, following the consolation game between the Dec. 22 losers.
Ticket information and potential travel packages for the 2012 Las Vegas Classic will be announced at a later date.
Bradley has played in two previous exempt tournaments in Las Vegas. In 2003, the Braves won 3-of-4 games in the Las Vegas Tournament, including an 83-82 victory against then Big East Conference member Miami (Fla.) at Valley High School. In 2009, Bradley also won 3-of-4 tournament games in the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational, culminating with a 72-68 victory against #20 Illinois at Orleans Arena.
The addition of the four games in the Las Vegas Classic gives Bradley eight contracted non-conference games for the 2012-13 season. The Braves also will host Michigan, George Washington and Tennessee-Martin and will be on the road for the annual BracketBusters event. Dates for the home games against the Wolverines, Colonials and Skyhawks all are still to be determined and are return engagements in the scheduled 2-game series for each team: Bradley visited Michigan and George Washington last season, as well as UT-Martin for the 2011 BracketBusters event.
Benefitting from the allowable extra games permitted in the exempt Las Vegas Invitational, Bradley may play as many as 31 regular-season games in 2012-13 and the Braves now have commitments for 26 of those dates: 18 Missouri Valley Conference games and the eight contracted non-conference games to date. The additional five non-conference games will be announced as they are made official.