Bradley Braves Basketball Schedule
Once again the college basketball season is upon us and there is arguably no
better place to be than inside Carver Arena, the Peoria, Illinois home of the Bradley Braves. As the Braves enter Missouri
Valley Conference play they will be looking to score some big time upsets as they try to reestablish themselves as a major
factor in the conference en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Replete with impressive passing, dunking, shooting,
and lock down defense, the Bradley Braves always bring the excitement. The Braves had their share of struggles last season,
finishing 12-20 and in 7th place in the Missouri Valley Conference, but they have a strong core of returning players who are
determined to turn things around.
The Bradley Braves will once again be going up against all of the toughest teams in
the Missouri Valley Conference including the Drake Bulldogs, the Evansville Purple Aces, the Illinois State Redbirds, the
Indiana State Sycamores, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, the Missouri State Bears, the Northern Iowa Panthers, the Southern Illinois
Salukis, and the defending Missouri Valley Conference champions the Wichita State Shockers. Navigating through the difficult
Missouri Valley Conference regular season schedule is a daunting task but this year's Braves team seems to have the talent
to make some real noise in the conference as they attempt to climb up the standings and score some big wins on their way to
an NCAA Tournament berth. The Braves will need all the help they can get from their dedicated fan base when they take on tough
teams at Carver Arena so be sure to get your tickets to support the Bradley Braves from StubHub as soon as possible.
Bradley Braves Basketball History
The Bradley Braves have a long and proud history of college basketball that
includes two trips to the National Championship game, the first in 1950 and then again in 1954. The Braves have won their
conference tournament twice and been conference regular season champions seven times. The Braves have participated in the
NCAA Tournament eight times, most recently in 2006 when they reached the Sweet Sixteen. This year they will have Walt Lemon
Jr. returning for his senior year after leading the Braves in scoring and assists last season as they look to make a return
to the Big Dance.
Bradley Braves Basketball Conference
The Missouri Valley Conference may often be called
a "mid-major" by sports pundits but this Division I conference is not one to be overlooked. Founded in 1907, the Missouri
Valley conference is the second oldest athletic conference in the United States and younger than only the Big Ten. There are
currently ten schools who make up the Missouri Valley Conference: Drake, Bradley, University of Evansville, Indiana State,
Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago, University of Northern Iowa,Missouri State University, Wichita State, and Southern Illinois
University. Every year the members of the Missouri Valley Conference play each another in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
which is held in St. Louis, Missouri and has earned the nickname Arch Madness, with the winner earning an automatic bid in
the NCAA Tournament. In the past few seasons Wichita State has dominated the conference in basketball and made a name for
itself in the national rankings, reaching number 2 in the 2013-2014 season as it went 34-0 before entering the Big Dance and
making it to the Final Four at the end of the 2012-2013 season before losing a close game to eventual champions Louisville.
Attending a top college basketball game is one of the best experiences to be found in sports.
Many of the best student athletes in the world take the court in college basketball, when this is combined with some of the
most passionate fans in all of sports there is an atmosphere in the arena that cannot be found anywhere else. When you set
foot in Carver Arena for a Bradley Braves home basketball game this will all be clear. As the teams set up for opening jump
ball the fans get on their feet and loudly cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites. The game continues full of end
to end action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. All of a sudden the clock is winding down in the second half and
the two sides are wrapped up in yet another tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time
a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until
the final buzzer when the Braves' side erupts after another big win and their fans exit of the arena in jubilation. The moment
you leave Carver Arena you will want to immediately start planning your next trip to the venue to cheer on the Braves.
In addition to their success in the NCAA Tournament the Bradley Braves have been NIT champions four times.