Bears vs. Bradley: Four things to understand earlier than Game four

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ST. LOUIS — The Missouri State men’s basketball group earned a No. Four seed for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis. The Bears are set to play the No. Five Bradley Braves at 2:30 p.M. On Friday, March 8.

Here are 4 stuff you need to recognize earlier than the game:

1. Newcomers lead the Bears.

Senior Josh Webster and juniors Tulio Da Silva and Keandre Cook had been named to the MVC All-Newcomer Team, with Da Silva earning the Newcomer of the Year title.

Webster leads the MVC in assists in line with the game with five.2. He additionally has a satisfactory assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference at three.1. He is undoubtedly one of three gamers within the league to have two games with 10 or more assists.

Da Silva has six video games with 10 or more rebounds and sits fifth inside the conference. He is likewise one in every of four gamers to have 5 games with 20 or extra points. Cook is one of those four, as well.

Da Silva also sits third in average rebounds. The two gamers beforehand of him and the 5 players to follow him have performed in all 31 games so far this season — Da Silva has played in 26.

2. Only MSU starters have previously shown in Arch Madness.

Seniors Jarred Dixon and Ryan Kreklow are the handiest Bears to enjoy an Arch Madness event. All three learners have competed within the postseason. However, they have got in no way played in Arch Madness.

Head coach Dana Ford has said at some point of the season that these guys have brought something new to the crew due to the fact they don’t have expectations from preceding years. He stated Da Silva by no means simply understood how tough it became to play in Loyola’s area because he had in no way been there — it turned into just any other game for him. The MVC Tournament will be the identical manner.

Kreklow and Dixon each stated the event is distinctive than whatever else, and that they’ve been helping their teammates prepare for the Friday afternoon sport.

Three. The Bears lead the series 36-22.

Missouri State defeated Bradley two times already this season, sixty nine-sixty four and 55-37. The first win came before the Bears’ considerable risk in play. The second win came after the Bears changed their match to a low-ownership style.

Since defeating Bradley and Loyola with that playing style, the Bears are 6-four. Ford said the Bears misplaced their closing two games of the season to Illinois State and Drake due to an excessive wide variety of possessions.

4. The Bears are 0-2 at an impartial web site. The Braves are 2-zero.

Missouri State performed at one neutral web site this season: the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Missouri. The Bears faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who have been ranked No. 24 on time, and Southern California. They misplaced each by using at the least 19 factors. The Huskers are 13th inside the Big Ten with a fifteen-15 average report, and USC is 7th in the Pacific-12 Conference and 15-14 average.

Bradley’s impartial-website online games have been in Cancun, Mexico, for the Cancun Challenge. The Braves beat Southern Methodist University, which is 9th in the American Athletic Conference with a 13-15 regular file, and Penn State, which is 12th inside the Big Ten.