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BC-BKC--NCAA Capsules-East

March 18, 2019
Bradley

Peoria, Ill., 20-14.

Nickname: Braves. Coach: Brian Wardle.

Conference: Missouri Valley. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament History: 11-8 in 8 appearances.

Last appearance: 2006, lost to Memphis in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats:

Team Scoring: 66.6 points per game, 43.4 fg pct, 36.6 3-pt pct, 69.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Darrel Brown 14.7; Elijah Childs 12.2; Nate Kennell 9.4.

Rebounds: Childs 7.8; Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye 5.4; Avg team margin (plus-1.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.95): Brown (3.1/2.4), 104 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 59-56 vs. Penn State on Nov. 21.

Worst Loss: 66-73 at home to Eastern Illinois on Dec. 15.

The Skinny: The Braves played spoiler in the MVC Tournament when they knocked out 2018 Final Four underdog darling Loyola-Chicago in the semifinals and showed their season-long moxie then they came back from 18 points down in the second to beat Northern Iowa for the title, their eighth victory when trailing at halftime. This is Bradley’s ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament and the first since 2006 when they reached the Sweet Sixteen. Darrell Brown is the leading scorer (14.9) and Elijah Childs (12.1) is second but MVC sixth man of the year Nate Kennell comes off the bench to provide a punch.