Bradley Basketball: men lose at home 78-62, women win on road 60-53

We saw the men play last night.


Bradley got drilled 78-62 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score might indicate. The Loyola star scored 35 points, and LU shot 10-21 from 3 point range (8 of 14 at the half!) and 57.7 percent overall. It was 44-31 at the half.

My take: this young team had trouble handling expectations and Loyola came in spitting fire. LU was a 5.5 point favorite, but expectations had grown to the point where the local paper picked BU to pull off the upset.

I predict that we’ll see a few more disappointing efforts like this one AND a few more pleasant surprises (e. g. the previous road win vs. Evansville). BU is now 2-2 in conference play…and while 0.500 might be a stretch goalI for this team, I’ll still be disappointed with fewer than 6 conference victories (out of 18 games).

On a happier note, the women took care of business at Loyola winning 50-43; it was a great defensive effort (I picked it up in the 3’rd quarter on ESPN3.) They got big stops, rebounds after missed free throws and didn’t allow LU many second shots.

The BU defense limited Loyola to 3 points in the 3’rd quarter. The women are 5-9 on the season and 1-2 in conference and FINALLY return home this Friday. I am looking forward to it. We have season tickets and are within sort walking distance to the arena.

In fairness, the Loyola men’s team is much better than the women’s team; I fully expect LU to be in postseason play of some sort.


January 8, 2017 - Posted by | basketball |

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