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Bradley holds off Drake rally to win 79-72

Ok, it was a battle between a 8-16 and a 7-16 team, so there weren’t many there to see it.

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But I was there and glad that I went. Bradley came out with fire and played with a bit of an attitude.

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As you can see from the stats, the Braves shot the lights out from 3 point range; that opened up the inside for dunks, lobs, and put backs on missed shots. Just like the Wichita game, it was a great start..against a “sort of lower-mid-pack” MVC team (even after today, Drake has won 5 MVC games; Bradley only 4).

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The Men’s 1995-1996 MVC championship team was honored at halftime; I am surprised at how much they’ve aged. I was already at Bradley for a few years when this happened; I saw these guys play.

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But Bradley really isn’t good enough to blow out a “sort of lower-midpack MVC team” like Drake; Drake made a run and cut it to 5 points within the last few minutes of the game (2:36). But Bradley didn’t panic; they got some key stops and rebounds to close out a win.

I see a few more victories this season, especially at home. I don’t see a future home opponent that they don’t have a realistic chance of beating.

Now maybe the women can complete the weekend sweep tomorrow? But they are playing a much better team than they did last night. But ISU-blue is still 5-5 in conference whereas the Bradley women are 4-6. They have a realistic shot at winning this one.

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February 4, 2017 - Posted by | basketball |

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