Bradley (18-16) at Northern Iowa (20-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 26, 8:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McLeod Center (6,650) -- Cedar Falls, Iowa. Television: None. CIT Record: Bradley 5-1, Northern Iowa 3-1. Series Record: Bradley leads, 27-22.
GAME NOTES: Having registered their fifth straight 20-win campaign, the Northern Iowa Panthers now turn their attention to a familiar foe in the Bradley Braves as the two Missouri Valley Conference members get together in the quarterfinal round of the 5th-annual CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Tuesday night.
The Panthers, now with a record of 3-1 in this event all-time, captured a 77-66 win over North Dakota in the first round of the event last week and then stepped up with a 63-51 triumph over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night in second-round action. The decision against the Flames elevated UNI to 20 wins for the campaign, marking the longest active streak in the MVC with respect to consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins.
Meanwhile, Bradley is playing in a postseason tournament for the 35th time in program history even though the team tied for seventh in the MVC standings with Drake and Missouri State at 7-11. However, unlike those two programs the Braves managed to finish the regular season with an even 16-16 mark.
Following their loss to Drake in the MVC Tournament, the Braves turned around and registered a 75-69 victory against Green Bay in the first round of this tourney last week and then grabbed a 77-72 triumph versus Tulane over the weekend at home at Renaissance Coliseum.
The Braves lead the all-time series between the squads, but UNI has a mark of 14-7 in games played in Cedar Falls. The Panthers won both of the regular season matchups, first posting an 84-53 blowout victory at home in January and then slipping by in a 68-65 final on the road a month later.
The winner of this contest will face off against an opponent to be determined in the next round.
Will Egolf registered a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Braves captured a five-point victory over the Tulane Green Wave in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at Renaissance Coliseum over the weekend. Tyshon Pickett added 17 points for the Braves, shooting a near- perfect 6-of-7 from the floor, while Dyricus Simms-Edwards and Walt Lemon added 13 and 12 points, respectively, while each hands out six assists for the hosts. In a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, the Braves finished the night shooting 51.7 percent from the field in order to overcome a disappointing 5-of-20 behind the 3-point line.
As the only player to have started every game for the Braves this season, Lemon is the top scorer for the group with 15.5 ppg, stemming from 45.1 percent shooting from the floor while, playing more than 34 minutes per outing. Simms-Edwards checks in with 12.4 ppg, and is a huge contributor at the other end as well, registering an impressive 86 steals this season. Simms- Edwards and Lemon have combined for 150 steals and 222 assists on the year as a potent one-two punch for the Braves.
Anthony James scored a game-high 17 points as the Northern Iowa Panthers posted the 12-point win over the Illinois-Chicago Flames in the second round of this event at the McLeod Center on Saturday night. Also scoring in double figures for the Panthers were Seth Tuttle and Jake Koch with 15 and 11 points, respectively. In a game that featured eight ties and nine lead changes, UIC hurt itself with 21 turnovers, which the Panthers traded in for 22 points.
A starter in all 30 games in which he's appeared, James has emerged as the top scorer overall for the Panthers with 13.2 ppg, but he is just one of four players scoring in double figures for UNI entering play this week. Tuttle, a 55.6 percent shooter from the floor, checks in with 11.0 ppg and is also one of the top rebounders for the group with 6.4 boards per outing, trailing only Koch (10.4 ppg) who is responsible for 6.6 rpg. Tuttle and Koch have knocked down 224 shots at the free-throw line, which has helped the program outscore the competition by 110 at the charity stripe on the campaign.
It is rare to have teams play each other twice during the regular season and then again outside of the conference tournament. The Panthers are at home and have already beat Bradley twice, giving UNI the advantage here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northern Iowa 68, Bradley 61
03/26 10:34:25 ET