Sitting fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 14-9 record, Indiana State is looking to bounce back Wednesday against Bradley after losing Saturday in its last game.
The Sycamores will be traveling to Peoria, Illinois to face the 16-9 Braves. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Carver Arena.
These two squads faced each other earlier this season at the Hulman Center on Jan. 25 and Indiana State came out on top, 61-53.
“As long as we stay focused and play our game we will be fine,” Sycamore senior guard Jordan Barnes said.
Barnes is coming off an outstanding 21-point performance their last game at Illinois State, which the Redbirds won, 74-67. Bradley is coming off a 69-58 home win against Evansville on Saturday. Both teams have essentially struggled on the road all year as both of their road win percentages sits at only 28%.
Indiana State is undefeated at home while Bradley has one loss at its home Carver Arena.
The last time Bradley and Indiana State faced off, freshman forward Jake LaRavia led the Sycamores in scoring with 20 points. He also tallied 10 rebounds on the night. Barnes trailed behind him with nine.
LaRavia only had seven points in their most recent contest against Illinois State and only played 16 minutes due to foul trouble. He managed to grab five rebounds for Indiana State.
Junior guard Danya Kingsby led the Braves in scoring the last time they played Indiana State with 12 points. In their previous matchup on Saturday, he only had 4 points and fouled out of the game. Senior guard Darrell Brown led the Braves in scoring with 22 points against Evansville.
Bradley’s seven-foot-one center Ari Boya will be a force in the paint for the Braves. The last time they played Indiana State, Boya snatched 12 rebounds, leading his team in that category for the night. The sophomore center also added 14 points.
Bradley must focus on avoiding turnovers as the Braves lost the ball 15 times compared to ISU’s nine last time they played.