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Bradley at Illinois State

Time: 7:05 p.m. today

Site: Redbird Arena, Normal

Television: WTVP (Channel 47)

Radio: WJBC-AM (1230)

Series/last meeting: Bradley leads, 62-53 (Bradley won, 83-77, on Jan. 29).

Records: Bradley 14-11, 6-7 MVC; Illinois State 15-10, 6-7

About the Braves: Bradley is shooting for its first season sweep of ISU since 2007. The Braves are 3-6 in away games and 1-5 in the Valley, with the only victory coming at Southern Illinois (66-60) … Bradley’s current seven-win improvement from last season (7-25) is tied for sixth best in the nation … Dyricus Simms-Edwards has averaged 23.6 points in the last three games, including a career-high 32 in Sunday’s 68-65 loss to Northern Iowa … Jordan Prosser, a Eureka High School graduate, is Bradley’s active leader with 484 career rebounds. Prosser is averaging 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.

Next: Sunday vs. Wichita State, 7:05 p.m.

Prediction: Illinois State 75, Bradley 63

Probable starters

 (Scoring, rebounding avg)

BRADLEY

F – Jake Eastman, 6-5, Sr. (6.8, 4.0); Tyshon Pickett, 6-6, Jr. (11.0, 5.6); C – Will Egolf, 6-9, Sr. (8.2, 5.3); G – Dyricus Simms-Edwards, 6-3, Sr. (13.0, 3.6); Walt Lemon, Jr., 6-3, Jr. (15.0, 3.8).

ILLINOIS STATE

F – John Wilkins, 6-9, Sr. (6.4, 3.4); Jackie Carmichael, 6-9, Sr. (18.0, 9.1); G –Bryant Allen, 6-0, Jr. (9.3, 2.0); Tyler Brown, 6-4, Sr. (16.4, 3.8); Johnny Hill, 6-3, So. (7.7, 3.7).

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