Bradley Men's Basketball 2020 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Bradley Braves

Missouri Valley (23-11, 11-7)

After a 13 year absence, Bradley has now made two straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Last season the Braves played well in a first round loss to Michigan State. With an experienced and balanced squad, Coach Brian Wardle will look to pull off the upset in 2020.
Big Wins: 12/31 Drake (80-72), 1/29 Valparaiso (80-69), 2/12 Indiana State (72-61)
Bad Losses: 11/5 at St. Joseph’s (81-86), 11/25 vs Northwestern (51-78), 12/21 at Miami OH (55-71)
Coach: Brian Wardle
Why They Can Surprise:
Bradley’s frontcourt trio of Elijah Childs, Koch Bar and Ja’Shon Henry has led the charge. Childs is the most productive, averaging 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds. All three are very good on the glass and Childs and Bar will block quite a few shots as well. Bradley does not always have to work through the frontcourt though. Point guard Darrel Brown is the team’s top scorer at 15.5 points per game and he dishes out 4.7 assists as well. Brown does a solid job taking care of the ball and that will be a huge asset in the NCAA Tournament. If Bradley can continue to avoid turnovers and win on the glass, those extra possessions will keep the Braves in the game.
Why They Can Disappoint:
In order to pull off that upset though, the Braves will need to knock down some outside shots. Brown, Nate Kennell and Ville Tahvanainen are all capable shooters, but the team as a whole only makes 6.8 three-pointers per game. The good news is Kennell is one of the most consistent three-point shooters in the country, connecting on 44.7 percent of his 197 three-point attempts. If he can get some help and the opposition is forced to defend some other players on the perimeter, players like Brown and Childs will find it much easier to score in the paint or by attacking the basket.
Probable Starters:
Darrel Brown, Senior, Guard, 15.5 ppg, 4.7 apg
Nate Kennell, Senior, Guard, 12.5 ppg, 2.2 apg, 4.3 rpg
Danya Kingsby, Junior, Guard, 7.2 ppg, 2.1 apg
Koch Bar, Senior, Forward, 6.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Elijah Childs, Junior, Forward, 14.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg
Key Role Players:
Ja’Shon Henry, Sophomore, Forward, 9.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Ville Tahvanainen, Freshman, Guard, 6.5 ppg, 1.0 apg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.7 (153rd in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.9 (75, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.1 (155, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 39.4 (21, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.8 (223, 9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 37.2 (25, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 73.7 (88, 3)
Rebound Margin: 5.1 (40, 3)
Assists Per Game: 13.4 (149, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.8 (56, 2)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2019NCAARound of 64 loss to Michigan State
2013CITFirst Round win over Green Bay
2013CITSecond Round win over Tulane
2013CITQuarterfinal loss to Northern Iowa
2009CITFirst Round win over Austin Peay
2009CITSecond Round win over Oakland
2009CITSemifinal win over Pacific
2009CITFinal loss to Old Dominion
2008CBIFirst Round win over Cincinnati
2008CBISecond Round win over Ohio
2008CBISemifinal win over Virginia
2008CBIFinal loss to Tulsa
2007NITFirst Round win over Providence
2007NITSecond Round loss to Mississippi State
2006NCAARound of 64 win over Kansas
2006NCAARound of 32 win over Pittsburg
2006NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Memphis
2001NITFirst Round loss to Detroit
*all team stats through 3/8