Brad is Better Than Pitt
Bradley, the fourth team in out of the MVC proved they were worthy of a bid by beating two top 20 RPI Teams. First by downing Big 12 Champion Kansas and then by beating Pittsburgh. That would be a Big 12 and a Big East team for those of you playing along at home.
The Braves were too much for Kansas as they Rocked the Jayhawks and Chalked up a win, 77-73. Bradley, as was the case for all the Mid-Majors throughout the Tournament, didn't play like they were honored just to be there. They jumped on Kansas and led by 10, 37-27 at the half and never relinquished the lead. The Braves, with more Upper Classmen, looked more prepared for the pace and action of the Tournament.
The Pitt Panthers looked great in their first game, crushing Kent State. But the Bradley Braves were a different team altogether. They looked ready to play, and they were as they held on 72-66. The Braves used an 18-4 run early in the second half to break a 35-35 tie and would never trail again.
For those not familiar with SR. Marcellus Sommerville and SO. Patrick O'Bryant, welcome. Sommerville averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the wins, while OBryant was unstoppable against Pitt with 28 points. And the Braves have gotten great production off the bench. Will Franklin dropped 14 points and 6 assists on Kansas, while Lawrence Wright contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds against Pitt.
They now get ready for a matchup with number 1 seeded Memphis in Oakland on Thursday at 7:30.