The Bradley Basketball team will participate in an exempt tournament for a fifth consecutive year and for the seventh time in Jim Les’ nine years as the head coach when the Braves join Massachusetts, Southern California and New Mexico State in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 20-21 at the MassMutual Center, according to an announcement today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
As part of its participation in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, Bradley will host two games in Peoria against opponents that have yet to be determined. In the games scheduled for Nov. 20 at the MassMutual Center, Bradley will take on USC, while New Mexico State will face UMass. The winners and losers of the Nov. 20 games will meet in the Nov. 21 consolation and championship games. In addition to the four “anchor” schools, Rider will be a fifth tournament participant based on a partnership between the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The complete schedule of campus-site games will be announced at a later date, as well as the remaining three schools, television information and ticket information.
Both Bradley (16-15) and USC (16-14) won 16 games and had multiple victories against Top 20 ranked teams last season. The Braves own a 4-3 lead in the all-time series against the Trojans, but USC has won the last three meetings, including both games of their most-recent home-and-home series in 2000 (107-92) and 2001 (60-50).
Bradley won the only previous meeting against UMass, a 101-73 victory Dec. 28, 1964 at Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse. The Minutemen were 12-20 last season, but did enjoy home wins versus NIT participants Memphis and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Bradley and New Mexico State were Missouri Valley Conference rivals for 11 seasons from 1972-83 and the Braves own a 13-12 lead in the all-time series. The Aggies are the defending Western Athletic Conference Tournament champions and are coming off a 22-12 campaign that ended with a near upset of eventual Final Four participant Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Bradley owns a 55-55 all-time record in regular-season tournaments, but the Braves are 16-7 (.696) in six previous in-season tournaments under Les. Included in that record are wins against Miami-Fla. (2003), Rutgers (2006), Iowa (2007) and Illinois (2009).
article courtesy BU Sports Information