Bradley Braves men's basketball

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Bradley Braves
2014–15 Bradley Braves men's basketball team
Bradley Braves athletic logo
University Bradley University
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Location Peoria, IL
Head coach Geno Ford (4th year)
Arena Carver Arena
(Capacity: 11442)
Nickname Braves
Colors

Red and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament runner up
1950, 1954
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1950, 1954
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1954, 1955
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954, 1955, 2006
NCAA Tournament appearances
1950, 1954, 1955, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1996, 2006
Conference tournament champions
1980, 1988
Conference regular season champions
1950, 1962, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1996

The Bradley Braves men's basketball team represents Bradley University, located in Peoria, Illinois, United States, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They currently compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2006, reaching the "Sweet Sixteen". The Braves are currently coached by Geno Ford.

Bradley has also appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 21 times; have an all-time NIT record of 26–18, with four titles (1957, 1960, 1964, and 1982). The program holds the distinction of being the only program invited to the initial offering of every national postseason tournament.

The Bradley Braves men's basketball team plays their home games at Carver Arena (11,442).

Post-season[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Braves have appeared in 8 NCAA Tournaments and have advanced to two final fours and two national championship games. Their combined record of 11–8

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1950 First Round
Final Four
Championship Game
UCLA
Baylor
CCNY
W 73–59
W 68–66
L 71–68
1954 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
Oklahoma City
Colorado
Oklahoma A&M
Southern California
La Salle
W 61–55
W 76–64
W 71–57
W 74–72
L 92–76
1955 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Oklahoma City
Southern Methodist
Colorado
W 69–65
W 81–79
L 93–81
1980 First Round Texas A&M L 55–53
1986 First Round
Second Round
Texas El Paso
Louisville
W 83–65
L 82–68
1988 First Round Auburn L 90–86
1996 First Round Stanford L 66–58
2006 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Kansas
Pittsburgh
Memphis
W 77–73
W 72–66
L 80–64

NIT results[edit]

The Braves have appeared in 21 National Invitation Tournaments and are four-time champions (1957, 1960, 1964, and 1982). Their combined record is 25–18.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1938 Quarterfinals Temple L 53–40
1939 Semifinals Long Island L 36–32
1947 Quarterfinals West Virginia L 69–60
1949 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Third Place Game
NYU
Western Kentucky
Loyola (IL)
Bowling Green
W 78–66
W 82–72
L 69–61
L 82–77
1950 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Syracuse
St. John's
CCNY
W 78–66
W 83–65
L 69–61
1957 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Xavier
Temple
Memphis State
W 116–81
W 94–66
W 84–83
1958 Quarterfinals Xavier L 72–62
1959 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Butler
NYU
St. John's
W 83–77
W 59–57
L 76–71
1960 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Dayton
St. Bonaventure
Providence
W 78–64
W 82–71
W 88–72
1962 Quarterfinals Duquesne L 88–85
1964 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
St. Joseph's
Army
New Mexico
W 83–81
W 67–52
W 86–54
1965 First Round NYU L 71–70
1968 Sweet Sixteen Long Island L 80–77
1982 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
American
Syracuse
Tulane
Oklahoma
Purdue
W 76–65
W 95–81
W 77–61
W 84–68
W 67–58
1985 First Round Marquette L 77–68
1994 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Murray State
Old Dominion
Siena
W 66–58
W 79–75
L 75–62
1995 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Eastern Michigan
Canisius
W 86–85
L 55–53
1997 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Drexel
Connecticut
W 66–53
L 63–47
1999 First Round Butler L 51–50
2001 First Round Detroit-Mercy L 68–49
2007 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Providence
Mississippi St.
W 90–78
L 101–72

CBI results[edit]

The Braves have participated in one College Basketball Invitational in 2008 where they advanced to the 3–game series final. Their combined record is 4–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2008 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals Game 1
Finals Game 2
Finals Game 3
Cincinnati
Ohio
Virginia
Tulsa
Tulsa
Tulsa
W 70–67
W 79–73
W 96–85
L 73–68
W 83–74
L 70–64

CIT Results[edit]

The Braves have participated in two CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). In 2009 where they advanced to the championship game. Their combined record is 5–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2009 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship
Austin Peay
Oakland
Pacific
Old Dominion
W 81–74
W 76–75
W 59–46
L 66–62
2013 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Green Bay
Tulane
Northern Iowa
W 75–69
W 77–72
L 90–77

NCIT Results[edit]

Bradley participated in the 1974 National Commissioners Invitational Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1974 First Round
Semifinals
Kansas State
Southern California
W 68–64
L 76–73

National Campus Basketball Tournament results[edit]

The Braves appeared in, and hosted, the only National Campus Basketball Tournament. Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1951 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Western Kentucky
Wyoming
Syracuse
W 75–71
W 77–63
L 75–76

Notable players[edit]

Anthony Parker with the Cavaliers.

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