8 p.m., Carver Arena, Peoria WMBD-AM (1470)
BRAVES KEYS Hit 3-pointers to open lane, show patience against pressure defense and continue solid team defense.

BRADLEY (7-25 in ’11-12) PPG RPG
F Jake Eastman F Tyshon Pickett C Will Egolf G D. Simms-Edwards G Walt Lemon Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. 6-5 6-6 6-9 6-3 6-3 6.5 11.5 14.5 12.0 14.0 4.5 6.0 4.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0

EIU (12-17 in ’11-12)


PANTHERS KEYS Push tempo, control boards and force turnovers.

F Keenan Anderson So. 6-7 7.0 F Josh Piper So. 6-8 11.0 G Taylor Jones Sr. 6-2 3.0 G Alex Austin Fr. 6-4 13.0 G Austin Akers So. 6-2 6.0

NOTEWORTHY: Averages are from exhibition games. … Austin had nine assists in Eastern’s exhibition win; Lemon and Eastman led BU with 5.0 assists each. … Series is tied 5-5, but only two meetings have been held since 1927: BU won 99-84 in 1972 and EIU won 63-56 in 2010. … Bradley is opening its third season in a row at home. Braves have won 19 consecutive home openers. BU is 28-2 all-time in season openers at Carver Arena and 63-4 in home openers since World War II. … EIU was 10th in the Ohio Valley Conference last year. … With a victory, the Panthers’ new coach, Jay Spoonhour, will become the first EIU coach since 1967 to win his first game. … Spoonhour is the son of the late Charlie Spoonhour, the former head coach at Southeastern Iowa, Southwest Missouri State, Saint Louis and UNLV who served as a color commentator on MVC broadcasts in his final years. ... Shayok Shayok required two stitches for a cut near his left eye in Thursday’s practice, but he will be available for the game. PREDICTION: Bradley 69, Eastern Illinois 60

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