▪ The Braves, with 10 freshmen on the 12-man active roster, have many issues. None are bigger than scoring, because of shooting and ball-handling issues.
Ken Pomeroy’s stats rank the Braves No. 349 nationally in offensive efficiency, No. 342 in effective field goal percentage, No. 348 in turnover percentage and No. 350 in three-point percentage.
There are 351 NCAA Division I basketball schools.
The Shockers shut down a more experienced and better-skilled Drake on Thursday, limiting it to 16 baskets and creating 18 turnovers.
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▪ Bradley opened MVC play with an 80-44 loss at Northern Iowa. The Braves committed 15 turnovers, against a team that doesn’t feature creating turnovers as a big part of its defense.
No Brave scored in double figures and Scottie James came off the bench to lead the team with nine points in 13 minutes.
▪ The Shockers are 38-7 in MVC road games the past five seasons. No MVC school is better at home in the span, with Northern Iowa’s 38-9 record the best.
▪ WSU has won 11 straight over Bradley, one of eight MVC streaks of 11 or more conference wins. SIU defeated Drake 17 straight times from 2006 to 2008. Bradley won 12-straight over Drake from 1993 to 1999, which is fifth on the list.
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Southern Illinois gave the MVC its first plot twist with a 75-73 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday. Anthony Beane matched his career-high with 32 points in front of a season-high crowd of 6,106.
Both teams are similar. Good guards and wings. Inside scoring is largely limited to putbacks and jumpers.
SIU (13-2, 2-0 MVC) is the big surprise of the MVC. It plays at Bradley on Wednesday before the Shockers visit on Jan. 9.
Evansville center Egidijius Mockevicius grabbed 21 rebounds in a 76-59 win over Missouri State.