Bradley Braves at Memphis Tigers
Bradley Braves Preview
The Bradley Braves are coming off their best victory of the season — 73-60 over Kansas State in the Fort Myers Tip-Off, which followed a 78-51 tournament loss to Northwestern. Defense has been key for Bradley, which is allowing an average of 58 points in its five wins but 82 points in its two losses, including a season-opening, 86-81 setback at Saint Joseph’s.
Senior point guard Darrell Brown, who last season led the Braves to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006, averages a team-best 14 points and 5.3 assists. Forward Elijah Childs (12.9 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game) and guard Nate Kennell (12.7 ppg) are also key holdovers from last year’s team.
Memphis Tigers Preview
Memphis Tigers freshman center James Wiseman will sit out the fifth game of his 12-game suspension Tuesday, but the rest of coach Penny Hardaway’s top-ranked recruiting class is doing just fine. Those newbies include forward Precious Achiuwa, who has recorded three consecutive double-doubles; guard Boogie Ellis, who had 21 points in an 83-78 Thanksgiving win over North Carolina State in Brooklyn; and forward D.J. Jeffries, who is contributing 12.6 points per game.
Memphis wants to use its athleticism to play fast and its length to hit the boards and score around the basket. The Tigers have a plus-8.6 rebounding margin, and they are shooting 56.9 percent on 2-point attempts.