Bradley announced the non-conference portion of the 2007-08 men's basketball schedule over thw weekend, and it looks to be one of the toughest I've seen in a long time. Here's what it looks like:
Sat, Oct 20 RED-WHITE SCRIMMAGE Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse 6:30 p.m.
Thu, Nov 01 ST. AMBROSE (Exh.)Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Nov 04 QUINCY (Exh.)Carver Arena 2:05 p.m.
Sat, Nov 10 Illinois-Chicago at Chicago, Ill. TBA
Wed, Nov 14 IOWA STATE Carver Arena 7:05 p.m.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TOURNEY:Sun, Nov 18 MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE Carver Arena 2:05 p.m.
Tue, Nov 20 FLORIDA GULF COAST Carver Arena 7:05 p.m.
Fri, Nov 23 Iowa at South Padre Island, Texas TBA
Sat, Nov 24 Vanderbilt or TBA at South Padre Island, Texas TBA
Wed, Nov 28 Loyola-Chicago at Chicago, Ill. 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Dec 01 SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE Carver Arena 7:05 p.m.
Tue, Dec 04 MICHIGAN STATE Carver Arena 7:05 p.m.
Tue, Dec 11 Wright State at Dayton, Ohio 6:00 p.m.
Wed, Dec 19 Butler at Indianapolis, Ind. 6:00 p.m.
Sat, Dec 22 VCU Carver Arena 7:05 p.m.
BRACKETBUSTER:Sat, Feb 23 TBACarver Arena TBA
Michigan St., Iowa St., and VCU all make trips to Carver this season. The Braves have a long standing history of being one of the tougher home teams in the country to beat, but we also haven't had this many quality teams come into our place all in one season for a long time. It should be interesting. Wins over those three teams will be huge for Bradley, and being at home will certainly help, but there is a risk. Home losses to those good teams would really hurt our chances for an at-large tourney bid.
The road schedule is going to be a tough one too. Butler and Wright State were the top two teams from the Horizon League last year, and both figure to still be strong. Loyola-Chicago and Illinois-Chicago aren't particularly good teams, but neither is a cake-walk on their home floor. The games at South Padre Island should be a good challenge as well. Iowa and Vanderbilt aren't exactly top teams in their respective conferences, but they are still power conference teams, and wins over them will still boost our resume come tourney time.
I have to say, I'm really impressed with the schedule the coaching staff was able to put together. They did a nice job of mixing in some easier games into what will certainly be a tough year. It's definitely a strong schedule, especially for an MVC team. It's hard to say what the 2007-08 season has in store, but there's no doubt it'll at least be interesting.