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Basketball Bears Travel to Bradley for Key Valley Tilt

GAME 17 - Missouri State Bears (7-9, 1-2 MVC) at Bradley Braves (8-8, 0-3 MVC)
Date and Time Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 7:05 p.m.
Location Carver Arena (11,060) | Peoria, Illinois
Tickets Bradley Tickets
Radio KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner) | MSU Radio Network | Listen Live
Television KOZL-TV (Don West, Ray Giacoletti) | MSU TV Network | ESPN+ (Watch)
Series Missouri State leads 37-22 | Last Meeting: BU 82, MSU 78 (2/21/18) | [Box Score]
Live Stats Live Stats
Game Notes Missouri State | Bradley | MVC Notebook | MSU Media Guide
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Up Next The Bears return to JQH Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 16 to play Evansville [Evansville Game Tickets]

The Ten Count
  • After securing their first road win of the season Tuesday at Indiana State, the Bears wrap a two-game Missouri Valley Conference road swing Saturday at Bradley for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Peoria. Missouri State is 4-4 in its last eight trips to Carver Arena. Overall, the Bears have won 11 of the last 16 meetings against the Braves.
  • Jarred Dixon (G, Kansas City, Mo.) has scored in double figures 13 times in 16 games this season, making him one of the Missouri Valley's most-improved players. He averaged 9.1 points per game last year and currently ranks 9th in the MVC with a 14.6 scoring average this year. He also ranks No. 23 on MSU's career scoring list (1,058) and is now 21 points away from Andy Newton (1973-76) for the No. 22 position on the Bears' all-time points chart.
  • Missouri State ranks second in the Missouri Valley in points per game (76.2) and points per possession (1.046). The high-octane Bears also lead the MVC in possessions per 40 minutes (70.9).
  • Tulio Da Silva (Jr., Formiga, Brazil) is the top newcomer in the Missouri Valley Conference this season in both scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg). He ranks sixth and seventh, respectively, overall in the MVC in those two categories. The transfer from USF has scored in double figures in 9-of-11 games with the Bears and scored 20 points four times.
  • Josh Webster (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) leads the MVC and ranks 6th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.83). Over the last six games, he has tallied 39 assists with just 5 turnovers (7.8). The last Bear to lead the MVC in assist-to-turnover ratio was Michael Bizoukas (2011-12) with a 2.95 ratio.
  • Ryan Kreklow (Sr., Columbia, Mo.) has 148 career 3-pointers and is tied for the No. 7 spot on MSU's career triples list. Only six Bears have ever posted 150 career 3-pointers. He is also one 3-pointer away from tying his season total (34) from last season. With 706 career points, Kreklow now ranks among the Bears' all-time top 75 players in scoring.
  • After snagging a season-high 14 steals in Tuesday's win at Indiana State, Missouri State continues to lead the MVC in swipes per game (7.3). The Bears' season steals total (117) ranks 63rd among all Division I programs.
  • Bradley's Darrell Brown (1,092 points) and MSU's Jarred Dixon (1,058) and are the top two active career scorers in the Missouri Valley Conference, just ahead of SIU's Armon Fletcher (1,050).
  • Defense was the key in Tuesday's win at Indiana State as MSU forced 22 turnovers and held the Sycamores to 41.5 percent shooting. MSU has registered 20 or more forced turnovers four times this season and leads the MVC with 15.44 takeaways per game with a 2.4 turnover margin. In MVC play, the Bears are forcing 17.7 turnovers a contest.
  • Keandre Cook (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) has scored 15.4 points per game in his 8 starts this season.
     
Coach Dana Ford
  • Dana Ford (Illinois State, 2006) is 7-9 (.438) in his first season at Missouri State, including a 6-1 ledger at JQH Arena. He is now 64-74 (.464) in his fifth season as a head coach and 0-0 all-time vs. Bradley.
  • He was introduced as Missouri State's 18th men's basketball coach on March 22, 2018 after coaching the previous four seasons at Tennessee State. The native of Tamms, Illinois was 57-65 (.467) at Tennessee State, including a 52-39 ledger in his last three seasons in Nashville.  
  • Ford, 33, was awarded the Ben Jobe Award in 2016 as the nation's top Division I minority coach. That same year, he was named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year and NABC District 19 Coach of the Year after engineering one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history, swaying Tennessee State from a 5-26 record in his first season to a 20-11 mark in 2015-16.
  • He coached five All-OVC players in addition to two players recognized on the OVC All-Newcomer Team. Under his leadership, Tennessee State also doubled its home attendance average and twice earned votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll during the 2016-17 season.
  • TheAthletic.com named Bears' head coach Dana Ford to its list of 30 "up and coming coaches to keep an eye on" during its 2018-19 preseason basketball coverage.
Series History
  • The series between the Bears and Braves began when MSU joined The Valley for the 1990-91 season. Missouri State leads the rivalry, 37-22, and the Bears are 12-16 all-time in Peoria.
  • The Braves have won three straight in the series, including a season sweep last season. In Peoria (Jan. 23), Bradley used a 16-0 run over a key seven-minute stretch in the second half to extend a one-point lead to 17 and never looked back in a 72-52 win. Ronnie Rousseau III shared team-high honors with Jarrid Rhodes, each scoring 10 points. In the rematch in Springfield (Feb. 21), the Braves rallied in the final two-and-a-half minutes to defeat MSU, 82-78 on senior day at JQH Arena. Jarred Dixon led all players with 24 points behind six 3-pointers. [Box Score]
Rebound Foundation
  • Bears' head coach Dana Ford and his wife, Christina, are founders of the Rebound Foundation. The not-for-profit raises funds and awareness to help renew and restore women who have experienced a life of domestic abuse. The foundation provides a stable home and fresh start to abuse victims and their children. The Rebound Foundation currently provides homes in Springfield, Mo., and Chicago, Ill.
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