Bradley Braves 2006 NCAA Tournament
Bradley Braves - Missouri Valley
Seed: #13 - Oakland Regional
RPI: 34 AP: na
Big Wins: Missouri State (86-76), at Northern Iowa (71-49), vs Wichita St (60-52)
Bad Losses: at Butler (60-70), at Drake (73-75), at Indiana St (63-75)
Last NCAA Appearance: 1996, First Round
Top Players for Bradley:
Marcellus Sommerville, Sr, F, 15.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg
Patrick O’Bryant, So, C, 13.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.1 bpg
Tony Bennett, Sr, G, 11.0 ppg, 2.9 apg
Daniel Ruffin, So, G, 7.7 ppg, 5.2 apg
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Bradley Braves basketball notes:
The Braves won seven in a row before falling to Southern Illinois in the MVC Tournament Final. They have a superstar in Marcellus Sommerville and plenty of quality around him. Patrick O’Bryant is an underrated center who can score, rebound and block. Daniel Ruffin has proven that he is a quality point guard, dishing out 5.2 assists per contest. The starters can compete with anybody, but the key for Bradley to have success is their bench. Players like Zach Andrews, Jeremy Crouch, Will Franklin and J.J. Tauai need to be productive when Coach Jim Les needs to go to his bench. The numbers aren’t great in the turnover and three-point shooting categories, but the Braves are solid at the line, blocking shots and forcing turnovers. If they play their game, Bradley can win a game or two.
Likely 2006 NCAA Tournament finish: First Round
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