Missouri Valley welcomes Horizon League Saturday as IUPUI visits Bradley. The Jaguars are 0-1 after finishing last season 16-17 (8-10 in conference play). Byron Rimm serves as IUPUI’s Interim Head Coach after Jason Gardner’s resignation.
Following a surprise NCAA Tournament auto bid, Bradley also dropped its first 19-20’ encounter 86-81 Tues. night vs. St. Joes. Bryan Wardle enters his fifth season as Bradley head coach and has guided the program to consecutive 20-win campaigns.
Bradley opens as a -10.5 point favorite, per pregame.com.
IUPUI run down vs. short handed ButlerByron Rimm’s IUPUI tenure began unceremoniously as the Jaguars dropped an 80-47 season-opening loss vs. Butler Wednesday night. Held to 36.8 percent shooting, Rimm’s men struggled throughout on both ends as junior Marcus Burke led IUPUI’s offense with 17 points on 7 of 21 shooting. Overall, the visiting Jaguars made 21 of 57 FG attempts, 3 of 21 3-PT attempts and stagnated while assisting on just seven FGM.
Defensively, IUPUI allowed 59.3 percent shooting and 6 of 14 3-PM vs. a Bulldogs team which went 16-17 in 2019. Sean McDermott’s 26 points led all scorers. Teammate Bryce Golden added 17 points during Butler’s convincing win.
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Though, the most disheartening aspect of Wednesday’s setback for IUPUI was the fact Butler was without seven of its regular players. Adjustments must be made for the Jaguars moving forward if they hope to avoid similar results vs. a Bradley team at full strength.
Bradley’s trademark defense falls short vs. host St. JoesWhile shooting just 39 percent overall, Bradley fell short during a back-and-forth effort vs. St. Joseph’s. Evident in their recent defeat is the leadership lost from last season’s defensive-minded NCAA Tournament group. After holding opponents to 65.3 ppg in 2019, the Braves couldn’t contain the Hawks’ late surge. Senior Darrell Brown’s 17 points led Bradley. Four other Braves lent double-figure scoring, with senior Nate Kennell adding 15.
Though minus steady opposing defensive pressure, St. Joe standouts Ryan Daly (26), Myles Douglas (18) and Lorenzo Edward (12) did just enough to slide past the visiting Braves.
After rallying from adversity last season, it appears Wardle will need another inspirational moment for his men to reach full potential.
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