Records: IPFW (7-4), Bradley (5-4)
When: 8 p.m. today
Where: Carver Arena, Peoria, Ill.
Radio: 1380 AM
IPFW leaders: Luis Jacobo (14.5 ppg), Joe Reed (5.7 rpg), Pierre Bland (4.8 apg)
Bradley leaders: Walt Lemon Jr. (17.2 ppg), Tyshon Pickett, Austin Barnes (7.2 rpg), Lemon (4.1 apg)
Key matchup: Lemon, a 6-foot-3 senior guard out of Chicago, is the engine who makes the Braves go. He leads Bradley in scoring, assists and steals (17 in nine games), and opens things up for Pickett (15.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and 3-point shooter Omari Grier (12.6 ppg, 19 threes), the other Braves’ double-figure scorers. That sounds a lot like the Mastodons’ Bland, who averages 10.0 points and 4.8 assists to go with a team-high 19 steals and 4.6 rebounds per game, tied for third best on the team.
The skinny: The Mastodons bounced back from the devastating loss at Miami with a pleasure cruise on homecoming against Dartmouth in Memorial Coliseum. IPFW never trailed in the game and led by as many as 25 points in an 80-64 win highlighted by Luis Jacobo’s 23 points. The Mastodons, who made a school-record 15 threes in the loss to Miami, continued to bring it from the 3-point line, making 7 of 17 (41.2 percent), led by Jacobo with three. For the season, IPFW has made 81-of-212 threes (38.2 percent) and two players – Jacobo, Michael Kibiloski, Joe Reed and Mo Evans – are shooting better than 39 percent, led by Evans’ 50 percent (16 of 32). The Mastodons remain unbeaten at home (3-0) and are .500 (4-4) away from Fort Wayne.
– Ben Smith, The Journal Gazette