Bradley Meets Injury-Riddled ISU Wednesday

Braves Host Shorthanded Redbiirds

PEORIA, Ill. - Round two of the I-74 rivalry is in Peoria on Wednesday.

And the Illinois State Redbirds will come limping into Carver Arena with a shorthanded team. Freshman Taylor Bruninga (concussion) has been ruled out and coach Dan Muller says it "would take a miracle" for Phil Fayne (foot) to play.

Guard Keyshawn Evans has missed the last two games with a bone bruise and is questionable to play.

"You've got to go out there and play with what you've got. We are not feeling sorry for ourselves or anything like that," said ISU sophomore guard Madison Williams. "We just go out there and do our role, like I said before. Just play basketball."

The Redbirds beat Bradley 70-57 last month in Normal and expect the game to be a dog fight.

"We're going to have to handle adversity. We're going to see some," said ISU coach Dan Muller. "Whether it's foul trouble, their crowd, going on a run, them making shots, we're going to see adversity. And that wil tell me what our psyches is when we face that."

Bradley, which has lost nine straight to ISU, isn't taking the injury-riddle Redbirds lightly.

"We're going into the game with the same mentality and focus, as if those guys were playing," said BU senior forward Donte Thomas. "As far as we're concerned, they were out there at practice today. So we are ready for them."

Bradley will be trying to stop a thre-game lsoing streak.

"We just want to stay true to our identity," said BU junior guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye. "We talk a lot about C.D.R.: compete, defend, rebound. So we know we need to do those things in order to win. I think we haven't been fully committed those last couple of games, and we just need to get back to it and I'm sure we will."

 


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