The mens basketball team released its 2017-2018 Missouri Valley Conference schedule Tuesday. The Braves begin MVC play on Dec. 28 in Des Moines, Iowa, taking on Drake, with their first home conference game on New Year’s Eve hosting the University of Northern Iowa.
Last year, the MVC had just one team represent them in the NCAA Tournament. That team, Wichita State, is now a part of the American Athletic Conference. Wichitas departure leaves the MVC up for grabs.
Bradleys toughest stretch comes towards the end of their season. From Feb. 7 to 14, the Braves face back-to-back road games against UNI and Southern Illinois University before returning home to take on rival Illinois State University.
In addition to competing in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase, the Braves will play four non-conference games, including one game against familiar foe Ole Miss. Bradley will also take on University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Chicago State University and Southeast Missouri State University.
The Braves busy preseason will prepare them by the time their conference schedule comes around, allowing them to make a run at capturing the MVC title.