2016-17 Schedules: Bradley Braves

Sophomore guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and the young Bradley Braves are looking to bounce back from a dismal 5-win season in 2015-16. (Source: Bradley Braves Athletics) (Header: USA Today Sports)
Sophomore guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye and the young Bradley Braves are looking to bounce back from a dismal 5-win season in 2015-16. (Source: Bradley Braves Athletics) (Header: USA Today Sports)

In 2015-16, the Bradley Braves were one of the nation’s youngest teams, and their inexperience showed almost on a nightly basis.

Despite the struggles, there were flashes of brilliance over the course of the season that have led to heightened levels of optimism for the current crop of Braves as their careers progress. With a year under their belts, Bradley is looking to take another step towards contending in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Leading the way for the Braves in 2016-17 is sophomore guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye. He is the team’s top returning scorer from a season ago, while the Braves return the majority of their offense from 2015-16.

The talent is there for the Bradley Braves, it’s just a matter of experience and playing time. In non-conference play, the Braves will take on several tough teams that will serve as benchmarks for their individual and team development in 2016-17.

Bradley Braves

2015-16 Record: 5-27 (3-15 in Missouri Valley; 9th)
Key Returnees: Donte Thomas, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, Ronnie Suggs, Luuk van Bree, Antoine Pittman
Key Departures: Ka’Darryl Bell

2016-17 Schedule
(** Denotes Conference Play)

11/6/2016: v. UW-La Crosse (Exhibition)
*Peoria, IL

11/11/2016: v. Illinois-Springfield (Gulf Coast Showcase)
*Peoria, IL

11/13/2016: v. Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
*Peoria, IL

11/18/2016: v. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
*Peoria, IL

11/21/2016: v. Hofstra Pride (Gulf Coast Showcase)
*Germain Arena; Estero, FL

11/22/2016: TBD (Gulf Coast Showcase)
*Germain Arena; Estero, FL

11/23/2016: TBD (Gulf Coast Showcase)
*Germain Arena; Estero, FL

11/29/2016: @ Eastern Illinois Panthers
*Charleston, IL

12/3/2016: v. Nevada Wolfpack (MW/MVC Challenge)
*Peoria, IL

12/6/2016: @ Ball State Cardinals
*Munice, IN

12/10/2016: v. Chicago State Cougars
*Peoria, IL

12/16/2016: v. UT-Arlington Mavericks
*Peoria, IL

12/19/2016: @ Ole Miss Rebels
*Oxford, MS

12/21/2016: @ TCU Horned Frogs
*Fort Worth, TX

Conference Schedule: TBD