For the second-straight year, ISU beats UNI and faces Wichita State in the semifinals.
ISU leads the all-time series against Utah State, 3-2
ISU and UE enter the game tied for fifth place in the Valley with 7-8 league records.
The first 1,200 fans in attendance will receive a complementary Red Out Wichita T-shirt.
Illinois State has won five-straight home games against Bradley.
Former Illinois State basketball letterwinner Dana Ford is once again a Redbird, this time as the associate head coach of the ISU men's basketball team. Joining the Redbird coaching staff prior to the 2012-13 season, Ford works alongside head coach and fellow Redbird alumnus, Dan Muller.
Along with his experience at Illinois State, Ford's resume includes assistant coaching positions at Wichita State, Tennessee State and Chipola Junior College.
At Wichita State in 2011-12, Ford helped head coach Gregg Marshall guide an NCAA Tournament team to a final Associated Press ranking of No. 18. The Shockers were 27-6 overall and claimed the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.
Ford coached two seasons (2009-11) at Tennessee State under head coach John Cooper. Ford was instrumental in recruiting talented classes for the Tigers, which played key roles in the team's 20-13 record last season, including the upset of previously unbeaten Murray State.
Before TSU, he served as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College (Fla.). While there, he helped lead Chipola to an impressive 35-2 overall record, its sixth-consecutive Panhandle Conference Championship with a 12-0 record, its fifth FCCAA State Championship in 10 years and a third-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament.
Prior to Chipola, Ford served two years as a graduate assistant under Marshall at Wichita State and Winthrop. While at Winthrop, the Eagles captured their first NCAA Tournament win, defeating Notre Dame and finishing the season ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press and USA Today Top-25 polls.
A 2006 graduate of Illinois State, Ford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. While at ISU, he was a four-year letterwinner from 2002-06 and was voted the squad's defensive player of the year after being ranked in the MVC top-10 in both steals and blocks.
Ford is a native of Tamms, Ill., and is a member of the NABC and BCA. He is married to Christina Ford and has a son, Carson, and a stepson, Cameron.