Redbirds Host Second Round of I-74 Rivalry
Tyler Brown
Tyler Brown

Feb. 12, 2013

 Illinois State vs. Bradley | Normal, Ill.
 Date  Wednesday, February 13
 Normal, Ill.
 7:05 p.m. (CST)
 Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena
 TV  WTVP (PBS): Kurt Pegler - Play-by-Play | Danny Adams - Analyst
 WTVP  Comcast Ch. 13, DirecTV Ch. 47, Dish (with local channels) Ch. 7756
 Live Video (PPV)
 Radio  WJBC 1230-AM: Dick Luedke- Play-by-Play | Mike Matthews - Analyst
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Game Notes  Illinois State Notes | Bradley Notes
 Vote For Tyler Brown  Click Here To Vote For Tyler Brown In The Dark Horse Dunker Competition


  • Tyler Brown is the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week (26.0 points/7.0 assists last week).
  • Illinois State has won six out of its last seven games after starting 0-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • The Redbirds' 6-1 record in the last seven contests is best in the league, making ISU the hottest team in the Valley.
  • ISU is coming off of a 75-72 win at No. 16 Creighton on Saturday, its first win over a ranked road team since 1985.
  • ISU came back from a 17-point deficit at Drake last Wednesday, marking the biggest Redbird comeback since 2004.
  • The Redbirds made 32 free throws against Drake, the most since making 33 versus SIUE on Nov. 14, 2010.
  • Illinois State lost its first meeting this season with Bradley, 83-77, at Carver Arena on Jan. 29.
  • ISU has won seven out of the last eight meetings against Bradley, including five-straight home games.
  • The Redbirds have limited the opposition to an average of 39.4 percent from the field during their last six wins.
  • Illinois State is 11-3 when coming off of a win, and 3-7 when coming off of a loss.
  • The Redbirds are 7-2 this season when they shoot 50 percent or better, which has not yet happened in Valley play.
  • Illinois State is 11-1 this season when the Redbirds shoot more free throws than the opposition.
  • The Redbirds are 7-0 when they record 10 or more steals in a game, which they did at Drake last Wednesday.
  • Illinois State features the second-highest scoring offense in the Valley, and 30th nationally, averaging 76.0 points.
  • The Redbirds' field goal percentage (46.5 percent) ranks second in the Valley and 39th in the country.
  • Illinois State ranks second in the Valley with 4.0 blocked shots per game.
  • The Redbirds are third in the Valley with 15.7 assists per game, which ranks 28th in the nation.
  • Jackie Carmichael leads the Valley and ranks 40th in the country with 9.1 rebounds per contest.
  • Jackie Carmichael's 11-season double-doubles ranks 13th in the nation.
  • Jackie Carmichael's 30-career double-doubles ranks third-best in the Valley over the past 25 years.
  • Jackie Carmichael is one of seven Redbirds to record 800-plus rebounds. He has 864 total boards.


  • Bradley University is located in Peoria, Ill., and has an enrollment of 6,000. The Braves compete at the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • The Braves return four starters from last year's team which finished 7-25 with a 2-16 Valley record (10th). Bradley was picked to finish ninth in the Valley this season. Illinois State was picked second in the poll.
  • Bradley leads the all-time series, 62-53. The Redbirds have won seven out of the last eight games against the Braves, and had won seven-straight prior to Illinois State's 83-77 loss at Bradley on Jan. 29.
  • The Braves have not won on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena since a 70-62 victory on Feb. 3, 2007. That was also the last time that Bradley earned a regular-season sweep over Illinois State. The Redbirds are 19-5 against Bradley at Redbird Arena.
  • Head coach Dan Muller owned a 5-3 record against Bradley as a player from 1994-98.

    WTVP (PBS): Comcast Ch. 13, DirecTV Ch. 47, Dish (with local channels) Ch. 7756 (PPV online stream):

    PEORIA, Ill. (Jan. 29) - After leading by as many as 16 points in the first half, eight at halftime and seven in the second half, the Illinois State men's basketball team (12-10, 3-7 MVC) fell to in-state rival Bradley (13-9, 5-5 MVC) for the first time in the last eight meetings, 83-77, on Jan. 29, at Carver Arena. The Redbirds surrendered points on 14 of Bradley's final 15 possessions and were held without a field goal for over five minutes down the stretch. Despite tying a season-high with 13-made three pointers, turnovers hindered the Redbirds throughout the contest. ISU committed a season-high 23 in the loss, with Bradley scoring 27 points off of the miscues. Jackie Carmichael and John Wilkins each scored 16 points to lead ISU, a season-high for Wilkins. Bradley's Walt Lemon Jr., scored a career-high 27 points to lead the way for the Braves.

    Illinois State and Bradley are both tied for sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference with 6-7 league records. The winner could end the night tied for fourth in the league standings, while the loser
    could be tied for seventh, two games behind the next closest team(s) in the Valley.

    Senior guard Tyler Brown scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Illinois State to a 75-72 win at No. 16 Creighton Saturday night. The victory was ISU's first over a nationally ranked team on the road since topping No. 17 Tulsa in 1985. It was also ISU's first win in Omaha, Neb., since 2010.

    Illinois State is 6-1 in its last seven games, making the Redbirds the winningest team in the league over the last seven contests. ISU has not won six out of seven conference games since the Redbirds went on a six-game league winning streak during the 2009-10 season, which resulted in an NIT berth.

    ISU started the conference season with an 0-6 mark, and the Redbirds have won six of their last seven. No team in league history has started league play at 0-6 and then rebounded to finish .500. A total of 53 teams in the league's 106-year history have started 0-6 or worse.

    ISU has recorded its top four Valley shooting percentages over the last four games (45.8 percent at Bradley, 46.2 percent against Southern Illinois, 48.3 percent at Drake and 49.2 percent at No. 16 Creighton). ISU's blistering 54.2 percent (13-for-24) three-point effort at Bradley on Jan. 29, was also an overall season high, along with the Redbirds' 54-point second half at Drake on Feb. 6.

    Illinois State has won six out of its last seven Missouri Valley Conference games, thanks in large part to improved defense. During ISU's six Valley victories, the Redbirds have held the opposition to 63.5 points per game, compared to the 75.3 points per game averaged during ISU's Valley losses (a difference of 11.8 points). Illinois State has also limited the opposition to 39.4 percent shooting in league wins, contrasted with a 47.4 percent clip allowed in conference losses (an 8.0 percent difference).

    Illinois State overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to beat Drake by eight points, 94-86, on Feb. 6. The come-from-behind victory tied for the third-best comeback in Redbird history and the biggest since ISU also overcame a 17-point disadvantage at home against Drake on Mar. 1, 2004. Illinois State beat the Bulldogs, 73-68, with current ISU Associate Head Coach Dana Ford contributing two points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal off of the bench. ISU has now overcome four 17-point deficits, one 18-point deficit and one 21-point deficit (Nov. 27, 1989), which was the largest comeback in program history.

    Senior forward Jackie Carmichael moved into 10th place on the Illinois State career-scoring list during Saturday night's contest at No. 16 Creighton, surpassing head coach Dan Muller. Carmichael now has 1,456-career points, while Muller scored 1,445 in his four-year career. The Manhattan, Kan., native also made his 100th-career start in ISU's win over the Bluejays.

    For the first time in his career, Illinois State senior guard Tyler Brown is the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. It is the fourth Valley Player of the Week honor awarded to an Illinois State player this season, after Jackie Carmichael received the award three times, on Nov. 19, Dec. 27 and Jan. 28.

    Tyler Brown averaged a team-best 26.0 points, 7.0 assists and 2.5 steals, plus 3.5 rebounds to lead Illinois State to two road wins at Drake (Feb. 6) and at No. 16 Creighton (Feb. 9). Brown was 17-for-36 (47.2 percent) from the field, 5-for-14 (35.7 percent) from beyond the arc and 13-for-15 (86.7 percent) at the free throw in the two victories. He was the scoring leader in both games. At No. 16 Creighton, Brown netted a game-high 27 points, including 23 in the second half. He shot 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from the field and 4-for-5 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line. In the second half, with the Redbirds leading by two, Brown netted 13-consecutive ISU points to establish a five-point ISU advantage, 65-60, with 6:40 left. Brown scored a game-high 25 points, with a career-best nine assists, plus four steals and four rebounds at Drake.

    With 10 steals recorded during Illinois State's win at Drake on Feb. 6, the Redbirds improved to 7-0 this season when they record 10 or more steals in a game. It marked the second time that ISU has collected double-digit steals in a Missouri Valley Conference game this year.

    The Redbirds scored a scorching 94 points, including 54 in the second half, during the win at Drake on Feb. 6. It marked the first time since 2001 that ISU has netted more than 90 points against a Missouri Valley Conference foe. The last time that happened, ISU won at Evansville, 94-87, in double-overtime on Feb. 12, 2001. Illinois State has now scored 90 or more points three times this season, and 80 or more points nine times. ISU is 9-0 when netting 80 or more.

    Part of Illinois State's recent success can be attributed to success at the foul line. In Illinois State's six Valley victories, the Redbirds have averaged 19.2 free throws on 26.2 attempts. In contrast, ISU averaged 15.4 free throws (a difference of 3.8) on 21.1 attempts (a difference of 5.1) during the Redbirds' seven conference losses. Illinois State made a season-high 32 charity shots on 36 attempts, which was the most by ISU in a game since the Redbirds made 33 versus SIUE on Nov. 14, 2010. It also marked the first time during Illinois State's Valley era (1982-present) that three Redbirds have each netted nine or more free throws in the same game. ISU is now 11-1 this season when the Redbirds shoot more free throws than their opponent.

    Senior guard/forward John Wilkins made his first start of the season in Illinois State's win at Southern Illinois on Jan. 20. He has started every game since, and is averaging 9.4 points and 4.3 rebounds during the starting-stretch. He has also shot a team-best 57.9 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 93.3 percent from the free throw line during the last seven contests. The Antibes, France, native recorded a season-high 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field in the win at Drake on Feb. 6.

    Senior guard Tyler Brown, who averaged 17.3 points per game through the non-conference season, cooled off at the beginning of Illinois State's Valley season. During the Redbirds' six-game losing streak, Brown was held to 10.4 points per game. However, the Owensboro, Ky., native has been instrumental in Illinois State's recent success. Since snapping the skid, Brown has averaged 19.3 points per game. He led ISU with 27 points in the win at No. 16 Creighton on Saturday night.

    In Missouri Valley Conference play, Jackie Carmichael has accounted for more than a quarter of Illinois State's total offense and rebounding. The senior forward is credited with 25.1 percent of the Redbirds' league points, and 28.9 percent of their conference rebounds. During non-conference play, Carmichael was responsible for 22.5 percent of Illinois State's offense and 22.2 percent of ISU's rebounding, representing a 2.6 percent increase in his offensive contribution and a 6.7 percent increase in rebounding.

    Redbird senior forward Jackie Carmichael earned his 31st-career double-double and 11th of the season during Illinois State's victory against Southern Illinois on Feb. 2. He is now tied for third on the career double-doubles list with Billy Lewis (31), and behind Jeff Wilkins (42) and Ron DeVries (50).

    Senior forward Jackie Carmichael had one block last Wednesday at Drake to give him 181 for his career - that ranks seventh-best all-time in the MVC. Only two Valley players since 1991 have had more (Grant Stout of UNI-222 from 2003-07; and Randal Falker of SIU-195 from 2004-08).

    ISU was featured again on ESPN's Top Plays. A dunk by Jackie Carmichael at Bradley earned the No. 4 spot during the Jan. 29 edition of SportsCenter. Earlier this season, two Tyler Brown dunks from ISU's win over Drexel made the list. No. 5 was an alley-oop dunk from Bryant Allen, and No. 4 was an alley-oop dunk from Kaza Keane. Carmichael made his second Top Plays appearance, after also earning a spot last season for a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Evansville on Jan. 7, 2012.

    Tyler Brown is one of 16 finalists nominated for the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" competition, Intersport announced Monday. The winner will participate in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta at 6 p.m., April 4, on ESPN. Sixteen dunkers have been selected to compete in the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" Facebook bracket, which is a five-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (