The Bradley Braves have a long basketball tradition that goes back to the early days of the NCAA Tournament. Between 1950 and 1955, the Braves played in three Elite Eights and two National Championship Games (1950 and 1954). The Braves most recent NCAA Tournament trip resulted in a Sweet Sixteen trip in 2006 when they knocked off powerhouse programs Kansas and Pitt.
The Braves play their home games at the Carver Arena in Peoria, Illinois. Carver Arena opened in 1982 and seats over 11,000 fans. The arena comes alive on game days as the students and fans roar their approval for the Braves basketball team. The Braves last two visits to the Big Dance were 2006 and 1996. This is 2016, so it is time for them to return.
The Braves play in the Missouri Valley Conference which includes such great teams as Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Indiana State, Illinois State, Evansville, Drake, Loyola and Missouri State. These schools have a history of great NCAA Tournament victories which include Wichita State and Indiana State making runs to the Final Four.
When you got to a Braves game at the Carver Arena, you will have a great time watching the game and eating your favorite concession items, which there is no shortage of options. Besides the usual stadium fare you can also enjoy menu items such as sweet potato fries, pork chop sandwiches, kettle corn, even a margarita can be had at Carver Arena.
Make sure to get your tickets for Braves basketball in 2015-16. It is a great college basketball venue and the MVC is one of the most exciting conferences in the country.
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