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Green Bay to Play at Bradley in CollegeInsider.com Tournament

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Release: March 13, 2013
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Sultan Muhammad and the Phoenix will play at Bradley on March 20.

By: Andrew Gavin (@GBGavin)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Head coach Brian Wardle and the Green Bay men's basketball team have accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), marking the program's first appearance in this postseason tournament. Green Bay (18-15) will open the tournament at Bradley (16-16) on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

"We are excited about the opportunity to continue our season in a postseason tournament," said Wardle. "We appreciate the invitation from College Insider and are looking forward to playing Bradley, a well-coached, quality opponent from a strong conference. We are working hard to get our program to contend in the Horizon League and play in the postseason consistently."

Bradley is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and posted a 7-11 record in conference play this season. The Braves and the Phoenix played three common opponents, with Bradley posting a 1-2 record in three meetings with Drake, sweeping its season series with Southern Illinois and beating UIC 63-62 in a BracketBuster contest in Chicago.

The Braves, led by second-year head coach Geno Ford, have three double-digit scorers. Chicago native Walt Lemon, Jr. leads Bradley in scoring at 15.4 points per game. The Phoenix is also led in scoring by a Chicago native, Keifer Sykes. After matching his career high with 31 points in Saturday's 70-69 loss at Valparaiso, Sykes is averaging 15.8 points per game.

The Phoenix has won six of its last nine games and recently advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship. Green Bay posted wins over Milwaukee (62-46) and UIC (64-63) before falling to top-seeded and eventual champion Valparaiso 70-69 on a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer.

Green Bay last appeared in a postseason tournament in the 2009-10 season, when it played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Phoenix defeated Akron in the opening round before losing in the second round at Saint Louis.

Tickets for the CIT opener at $22 between the baselines and $20 in the endzones. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Renaissance Coliseum Box Office, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 309.677.2625 or online at BradleyBraves.com.

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