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Bradley men open MVC season in Carbondale on New Year’s Eve

PEORIA – Bradley men’s basketball opens its Missouri Valley Conference schedule on New Year’s Eve at Southern Illinois, according to an announcement Tuesday from the league office.

The Braves’ home opener follows on Sunday, Jan. 3 against reigning MVC regular-season champion UNI.

That’s the first of four Sunday league games for Bradley in the 18-game round-robin format. The next one comes the following Sunday at Loyola.

Also, the Interstate 74 rivalry matchup at Illinois State is Sunday, Jan. 31 and the contest at Valparaiso is Sunday, Feb. 21.

The home game vs. the Redbirds will come on a weekend date in Peoria for the first time in nine years on Saturday, Jan.