1987-88 Bradley Braves Men's Basketball Team
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1987%E2%80%9388 Bradley Braves Men's Basketball Team
1987-88 Bradley Braves men's basketball
MVC Tournament Champions
MVC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 11
1987-88 record26-5 (12-2 MVC)
Head coachStan Albeck (2nd season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaCarver Arena
Seasons
← 1986-87
1988-89 →
1987-88 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 11 Bradley + 12 2   .857     26 5   .839
Wichita State 11 3   .786     20 10   .667
Illinois State 9 5   .643     18 13   .581
Creighton 6 8   .429     16 16   .500
Southern Illinois 6 8   .429     12 16   .429
Drake 5 9   .357     14 14   .500
Tulsa 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Indiana State 3 11   .214     7 21   .250
+ 1988 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 1987-88 Bradley Braves men's basketball team represented Bradley University during the 1987-88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Braves were members of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and played their home games at Carver Arena. They won the MVC regular season championship as well as the conference tournament.[2] Bradley finished the season 26-5, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. They were led by second-year head coach, and MVC Coach of the Year, Stan Albeck, and Consensus First-team All-American Hersey Hawkins, who led the nation in scoring by averaging 36.3 points per game.[3] Hawkins collected multiple national player of the year awards, and remains the career scoring leader in Missouri Valley Conference history.

Roster

Schedule

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
*
W   1-0
 42-    -    -  (9,587)
*
W   2-0
 44-    -    -  (9,091)
*
W   3-0
 39-    -    -  (2,451)
*
L  OT[4] 3-1
 38-    -    -  (11,200)
*
W   4-1
 51-    -   21-  (8,911)
*
W   5-1
 32-    -    -  (9,879)
*
W   6-1
 36-    -    -  (12,674)
*
W   7-1
 37-    -    -  (4,779)


L   7-2
(0-1)
  -    -    -  (10,670)
*
W   8-2
 49-    -    -  (10,012)

W   9-2
(1-1)
 31-    -    -  (10,470)

W   10-2
(2-1)
  -    -    -  (7,077)

W   11-2
(3-1)
 42-    -    -  (10,480)
*
W   12-2
 34-    -   18-  (10,045)

W   13-2
(4-1)
  -    -    -  (7,981)

L   13-3
(4-2)
 37-    -    -  (10,525)

W   14-3
(5-2)
 32-    -    -  (10,689)
*
W   15-3
  -    -    -  (9,710)
*
L   15-4
  -    -    -  (15,610)

W   16-4
(6-2)
  -    -    -  (10,490)

W   17-4
(7-2)
 38-    -   16-  (10,438)

W   18-4
(8-2)
 35-    -    -  (5,728)


W  OT 19-4
(9-2)
 34-    -    -  (7,745)
*
W   20-4
 63-    -    -  (4,021)

W   21-4
(10-2)
 43-    -    -  (10,470)

W   22-4
(11-2)
 36-    -   18-  (10,490)

W   23-4
(12-2)
 39-    -    -  (8,716)
MVC Tournament
*

W   24-4
 41-    -    -  (9,737)
*

W   25-4
 38-    -    -  (9,225)
*

W   26-4
  -    -    -  (10,570)
NCAA Tournament
*

L   26-5
 44-    -    - 
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. SE=Southeast.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final
AP 18 15 17 14 14 12 11
Coaches Not released 16 20 18 14 17 12 12

Awards and honors

Team players in the 1988 NBA Draft

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 6 Hersey Hawkins Los Angeles Clippers

[11]

References

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Missouri Valley Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ "Hawkins fires Bradley to MVC tourney title". The Salina Journal. AP. March 9, 1988. p. 18. Retrieved 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Drum, Keith (March 21, 1988). "Bradley University guard Hersey Hawkins, who became only the..." UPI. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "WOUNDED MEMPHIS ST. TOPPLES BRADLEY ON PRAYER, 3-POINTERS". Chicago Tribune. December 18, 1987. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Hawkins Throws Book at Irvine With 51 Points in 139-119 Bradley Win". Los Angeles Times. December 20, 1987. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Hersey Hawkins Was a Diamond in Pivot". Los Angeles Times. December 26, 1987. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Wolff, Alexander (January 25, 1988). "SCORING IN HIGHEST STYLE". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "ON AND OFF COURT, BRADLEY`S HAWKINS IS ON TARGET". Chicago Tribune. January 17, 1988. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "AUBURN TIPS BRADLEY DESPITE HAWKINS` 44". Chicago Tribune. March 18, 1988. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Bradley University guard Hersey Hawkins, who became only the..." UPI Archives. March 21, 1988. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "1988 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2019.

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