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    The Flames played against Joey Miller in the BracketBusters game at EIU last season, before he transferred to UIC.
     
    The Flames played against Joey Miller in the BracketBusters game at EIU last season, before he transferred to UIC.
     
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    Feb. 4, 2013

    CHICAGO - The UIC men's basketball team drew in-state foe Bradley for the 2013 Ramada BracketBusters contest. The Flames and Braves will meet for the fifth time in school history on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3:00 p.m. CST at the Pavilion.

    Bradley owns a 3-1 all-time series lead versus UIC. The two squads will be meeting for the first time since the 2008-09 season opener (11/14/08). Bradley will be making its first trip to the Pavilion since Nov. 10, 2007.

    The Flames (14-9, 5-5 Horizon) are 8-1 all-time in BracketBusters games, including a 67-63 win at Eastern Illinois last season (2/18/12). Against Bradley, UIC will be playing its sixth in-state foe this season.

    Bradley is 13-10 this season, with a 5-6 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Braves are being led in scoring by junior guard Walt Lemon Jr., who is scoring 14.8 points per game. Senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards has added 11.8 points per contest, while junior forward Tyshon Pickett is chipping in 11.0 points per game.

    2013 will mark the final iteration of BracketBusters; the Horizon League was a founding member of the event 11 years ago.

    UIC will travel to first-place Valparaiso Tuesday night, while Bradley will begin a two-game homestand against Evansville.

    2013 HORIZON LEAGUE RAMADA BRACKETBUSTERS SCHEDULE (Saturday, Feb. 23)
    Bradley at UIC, 3 p.m. CT
    Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso, Noon -- ESPNU
    Detroit at Wichita State, 3 p.m. CT -- ESPN/ESPN2
    Cleveland State at Western Illinois
    Milwaukee at IUPUI
    Green Bay at Drake
    Kent State at Loyola
    Evansville at Wright State
    Central Michigan at Youngstown State