The Bradley Braves have struggled the last number of years in the Missouri Valley Conference ever since their Sweet 16 appearance in 2006. If there is one person who could get Bradley back on track, it is their second-year coach Geno Ford. Ford came over from the Kent State Flashes after the 2010-11 season where he took Kent State to the NIT quarterfinals. Ford had a rough year last season with the Braves but appears to have righted the ship this year.
Bradley got back to the .500 mark in MVC play with a 83-77 win over the Illinois State Redbirds on Tuesday night and are now 13-9 for the season. Bradley was down eight at the half before winning the game so I don’t know what Ford said in the locker room at halftime but it worked. Ford is going to need to continue giving those kind of speeches for the Braves to move to the top of the MVC instead of being stuck in the middle of the pack as they are now.
This is Ford’s team to mold and make better and slowly but surely Bradley will get better. It will take another year or two probably for Ford to get the players he needs in the program to make a run at the NIT or even the NCAA Tournament but it looks like Ford has Bradley on the right track again finally after five straight seasons of not making any postseason tournament. The glory days for Bradley could be coming back soon thanks to Ford.