Men’s Basketball Team Ready for playoffs

With only three games remaining on the schedule, the men’s basketball team is ready to take on the challenge of trying to make a deep run in the playoffs. 

The Braves have a record of 15-11, so far this season, and that includes an outstanding conference record of 8-1. Just recently the Braves had a huge upset victory against Kishwaukee College, who at the time was the number one ranked Divison II team in the nation.

With players like Jamaree Atwater and Brandon Vice leading the way, the Braves have a legitimate chance of winning a Regional Title or even a National Championship. Jamaree currently leads the team in points and Brandon is the team leader in rebounds, so it’s no secret just how important these two particular players are to the team.

It might be easy to say that Jamaree and Brandon are the undeniable leaders of the team, but Coach Bizarri believes leadership has to be a group effort.

“Everybody’s important for setting the tone. Leadership has to be a group effort. Leadership means that people step up when their needed to, and if that’s always just one player then you’re going to have problems,” Coach Bizarri said.

“This group has done a good job of maturing and helping lead one another. We’ve had different guys step up and provide that leadership when we’ve needed them to.”

Brandon Vice agrees the team’s success has come from a majority of players, not just one or two. “We really haven’t had anybody dominate all year. Usually when we need it, someone steps up and makes plays for us.”

The Braves will definitely be counting on their excellent three point shooting in the tournament, which should help give them a competitive advantage against their opponents. They currently have a national ranking of 6th overall in three pointers made this season.

Another strong point for the team this year has been their ability to distribute the basketball around consistently, as they are currently ranked 11th overall in the nation in assists per game.

Prior to the start of the season, Coach Bizarri and his staff relayed a powerful message to the team – be responsible, accountable, and coachable. With the way the Braves have competed this year, it is evident they got the message loud and clear.

“This has been a great group, probably the best group we’ve had as far as being responsible, accountable, and coachable,” Coach Bizarri said.

“I believe it’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to make so much progress throughout the season. They’ve been great around the campus and have done a good job in the classroom, and that’s translated on the floor.”

With a high scoring offense and great team chemistry, there’s no reason not to believe that this year’s team can’t bring home a championship for the Braves Nation.

The Regional Tournament begins March 8, so stay tuned to for more information on the location, game times, and game summaries.