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Bradley Braves vs. Illinois State Redbirds Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14

Illinois State Redbirds (11-9) at Bradley Braves (8-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Carver Arena)

The Line: Bradley Braves 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Illinois State hopes to end a three-game slide when they take to the road to face Bradley Wednesday.

The Breakdown: The Redbirds are in third place in the Missouri Valley Conference, dropping to 4-4 following a 76-62 loss to Indiana State Saturday. Illinois State was outshot from the field 50.0 percent to 36.4 percent and from distance 52.4 percent to 21.1 percent. The Redbirs finished with 38-33 rebounding advantage and committed 12 turnovers. Junior G Bobby Hunter had a team-high 13 points on 6 of 12 shooting to go along with 6 boards, freshman C Reggie Lynch had 11 points and 7 rebounds and freshman G Paris Lee added 11 points. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 69.3 ppg on 40.1 percent shooting and junior G Daishon Knight leads the team in scoring with 12.9 ppg, followed by sophomore G Zach Lofton at 11.0 ppg.

Bradley Braves vs. Illinois State Redbirds Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14

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Meanwhile, Bradley is in 6th place in the MVC with a record of 3-5 and comes in off a 66-60 loss to Evansville Sunday. The Braves shot 42.3 percent from the floor and hit 6 of 16 from outside the arc to the Aces’ 48.6 percent from the field and 3 of 11 from distance. Bradley also committed 14 turnovers. Senior G Walt Lemon, Jr. had a team-high 14 points to go along with 6 assists, senior F Tyshon Pickett scored 13 points and freshman F Auston Barnes added 11 points and 4 rebounds. Through 21 games, the Braves are averaging 64.0 ppg on 42.8 percent shooting and Lemon leads the team with 17.2 ppg, followed by Pickett at 11.7 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: This game is currently set at a PK and points seem a little harder to come by for Bradley as they average just 64 points a game to Illinois State’s 69.3. The Braves shoot the ball a little bit better, though and have a steady scorer in Lemon. Bradley is at home so they get the lean.

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