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Wichita State Shockers vs. Bradley Braves - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bradley Braves (6-9) at Wichita State Shockers (12-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)

The Line: Wichita State Shockers -20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Cox Channel

The Bradley Braves will travel to Charles Koch Arena to take on the Wichita State Shockers this Wednesday night.

The Bradley Braves improved to 6-9 (1-1 MVC) after defeating the Southern Illinois Salukis 63-44 this past Saturday. The Braves jumped out to a 33-19 lead by halftime and held the Salukis to 0.0% (0-14) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Braves was Auston Barnes who had 14 points and 3 rebounds. Bradley is currently ranked 273rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 206th ranked SOS. On the season, the Braves have been led by Warren Jones (14.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg) and Tramique Sutherland (13.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3 apg). Offensively, Bradley is averaging 59.3 ppg (ranked 317th) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 319th). The Braves struggle at the line as they are currently shooting 65.3% (ranked 269th) as a team. Defensively, Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of 58.7 ppg (ranked 34th) on 39.8% shooting (ranked 84th). The Braves average 22.93 defensive rpg (ranked 244th) and 35.27 total rpg (ranked 171st).

Wichita State Shockers vs. Bradley Braves - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 15th ranked Wichita State Shockers defeated the Illinois State Redbirds 70-62 this past Sunday to improve to 12-2 (2-0 MVC) on the season. The Shockers shot 52.3% from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Wichita State was Fred VanVleet who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. The Shockers are ranked 11th in the RPI Standings and have played the 23 ranked SOS. On the season, Wichita State has been led by Ron Baker (16.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Fred VanVleet (11.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.2apg, 2.0 spg). Offensively, the Shockers average 73.4 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 123rd). Wichita State is averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 53rd) on 38.0% three-point shooting (ranked 49th). The Shockers average 10.1 turnovers per game (ranked 10th). Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 60.2 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 157th). The Shockers average 23.36 defensive rpg (ranked 208th) and 36.36 total rpg (ranked 118th).

The Braves are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 7-21 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Shockers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. team with a losing S.U. record and 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall.

Over the past few weeks, Wichita State hasn’t looked nearly at dominate as they did last season as they’ve struggled a bit on the offensive end. Although I’m confident that the Shockers will find their offensive sooner than later, I think that Bradley will do enough on the defensive end to keep this one within the large spread. Take the Bradley Braves to cover in this one.   

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