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Bradley Braves vs. Missouri State Bears - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State Bears (8-11) at Bradley Braves (6-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Carver Arena)

The Line: Bradley Braves -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: KOLR 10

The Missouri State Bears will travel to the Carver Arena to take on the Bradley Bears this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Missouri State Bears lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 8-11 (2-5 MVC) on the season after losing 76-53 to the 14th ranked Wichita State Shockers this past Wednesday. Missouri State shot only 20.0% (2-10) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Wichita State by a 40-24 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Dorrian Williams who had 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Missouri State is ranked 180th in the RPI Standings and has played the 60th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Austin Ruder (8.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Dorian Williams (8.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.6 apg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 62.7 ppg (ranked 287th) on 40.9% shooting (ranked 285th). The Bears shoot 75.6% from the free-throw line as a team (ranked 10th) and commit only 11.2 turnovers per game (ranked 34th). Defensively, Missouri State is holding opponents to an average of 63.8 ppg (ranked 127th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 143rd). The Bears are allowing teams to shoot 36.4% from beyond the arc (ranked 279th) and pull down just 32.32 total rpg (ranked 278th).

Bradley Braves vs. Missouri State Bears - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Bradley Braves lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 6-14 (1-6 MVC) on the season after losing 70-59 to the Southern Illinois Salukis this past Wednesday. Bradley allowed Southern Illinois to shoot 46.3% from the field and 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Braves was Josh Cunningham who had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Bradley is ranked 267th in the RPI Standings and has played the 92nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Braves have been led by Warren Jones (13.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Tramique Sutherland (11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg). Offensively, Bradley is averaging 58.6 ppg (ranked 329th) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 327th). The Braves average just 9.5 apg (ranked 328th) and commit 13.4 turnovers per game (ranked 217th). Defensively, Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of 61.2 ppg (ranked 59th) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 146th). The Braves are grabbing 33.7 total rpg (ranked 224th) and have a rebound margin of 1.8 (ranked 143rd)

The Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Braves are 2-5 ATs in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Both of teams are desperate for a win and you expect this one to be a low scoring as both teams don’t have many options on the offensive end. Missouri State recently lost their leading scorer, Marcus Marshall (19.7 ppg – 2nd in MVC) as he decided to leave the team and will transfer for next season. Although Bradley hasn’t done much this season, they’ve have played better at home this year and until Missouri State can show that they have some sort of offensive without Marshall, I’m going to be staying away from them. Take Bradley to cover this small spread.  

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