Bradley Braves vs. Drake Bulldogs - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Drake Bulldogs (4-16) at Bradley Braves (7-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Carver Arena)
The Line: Bradley -9 over // under See the Latest Odds
The Drake Bulldogs venture to Carver Arena to take the floor with the Bradley Braves Wednesday night.
The Drake Bulldogs have struggled at both ends of the floor and have been outscored 70-58 overall although the defense has done a reasonable job at times in conference action. The Bulldogs fell to 1-7 in the MVC after a 74-40 defeat at Wichita State on Sunday. The Bulldogs were in trouble from the opening tip as they trailed by 17 at the break with the Shockers continuing to press the issue until the final horn. The Bulldogs were held to 38.5% shooting and turned the ball over 16 times to give the 52% shooting Shockers 15 more looks. Drake didn't have a DD scorer with Reed Timmer leading the offense with eight points with Gary Ricks Jr. and Chris Caird adding six points apiece.
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Bradley is very similar to their counterparts in that scoring is a precious commodity at around 59 points. The Braves have done a decent enough job at controling the pace and the scoreboard with just 61 points given up but it hasn't helped the win column with a 2-6 conference record. BU picked up their second Missouri Valley victory when they edged Missouri State 61-59 on Saturday. This looked as if it was going to be easy with a ten point lead after 20 minutes before a Bears rally made this a squeaker. The Braves won the shooting battle 46%-42% with the biggest difference being a 17-11 advantage at the stripe for the home team. Warren Jones scored a game high 16 points with Auston Barnes and Josh Cunninham adding nine points apiece and a combined 13 rebounds.
The Bulldogs are 10-25-1 ATS in their last 36 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game. Drake are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a S.U. loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Braves are 6-17-3 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. win and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. Bradley are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Drake is awful on the road but Bradley is no prize wherever they play so if you even dare to bet this...