Bradley Braves vs. Wichita State Shockers - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (19-3) at Bradley Braves (7-16)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Carver Arena)
The Line: Bradley Braves +15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Cox Channel / ESPN 3
The Wichita State Shockers will travel to Carver Arena to take on the Bradley Braves this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The 16th ranked Wichita State Shockers had their nine game winning streak snapped and dropped to 19-3 (9-1 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Iowa Panthers, 70-54, this past Saturday. Wichita State allowed Northern Iowa to shoot 60.0% from the field and 71.4% (5-7) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Shockers was Fred VanVleet who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Wichita State is ranked 13th in the RPI Standings and has played the 73rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Ron Baker (16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Fred VanVleet (11.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, Wichita State is averaging 70.4 ppg (ranked 105th) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 102nd). The Shockers average just 9.5 turnovers per game (ranked 5th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.44 (ranked 12th). Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 56.6 ppg (ranked 11th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 110th). The Shockers average 35.32 total rpg (ranked 147th) and have a rebound margin of 5.8 (ranked 30th).
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The Bradley Braves dropped to 7-16 (2-8 MVC) on the season after losing to the Indiana State Sycamores 64-58 this past Saturday. Bradley shot only 26.9% (7-26) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Indiana State by a 41-32 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Braves was Tramique Sutherland who had 17 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Bradley is ranked 289th in the RPI Standings and has played the 157th ranked SOS. On the season, the Braves have been led by Warren Jones (13.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Tramique Sutherland (11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg). Offensively, Bradley is averaging 58.6 ppg (ranked 332nd) on 38.6% shooting (ranked 329th). The Braves average just 9.6 apg (ranked 328th) and commit 13.2 turnovers per game (ranked 208th). Defensively, Bradley is holding their opponents to 61.6 ppg (ranked 68th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 162nd). The Braves average 33.35 total rpg (ranked 236th) and have a rebound margin of 1.3 (ranked 157th).
The Shockers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 44-20 ATS in their last 64 road games. The Braves are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win however, just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Wichita State was due for a bad game on both ends, and that is exactly what happened last Saturday against a good Northern Iowa team. Bradley has really struggled this year on the offensive end and relies on a strong defensive to keep them in ball games. This is a monster line however, Wichita State has beaten Bradley by at least 20 points in their last 4 contests, including a 63-43 victory earlier this season. I see Wichita State getting back on track at Bradley and covers this large spread. Take Wichita State to cover.