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Evansville Purple Aces vs. Bradley Braves - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bradley Braves (7-17) at Evansville Purple Aces (16-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Bradley Braves will travel to the Ford Center to take on the Evansville Purple Aces this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Bradley Braves dropped to 7-17 (2-9 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Wichita State Shockers, 62-59, this past Wednesday. Bradley shot 35.7% from the field and 30% (3-10) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Braves was Tramique Sutherland who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Bradley is ranked 284th in the RPI Standings and has played the 135th ranked SOS. On the season, the Braves have been led by Tramique Sutherland (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Auston Barnes (10.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 spg). Bradley is averaging 58.6 ppg (ranked 335th) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 329th). The Braves average 5.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 231st) on 32.6% three-point shooting (ranked 232nd).  Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg (ranked 68th) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 166th). The Braves average 6.8 spg (ranked 124th) and have a turnover margin of 0.9 (ranked 115th).

Evansville Purple Aces vs. Bradley Braves - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Evansville Purple Aces dropped to 16-7 (6-5 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Illinois State Redbirds, 77-51, this past Tuesday. Evansville shot 32.7% from the field and 0.0% (0-10) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Aces was Egidijus Mockevicius who had 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 steal. Evansville is ranked 94th in the RPI Standings and has played the 143rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by D.J. Balentine (19.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg) and Egidijus Mockevicius (12.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.6 bpg). Evansville is averaging 72.0 ppg (ranked 76th) on 49.0% shooting (ranked 12th). The Purple Aces average 16.0 apg (ranked 17th) and shoot 75.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 14th).  Evansville is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg (ranked 145th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 171st). The Purple Aces grab 33.17 defensive rpg (ranked 99th) and have a rebound margin of 2.5 (ranked 111th).

The Braves are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Purple Aces are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.

Bradley got down early against the Shockers but held the Wichita State to just 27 second-half points and almost came back for the victory. Evansville suffered their first real blowout against a tough Illinois State team as they struggled mightily from beyond the arc. Bradley has been playing better however, they still don't have a road win this year and will once again be without their leading scorer, Warren Jones (13.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg). I think Evansville is one of the top teams in the MVC and I think they rebound from their recent loss with a double-digit victory at home. Take Evansville to cover. 

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Evansville Purple Aces -9.5

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