Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Bradley Braves - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bradley Braves (8-20) at Northern Iowa Panthers (25-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm (McLeod Center)
The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #11 Northern Iowa Panthers hope to stay on a roll when the Bradley Braves visit the McLeod Center.
The Bradley Braves don't have the big offense so they compensate by keeping their games in the half court in order to milk the clock and most important; keep the scoreboard manageable. The Braves are outscored 61-58 which tells us what this team needs and that's consistent offense. Points continued to be scarce in a 60-47 loss to visiting Illinois State where the Braves 22 first half points set the tone. The Redbird connected at 44% with the Braves checking in with an ice cold 29.6% which was a difference of seven baskets. Omari Grier was the only player to break double figures in scoring with ten pointson 4-6 from the floor while the tandem of Auston Barnes and Warren Jones added nine points apiece and a combined 15 rebounds.
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The Northern Iowa Panthers and Whichita State Shockers are both 14-1 in the Missouri Valley with the Shockers lone defeat coming at the hands of UNI. That means the Panthers have zero room for error with the last game of the regular seasonn coming at Wichita State in what is setting up as a winner take all. The defensive minded Panthers continued to shut down opponents in Wednesday's 58-39 decion at Loyo;a (Chicago) where a 30-18 lead at intermission essentially put this game in the win column. The Panthers sank shots at nearly 46% with advantages from the perimeter and the line to outdistance the Ramblers 39% accuracy. Nate Buss and Seth Tuttle led a balanced attack with ten points and 13 rebounds while Matt Bohannon, Deon Mitchell and Jeremy Morgan combined for another 22 points.
The Braves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game. Bradley are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 4-0-3 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Northern Iowa are 9-1-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win and 9-1-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall. Northern Iowa simply can't afford to lose if they want to put the Shockers away in the MVC and cover if they want...