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Missouri State Bears vs. Bradley Braves - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bradley Braves (8-21) at Missouri State Bears (10-18)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Mediacom-Springfield

The Bradley Braves will travel to the JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Bears this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Bradley Braves dropped to 8-21 (3-13 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the 10th-ranked Northern Iowa Panthers, 56-39, this past Saturday. Bradley shot 34.8% from the field and 15.8% (3-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Braves was Auston Barnes who had 5 points and 9 rebounds. Bradley is ranked 280th in the RPI Standings and has played the 106th ranked SOS. On the season, the Braves have been led by Warren Jones (12.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Tramique Sutherland (11.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg). Bradley is averaging 57.1 ppg (ranked 338th) on 37.9% shooting (ranked 339th). The Braves average 5.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 240th) and commit 12.9 turnovers per game (ranked 199th).  Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of 60.9 ppg (ranked 50th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 168th).  The Braves pull down 33.1 total rpg (ranked 234th) and have a rebound margin of 1.3 (ranked 148th).

Missouri State Bears vs. Bradley Braves - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Missouri State Bears dropped to 10-18 (4-12 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Drake Bulldogs, 78-43, this past Sunday. Missouri State shot 28.1% from the field and 15.8% (3-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was Camyn Boone who had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 assist. Missouri State is ranked 220th in the RPI Standings and has played the 77th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bears have been led by Camyn Boone (8.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.8 apg) and Austin Ruder (7.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Missouri State is averaging 59.6 ppg (ranked 329th) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 297th). The Bears are shooting 74.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 27th) and commit 11.7 turnovers per game (ranked 73rd).  Missouri State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg (ranked 113th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 162nd).  The Bears average 32.18 total rpg (ranked 276th) and have a rebound margin of 0.7 (ranked 174th).

The Braves are 10-25 ATS in their last 35 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS loss.

Bradley has lost 7 of their last 9 games and really struggled beyond the arc in their recent loss as they shoot just 15.8% (3-19). Missouri State has lost 12 of their last 14 and really have had trouble finding ways to score the basketball since their leading scorer, Marcus Marshall (19.5 ppg) decided to leave the team. This should be a low scoring game, however, but I really can't trust Missouri State at this team, especially coming off a 35 point loss to an below average Drake team. I think Bradley pulls off the victory in this one. I'm taking Bradley and the points. 

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