Bradley Braves vs. Northern Iowa Panthers - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Iowa Panthers (14-2) at Bradley Braves (6-11)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Carver Arena)
The Line: Bradley Braves +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Bradley Braves look for a boost from the Carver Arena Crowd when they face the Northern Iowa Panthers.
If the #23 Northern Iowa Panthers goal is to move up the national rankings then they are on course to do so as they keep getting great performances from a shutdown defense that is allowing only 55 points. The D was at their best in a 64-40 victory at Drake on Saturday with a 33-11 second half run breaking open a close game. The Buldogs were held to just 35% from the field including a 3-17 mark on threes while UNI seldom missed on nearly 60% which equaled eleven more field goals. Jeremy Morgan led a balanced attack with 15 points and eight rebounds followed by a 14 point performance from Deon Mitchell. Seth Tuttle tossed in 12 points and Marvin Singleton chipped in with another nine points.
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The Bradley Braves know they have to ugly games up and keep things in the halfcourt to avoid too much scoring as they score and allow around 59 points. However knowing what needs to be done and making it happen are two different things. Saturday's 66-56 loss to visiting Evansville was a case of controlling the scoreboard and still falling short. The Purple Aces still burned the nets at 53% and the Braves 32% markmanship squandered eleven more shot attempts. Omari Grier was the top scorer with 15 points while Bradley received 12 points, five yanks and five assists from Tramique Sutherland with Josh Cunningham turning in a ten point, nine rebound performance.
The Panthers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. UNI are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win of more than 20 points and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Braves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Braves are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. Bradley has played decently at home so no guarantee that the Panthers win easily but going with...