San Diego State vs. Bradley - 12/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bradley Braves (7-1) at San Diego State Aztecs (6-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Viejas Arena)
The Line: San Diego State Aztecs -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference action on the hardwood on Sunday, as the Bradley Braves take on the San Diego State Aztecs in a college basketball matchup.
The Bradley Braves will look to add to their solid 7-1 start to the year with a 67-56 win over Eastern Illinois in their last outing. Elijah Childs led the team with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 9 rebounds, while Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double. Jaylen Hodgson chipped in 12 points and Darrell Brown added 11 to round out the scoring in double figures for the Braves in the win. Brown leads Bradley with an average of 12.9 points and 3.2 assists per game this season while Childs leads the team in rebounding with 7.5 boards per game this season. As a team, Bradley is scoring 67.8 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the arc and 62.9% from the foul line. The Braves also own the 4th-best defense in terms of scoring and field goal percentage, giving up 58 points per game on 35.4% shooting in addition to the 10th-best 3-point shooting percentage against, allowing just 24.9% from behind the arc so far this season.
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The San Diego State Aztecs will try to keep the ball rolling after winning 5 of their last 6 games, following a 66-57 win over San Diego in their last outing. Devin Watson led the team with 26 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes and a 10 for 11 mark from the foul line in addition to 5 steals. Matt Mitchell came 2nd with 13 points on a perfect 4 for 4 from the floor while Jeremy Hemsley added 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Aztecs in the win. Malik Pope added 6 points with 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and a pair of steals while Kameron Rooks added 6 points, 7 boards and a pair of blocks. Watson leads the team with an average of 15.4 points and 4.4 assists per game this season while Pope is the team’s leading rebounder with 7 boards per game this season. As a team, San Diego State is scoring 81.5 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.
Bradley is 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games following a win. San Diego State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the over is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games following a win.
We all know that San Diego State is a good defensive team, but I don’t think Bradley is getting nearly enough credit for what they’ve accomplished so far this season. This is a Braves team that’s 7-1 ATS so far and is in the top-5 defensively. I could very well be wrong, but leaving double-digits on the table with Bradley in a low scoring game seems off to me, so I’ll take a stab at the Braves and the points.