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Valparaiso vs. Bradley - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bradley Braves (18-10) at Valparaiso Crusaders (13-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

The Line: Valparaiso Crusaders -2.5 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds

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We have some Missouri Valley conference action on Saturday’s college basketball slate as the Bradley Braves battle the Valparaiso Crusaders.

The Bradley Braves will look to build some momentum after snapping a 3 game losing skid with a 70-53 win over Illinois State in their last outing. Donte Thomas led Bradley with 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Darrell Brown came right behind in 2nd with 13 points along with 5 assists. Jayden Hodgson added 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Braves in the win, while Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 8 points and a team-high 6 assists. Elijah Childs also chipped in 9 points with 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Brown leads Bradley with an average of 13.3 points and 4.5 assists per game while Thomas leads the Braves on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bradley is scoring 67.7 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the 3-point line and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

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Valparaiso vs. Bradley - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Valparaiso Crusaders could use a win here to get out of the MVC basement after losing 15 of their last 20 games, including an 80-71 loss to Loyola-Chicago in their last outing. Tevonn Walker led the Crusaders with 18 points and a team-high 5 assists, while Jaume Sorolla and Markus Golden each added 12 points, with Sorolla shooting 6 of 7 with a team-high 3 blocks. John Kised added a team-high 8 rebounds as well in the losing effort for Valpo. Walker leads Valparaiso by averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while Bakari Evelyn is the Crusaders’ leading assist man with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Valparaiso is scoring 70.1 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.

Bradley is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 20-8 in their last 28 games overall. Valparaiso is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. 

Bradley hasn’t been anything to write home about lately, especially on the road. However I feel like the Braves are a better alternative than Valparaiso who haven’t handled their new conference well. All in all I think we are getting a free bucket with the better team, and while going against Valpo came back to bite me last weekend, I’ll do it again here and back Bradley in this one.

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