Illinois State vs. Bradley - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Bradley Braves (19-10) at Illinois State Redbirds (9-19)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +3 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Bradley Braves and Illinois State Redbirds meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Redbird Arena.
The Bradley Braves look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Bradley Braves are averaging 71.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Elijah Childs is averaging 15.1 points and 1.3 assists while Darrell Brown is averaging 14.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. Nate Kennell is the third double-digit scorer and Ja'Shon Henry is grabbing six rebounds. The Bradley Braves are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Bradley Braves are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Bradley Braves have lost four of their last five road games.
The Illinois State Redbirds need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 65.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Zach Copeland is averaging 14.8 points and 2.6 assists while Keith Fisher III is averaging nine points and 0.9 assists. DJ Horne is dishing 1.3 assists and Jaycee Hillsman is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have split their last six home games.
The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Bradley Braves has won the last four meetings against Illinois State and won the first meeting this season by 12 points. The Illinois State Redbirds have lost 10 of their last 13 games, but they do play their best ball at home where they win by an average of 3.4 points and allow just 41.8 percent shooting from the field. With that said, Bradley has been the better team all season long, has owned this series lately and is 15-13 against the spread on the season. The Illinois State Redbirds aren't winning and are just 9-18 against the spread on the season. I'll lay the bucket with the Bradley Braves.