Valparaiso Crusaders (19-15) at Bradley Braves (22-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:10 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Bradley Braves -3 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Valparaiso Crusaders and the Bradley Braves meet in college basketball action from Scottrade Center on Sunday.
Coming into this Missouri Valley Tournament matchup, Valparaiso is 19-15 thus far. In the tourney opener, Valparaiso took out Evansville 58-55, then Loyola 74-73 before beating Missouri State 89-82.
In the Saturday victory over Missouri State, Valparaiso was led by Javon Freeman-Liberty with 29 points, six rebounds and a steal. John Kiser had a great outing there as well with 17 points, two rebounds and a steal for Valparaiso to help the team move on.
Over on the Bradley side, they’re 22-11 on the year. After losing their final pre-tourney game against Loyola IL, Bradley has since dispatched Southern Illinois and Drake to reach this round.
In the win over Drake Saturday, all five of the Bradley starters finished with double-digit points in a solid all-around effort. The scoring leader for Bradley there was Darrell Brown, who finished with 25 points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal to help the team move on.
Bradley is 3-6 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up win and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Bradley is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral-site games and the over is 6-1 in their last seven games overall.
Meanwhile, Valparaiso is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 overall and 6-1 ATS in their last seven after an ATS win. Valparaiso is also 6-1 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up win and the under is 20-9 in their last 29 after an ATS win.
Bradley put up a really nice and well-balanced game against Drake, and jumped out to a 44-35 lead by halftime. That was a good matchup for Bradley, and a promising showing after a relatively close 64-59 win over Southern Illinois in their first game of the tournament.
As for Valparaiso, they went on a nice scoring tear with 89 points versus Missouri State, and though things were tight at the half, the Crusaders posted a nice finish to keep things rolling. Things have been tight so far in this tournament but I’m on the Valparaiso bandwagon.