Bradley Braves (6-2) at Missouri Tigers (5-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -11 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Bradley Braves and the Missouri Tigers meet in college basketball action from the Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night.
The Bradley Braves come into this one looking to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 69-68 win over Miami-Ohio in their last game. Sean East II led the Braves with 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a team-high 5 assists and a pair of steals while Chris Childs added 13 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Ari Boya and Ville Tahvanainen each had 10 points to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Bradley in the win with Boya adding 7 rebounds and 3 blocks and Tahvanainen adding a pair of threes and 5 rebounds. Terry Nolan Jr. added 9 points and 4 assists as well in the victory for the Braves. Elijah Childs has a team-high average of 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while East II has a team-high 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Bradley is averaging 77.6 points on 46% shooting from the field, 33.9% from 3-point range and 71.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60 points on 36% shooting from the field and 36.2% from 3-point range this season.
The Missouri Tigers will look to remain unbeaten after improving to 5-0 with an 81-78 win over Illinois last time out. Dru Smith led the Tigers with 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 assists and a pair of steals while Xavier Pinson came right behind with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting with a team-high 5 assists. Jamorko Pickett added 14 points with 5 rebounds and Kobe Brown added 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures for the Tigers in the win. Mitchell Smith added 8 points with 7 rebounds as well in the victory for Mizzou. Mark Smith leads Missouri in scoring with an average of 15 points per game while Tilmon leads the Tigers on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game and Pinson leads Missouri in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Missouri is averaging 79.2 points on 49.1% shooting from the field, 31% from 3-point range and 76.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.8 points on 36.3% shooting from the field and 26.1% from 3-point range this season.
Bradley is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Missouri is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 home games.
This Missouri Team has been impressive early on, beating the likes of Illinois, Oregon, Wichita State and Liberty and are looking more and more like a top-tier team that’s ready to take the next step this season. However, I think this is just a few too many points to give up to a Bradley team that’s battle-tested and battles hard and has two losses this season by a combined 5 points. Probably a game to just watch rather than bet, but I’d take a shot with Bradley and the points if forced to pick.