Bradley Braves (6-3) at Northern Iowa Panthers (2-7)
College Basketball: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)
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The Bradley Braves and the Northern Iowa Panthers meet Monday in college basketball action from McLeod Center.
Bradley enters this one at 6-4 so far. As for Northern Iowa, they’re sitting at 3-7 on the season. This will be a rematch of Sunday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, Northern Iowa powered out a six-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Bradley began their year with a 3-1 record, taking out Toledo, Oakland and Judson in that stretch. After a loss to South Dakota State, the Braves rattled off wins over Lewis, Jackson State and Miami-OH before a tough 54-53 loss to Missouri on December 22.
In Sunday’s game, Bradley coughed up 42 points in the second half to Northern Iowa, eventually falling 78-72. Leading the way for the Braves was Terry Nolan with 17 points, five assists and two rebounds. Elijah Childs added 15 points with nine rebounds as well.
Over on the Northern Iowa side, they stumbled out of the gate this season with a 1-5 mark over their first half dozen games, falling to Western Kentucky, Saint Mary’s, Utah State, Richmond and Missouri State. After a win over Missouri State, the Panthers fell to Evansville in a pair of matchups.
In Sunday’s win, Northern Iowa stayed competitive the whole way, posting a 36-36 at the break. Leading the team in scoring was Austin Phyfe with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Trae Berhow added 15 points with three assists and three rebounds for the Panthers.
Northern Iowa is 2-4 ATS in their last six home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four Monday games. The Panthers are 2-8 ATS in their last ten games overall and the under is 11-4 in their last 15 Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 1-4 ATS in their last five Monday games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games as a road favorite. The over is 10-1-1 in Bradley’s last 12 Monday games and 5-1 in the last six overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Bradley here. The Braves posted some pretty nice outings in December, logging 83 or more points in each outing of a four-game stretch and playing tough against a great Missouri team. Sunday’s game saw the Panthers shooting a nice 50.9 percent from the field and an excellent 45.5 percent from three-point range. I think Bradley will tighten the defensive screws in this one and bang out a cover. Should be another great matchup.