The Evansville Aces and the Bradley Braves meet in college basketball action from the Carver Arena on Wednesday night.
The Evansville Aces will try to snap a four-game losing streak after a 69-61 loss to Illinois State last time out. Kenny Strawbridge leads the Aces in scoring with 16.2 PPG along with 3.9 RPG while Yacine Toumi has 10.1 PPG and 5.6 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for the Aces up to this point in the year. Marvin Coleman II also has a team-high 5.7 RPG and 2.8 APG this season. As a team, Evansville is averaging 61.9 PPG on 39.1% shooting from the field, 31.2% from three and 64.1% from the foul line this season.
The Bradley Braves will look to build on an 88-66 win over Valparaiso last time out. Rienk Mast has 12.9 PPG and 8.3 RPG though five games this season while Malevy Leons has 11.2 PPG with 5.8 RPG. Ja’Shon Henry has 10.1 PPG with 4.8 RPG through 11 games as well and Duke Deen has 10.7 PPG with a team-high 3 APG to lead the Braves in assists and to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Bradley up to this point in the season. As a team, Bradley is averaging 69.7 PPG on 45.8% shooting from the field, 35.9% from three and 66.8% from the foul line this season.
Evansville is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. Bradley is 17-4 ATS in their last 21 home games and 12-2 ATS in their last 21 home games while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 games following an ATS win.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game as this is a big number, but this Bradley team not only plays elite level defense, but they have the offense to cover these big numbers, especially against the lesser teams in conference like Evansville. I think this is a spot for Bradley to put up another convincing win at home, so give me the Braves laying the points.