The Bradley Braves and Wisconsin Badgers meet Tuesday in the college basketball NIT First Round at the Kohl Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Bradley Braves are averaging 71.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 61.3 points on 40 percent shooting. Rienk Mast is averaging 13.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, while Malevy Leons is averaging 11.3 points and 6 rebounds. Duke Deen is dishing 2.9 assists and Ja’Shon Henry is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Bradley Braves are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Bradley Braves are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.
The Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 65.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Chucky Hepburn is averaging 12 points and 2.9 rebounds, while Connor Essegian is averaging 11.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. Tyler Wahl is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Crowl is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Wisconsin Badgers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Wisconsin Badgers are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.1 rebounds per game.
The Braves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Badgers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Braves last 7 road games. The under is 5-2 in Badgers last 7 overall.
The Bradley Braves were the better team this season, and they've been a covering machine lately, but I'd need more points to consider them here. The Wisconsin Badgers are a prideful bunch that gets after it defensively, and I'd expect them to show up with a decent crowd. The line is reasonable. Give me Wisconsin.