Northern Iowa Panthers (5-8) at Bradley Braves (8-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Bradley Braves -7.5 -- Over/Under: 131
The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to Carver Arena to take on the Bradley Braves this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Iowa Panthers dropped to 5-8 on the season after being defeated by the Stony Brook Seawolves, 73-63, this past Saturday night. Northern Iowa was solid on the defensive end against the Panthers and pulled away after a 10-0 Seawolves run gave Stony Brook a 59-46 lead midway through the 2nd half. Northern Iowa allowed Stony Brook to shoot 49.1% from the field while the Panthers shot just 36.4% from the field & 37.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was AJ Green who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Northern Iowa is averaging 66.3 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Iowa has been led by AJ Green (15.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), Wyatt Lohaus (10.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Trae Berhow (7.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and Isaiah Brown (7.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg).
Defensively, Northern Iowa is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Bradley Braves snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 8-5 on the season after defeating the SE Louisiana Lions, 63-60, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Bradley looked like they were in trouble after SE Louisiana took a 60-55 lead with just 2:37 left in regulation, however, the Braves were able to pull out the victory after closing the game on an 8-0 run. Bradley shot just 34.0% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Braves was Elijah Childs who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and a block.
On the season, Bradley is averaging 71.2 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Braves are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bradley has been led by Darrell Brown (15.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Elijah Childs (12.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.4 spg, 1.3 bpg), Nate Kennell (9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Dwyane Lautier-Ogunleye (9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg).
Defensively, Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Braves have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. MVC opponents however, just 7-23-1 ATS in their last 31 road games. The Braves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 home games.
Northern Iowa continues to struggle to put up offense as they come into this game ranked just 320th in scoring offense & 334th in FG%, and it’s going to be hard for the Panthers to match their 16 wins from last season as their defense has taken a major step back from last season and currently ranks just 169th in scoring defense & 216th in defensive FG%. Bradley has struggled a bit as of late, losing 4 of their last 6 games, however, this is still the same team that has wins against SMU & Penn State this season and currently has a defense that ranks 96th in scoring defense & 97th in defensive FG%. Bradley has been solid ATS at home this season and as I think their defense will give Northern Iowa trouble, I’m taking Bradley to cover this home spread.