Bradley at Evansville
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 30, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Evansville Purple Aces -4.5 -- Over/Under: 128
The Bradley Braves and the Evansville Purple Aces meet in MVC college basketball action from the Ford Center on Wednesday night.
The Bradley Braves will look to rebound after a 55-37 loss to Missouri State in their last outing. Nate Kennell led the Braves with 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes while Elijah Childs added 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds as the only other player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Luuk van Bree added 6 points to match his 6 rebounds as well in the losing effort. Darrell Brown was held to just a single point but still leads Bradley with an average of 14.2 points and 3.1 assists per game this season while Childs leads the Braves in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bradley is averaging 65.6 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the arc and 68.3% from the foul line this season.
The Evansville Purple Aces will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak following an 81-74 loss to Northern Iowa in their last outing. John Hall led the Aces with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double while K.J. Riley added 19 points and Marty Hill chipped in 14 points with 3 steals. Shamar Givance added 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Evansville in the losing effort. Jawaun Newton added a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat. Riley leads Evansville with an average of 14.3 points and 3.3 assists per game while Hall leads Evansville in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Evansville is averaging 72 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 74% from the foul line this season.
Bradley is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 road games. Evansville is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these two teams are ones that I’d feel comfortable backing in this spot with the line so tight. However, the difference for me is that Evansville has done a good job taking care of business against teams with losing records, covering 6 of their last 9 games in that situation with a push, while Bradley has covered just once in their last 11 tries in that scenario. Given the success of the home team in this matchup, I think laying the points with Evansville is the better option of the two.