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Indiana State vs. Bradley - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Bradley Braves will travel to the Hulman Center to take on the Indiana State Sycamores this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Bradley Braves dropped to 8-6 (0-1 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Iowa Panthers, 65-47, this past Wednesday. Bradley struggled on the offense end at home agianst the Panthers and couldn’t fight back after the Panthers took a 46-30 lead with 13:10 left in regulation. Bradley shot just 37.5% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Braves was Elijah Childs who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Bradley is averaging 69.4 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Braves are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bradley has been led by Darrell Brown (14.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Elijah Childs (12.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.4 spg), Nate Kennell (9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Koch Bar (9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Defensively, Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of just 67.7 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Braves have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Indiana State Sycamores lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-5 (0-1 MVC) after being defeated by the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 79-44, this past Wednesday. Indiana State was dominated by the Loyola-Chicago on both ends of the floor and had no chance of fighting back into the game after they went into halftime trailing by a 46-12 margin. Indiana State allowed Loyola-Chicago to shoot 56.4% from the field while the Sycamores shot just 37.0% from the field & 8.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sycamores was Tyreke Key who had 21 points & 5 rebounds.

On the season, Indiana State is averaging 71.5 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 42.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana State has been led by Jordan Barnes (19.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Tyreke Key (17.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 apg), Christian Williams (9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Clayton Hughes (6.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Indiana State is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

The Braves are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games & 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Sycamores are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Bradley has dropped 5 of their last 7 games and doesn’t look anywhere near the team we saw earlier this season defeat SMU & Penn State in back-to-back days. Bradley has a solid defense that ranks T-91st in scoring defense, however, as we saw in their recent game against Northern Iowa, the Braves offense can struggle as it ranks just 288th in scoring offense & 203rd in FG%. Indiana State will need to put their MVC opener against Loyola-Chicago behind them and will have to hope the offense will be able to find some answers at home after putting up just 12 first-half points agianst the Ramblers. Indiana State ranks just 246th in scoring offense & 208th in scoring defense, however, this team is better than the numbers might indicate. Indiana State is 4-1 at home this season with impressive wins over Western Kentucky & Wright State and although we’ll need to make sure that Jordan Barnes is playing as he is currently questionable with an illness, I think Indiana State will be able to do enough at home to cover this spread.

Pick:
Indiana State Sycamores -5.5

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