The Bradley Braves (10-5, 1-1 MVC) look to snap a five-game road losing streak when they clash against the Evansville Aces (9-6, 0-2 MVC) at Ford Center. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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The Braves fell to the UNI Panthers in their last outing, 69-64. Nate Kennell had a good game for Bradley, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting. UNI held the Braves to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.5 (below their season average of 35.6). Bradley, meanwhile, held the Panthers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.417 (below their season average of 0.567).
In the Aces’ last matchup, they were topped by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 81-79. DeAndre Williams was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 11-for-13 shooting. Valparaiso had a turnover percentage of 12.3 (better than their season average of 17.4). Evansville, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (18-24; 75.0 percent).
Conflicting paces will be on display in this contest. Evansville prefers a fast-breaking style of play (70th in possessions per game), while Bradley is more half-court-oriented (277th in possessions per game).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Braves won both contests played against each other last season. In the most recent matchup, Bradley won 63-61. The Braves played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.442 and a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 28.9. For those same stats, the Aces were 0.140 and 21.1, respectively.
Bradley Braves at Evansville Aces Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Evansville, ATS Winner – Evansville, O/U – Under
The Aces rank 13th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while the Braves rank 91st (3.3).
Bradley ranks 24th in rebounds per game (41.0) while Evansville ranks 229th (33.7).
The Aces rank 36th in three pointers allowed per game (18.7) while the Braves rank 236th (25.5).
Evansville ranks 17th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Bradley ranks 108th (6.5).
The Aces’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.8, up from 0.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Braves have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (0.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (1.5 above their season average).