MVC foes will collide when the Missouri State Bears (8-9, 2-2 MVC) clash with the Bradley Braves (12-5, 3-1 MVC) at JQH Arena. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Bradley Braves at Missouri State Bears Free Preview
The Braves had no trouble getting past the Southern Illinois Salukis in their last outing, 67-48. With 16 points and nine rebounds, Bradley’s Ja’Shon Henry had a solid outing. Bradley played a nearly perfect game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.491 (above their season average of 0.484) and a free throw rate of 0.214 (below their season average of 0.238). For those same stats, Southern Illinois was 0.342 and 0.158, respectively.
In the Bears’ previous matchup, they were blown out by the UNI Panthers, 80-57. Isiaih Mosley led Missouri State in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting. UNI had an effective field goal percentage of 0.652 (above their season average of 0.555). Missouri State, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 6.7 (better than their season average of 19.4).
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams square off. Missouri State currently ranks 318th in possessions per game (66.5) and Bradley is 285th (67.5).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Braves, it’s been Darrell Brown, who has averaged 16 points,4.0 assists, while the Bears have gotten great contributions from Mosley (13 points).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Bears won two out of three games last season. In the most recent matchup, Bradley won 61-58. The Braves dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.372 and a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 30.4. The Bears were 0.173 and 17.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Bradley Braves at Missouri State Bears Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Bradley, ATS Winner – Bradley, O/U – Over
Missouri State ranks 28th in assists allowed per game (10.2) while Bradley ranks 42nd (10.6).
The Bears have been outscored by an average of 4.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Missouri State has defeated opponents by an average of 1.5 points.
During their last five games, the Braves have scored an average of 72.2 points per game (0.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 61.4 points per game (1.2 below their season average).