MVC foes will clash when the Valparaiso Crusaders (14-14, 7-8 MVC) meet the Bradley Braves (19-9, 10-5 MVC) at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Bradley Braves at Valparaiso Crusaders Betting Preview
In the Braves’ last matchup, they were victorious over the Missouri State Bears, 83-79. With 15 points and 10 rebounds, Bradley’s Elijah Childs played well. The Braves made 26 of their 36 free throws (72.2 percent) and held the Bears to an effective field goal percentage of 0.388 (below their season average of 0.498).
The Crusaders are hoping for a better outcome after their 77-75 loss to the Drake Bulldogs in their last game. With 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Javon Freeman-Liberty had a good game for Valparaiso. Drake did an excellent job of making free throws (26-34; 76.5 percent). Valparaiso, on the other hand, was lights out from beyond the arc (14-33; 42.4 percent).
The offense of Valparaiso will face off against the elite defense of Bradley. The Crusaders rank 197th in offensive efficiency, while the Braves are 93rd in defensive efficiency. The Braves figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Braves won 80-69. The Braves played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.392 and a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 42.3. For those same stats, the Crusaders were 0.172 and 29.3, respectively. Despite the loss, Freeman-Liberty was a standout player in the game, producing 21 points and seven rebounds.
Bradley Braves at Valparaiso Crusaders Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Bradley, ATS Winner – Bradley, O/U – Under
Bradley ranks 39th in rebounds per game (38.9) while Valparaiso ranks 205th (34.3).
The Crusaders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.8, down from 0.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Braves have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (2.6 above their season average).