Bradley Braves vs Missouri Tigers Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Bradley Braves vs Missouri Tigers
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Bradley (+12)
Mizzou Arena is the venue where and the Missouri Tigers (5-0) will play the Bradley Braves (6-2) on Tuesday. The spread on this matchup has Missouri as 12-point favorites. The over/under opens at 136.5.
Bradley enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 6-2 so far this year. They lose possession via turnover 12.5 times per game and as a team they commit 15.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Bradley is grabbing 44.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 131 dimes so far this year, which is 21st in the nation in terms of passing. The Braves are shooting 33.9% on shots from beyond the arc (63 of 186) and 71.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 77.6 points per outing (96th in D-1) while going 46.0% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Braves are able to force 12.9 turnovers per game and they draw 16.0 fouls. They are giving up 36.2% on shots from distance while they are 27th in D-1 in points per game allowed (60.0). The Braves are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 36.0% (173 of 481) and they surrender 34.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 246th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 95 surrendered for the year.
The Bradley Braves faced the Miami RedHawks and went home with a win by a final score of 69-68 in their last game. Bradley walked away from the game with a 45.0% FG percentage (27 out of 60) and knocked down 6 out of their 23 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Braves knocked down 9 of their 10 attempts for a percentage of 90.0%. When talking about rebounding, they earned 31 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 assists in the matchup in addition to getting 5 steals and 5 rejections. With regard to defending, Bradley allowed 45.0% from the field on 27 out of 60. Miami earned 11 assists and 4 steals in the game. Moreover, the RedHawks had 26 boards (5 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Miami finished the game at 55.6% from the charity stripe by making 5 of 9 attempts. They made 13 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc.
Elijah Childs is a player who was important for the game. He walked away with 13 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 33 minutes played and snagged 8 rebounds. Childs finished the game at 45.5% from the field and dished out 2 assists. One more player that saw a lot of court time in this matchup for the Braves was Sean East. He collected 2 rebounds and also totaled 5 dimes. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the floor in the game by connecting on 6-of-11 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, East was on the court for 32 minutes.
Missouri has a record of 5-0 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Tigers are shooting 49.1% from the floor, which ranks 71st in D-1. Missouri has totaled 396 points this season (79.2 per game) and they pull in 38.6 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 14.2 times per game (143rd in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.4 times per contest. The Tigers are committing 19.6 fouls per contest and they hit 76.1% from the free throw line. The Tigers on defense are ranked 135th in college hoops in points given up per game with 67.8. The Missouri defense surrenders 26.1% on three-point shots (31 of 119) and their opponents are knocking down 71.3% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 10.0 assists and 31.2 boards on a nightly basis, which is 42nd and 57th in college basketball. They are forcing 11.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 39.3% from the floor (70th in the country).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Missouri Tigers went home victorious with a score of 81-78 against the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Tigers collected 24 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for the contest. They also rejected 2 tries while recording 4 steals for this contest. The Fighting Illini earned 25 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 31 attempts. They were able to bury 26 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 83.9%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, Missouri converted 5 out of their 21 attempts (23.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Tigers shot 25 for 53 from the field which had them sitting at 47.2%. The Tigers permitted the Fighting Illini to convert 29 out of 55 tries from the floor which left them shooting 52.7% in this contest. They finished 23.1% from distance by going 3 of 13 and ended up going 17 of 28 from the free throw line (60.7%). Regarding cleaning the glass, Missouri permitted Illinois to snag 20 overall (2 on the offensive side).
Dru Smith was pivotal for the Tigers in the matchup. He knocked down 5 of 11 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which earned him 17 points. Smith grabbed 3 rebounds in his 39 minutes and accumulated 3 dimes for this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Missouri was Xavier Pinson. He finished with 17 points in 31 minutes played by way of 6 of 13 shooting in the game. Pinson finished going 46.2% from the floor in addition to contributing 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Missouri (-12)
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