Miami RedHawks vs Bradley Braves Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami RedHawks vs Bradley Braves
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Carver Arena in Peoria, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+10)
The Bradley Braves (5-2) play the Miami RedHawks (3-2) at Carver Arena on Saturday. The line on this contest has Bradley as 10-point favorites. The over/under opens at 132.
Miami heads into this contest with a mark of 3-2 this year. They currently have an average of 67.2 pts per game (252nd in college basketball) while hitting 38.9% from the field. The RedHawks are shooting 31.0% on shots from beyond the arc (36 of 116) and 75.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, Miami is collecting 36.0 rebounds per contest and has totaled 52 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 245th in the country in terms of passing. They are turning it over 9.2 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.6 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the RedHawks are able to force 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.4 personal fouls. The RedHawks defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.2% (130 of 294) and they surrender 39.4 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 195th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 71 surrendered for the year. They are conceding 34.2% from beyond the arc while they are 172nd in college hoops in opponents PPG (69.8).
The Miami RedHawks faced off with the Buffalo Bulls and took a loss by a final of 90-62 in their last contest. Miami finished the game having earned a 33.8% field goal percentage (22 of 65) and knocked down 6 of their 25 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the RedHawks buried 12 of their 16 shots for a rate of 75.0%. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 29 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 12 assists in this contest while having 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. In reference to defending, Miami allowed the other team to go 33.8% from the floor on 22 out of 65. Buffalo doled out 17 assists and 6 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Bulls grabbed 43 boards (10 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Buffalo ended up going 68.0% at the free throw line by converting 17 of 25 attempts. They also made 11 of 26 shots from beyond the arc.
Mekhi Lairy is someone who was pivotal for the contest. He accounted for 10 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 mins and grabbed 2 rebounds. Lairy walked away from this one shooting 42.9% from the field and earned 3 assists. One more player that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this game for the RedHawks was Dalonte Brown. He grabbed 3 boards and had 2 dimes. He ended up going 27.3% from the floor in this game by going 3-of-11 (8 points). When this game wrapped up, Brown played for 22 min.
Bradley has a win-loss mark of 5-2 this year. The Braves are responsible for committing 15.7 fouls per game while shooting 70.0% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 16.7 times per contest (51st in the nation) and they turn it over 13.0 times per contest. Bradley has tallied 552 pts on the campaign (78.9 per contest) and they grab 45.7 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Braves are shooting 46.1% from the field, which ranks 143rd in college hoops. The Braves defensively are ranked 25th in the country in PPG surrendered with 58.9. They are able to force 13.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 34.3% from the field (12th in college basketball). The Bradley defense allows 33.7% on 3-point shots (58 of 172) and opponents are making 59.8% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 12.0 dimes and 35.0 rebounds every game, which ranks them 124th and 151st in college hoops.
In their last game, the Bradley Braves got the victory with a final of 83-60 when they faced the Jackson State Tigers. The Braves pulled down 30 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards totaling 43 in the game. They also turned away 3 attempts while recording 11 steals for this game. The Tigers were called for 21 personal fouls for this contest which took the Braves to the charity stripe for a total of 29 shots. They were able to make 23 of the free throw tries for a rate of 79.3%. Regarding 3-point attempts, Bradley made 8 of their 25 attempts (32.0%). When the game finished, the Braves ended up going 26 out of 57 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.6%. The Braves permitted the Tigers to knock down 21 out of their 56 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 37.5% for this game. They finished 16.7% from distance by connecting on 3 out of 18 and finished the game at 15 out of 22 at the free throw line (68.2%). Regarding how they rebounded, Bradley allowed Jackson State to get 27 in total (6 on the offensive glass).
Ville Tahvanainen played big minutes for the Braves in the matchup. He converted 5 out of 10 for this contest for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which earned him 19 points. Tahvanainen snagged 7 rebounds in his 29 minutes played and accounted for 2 assists in the matchup. Someone else that ended up being a major factor for Bradley was Terry Nolan. He left the arena with 16 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 12 from the floor in this matchup. Nolan finished going 50.0% from the floor while also collecting 5 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Bradley (-10)
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