Toledo Rockets vs Bradley Braves Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toledo Rockets vs Bradley Braves
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Toledo (+4)
Cintas Center is the venue where and the Bradley Braves (23-11 last year) will play the Toledo Rockets (17-15 last season) on Wednesday. Bradley opens this game as 4-point favorites. The over/under is set at 143.5.
The Toledo Rockets faced off with the Western Michigan Broncos and notched a win by a score of 76-73 in their last game of the season. Toledo ended with a 41.4% field goal percentage (29 of 70) and converted 9 of their 22 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Rockets buried 9 of 12 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. Concerning rebounding, they compiled 35 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists in this matchup as well as getting 6 steals and 4 blocks. Pertaining to the defense, Toledo let their opponent shoot 41.4% from the field by connecting on 29 of 70. Western Michigan earned 10 dimes and 4 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Broncos grabbed 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Western Michigan ended up shooting 78.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 14 shots. They buried 6 out of their 20 attempts from 3-point range. Willie Jackson is a guy who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes and pulled down 16 boards. Jackson shot 53.3% from the field and also earned 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Rockets was Marreon Jackson. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also had 5 dimes. He ended up going 50.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 10-of-20 (25 points). Overall, Jackson saw the court for 38 min.
Toledo enters this contest after finishing with a win-loss record of 17-15 last year. They turned the ball over 12.2 times per game and as a basketball team committed 16.0 fouls every game. As a unit Toledo grabbed 37.8 boards per game and had 464 assists over the course of last year, which ranked 58th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Rockets shot 36.6% on 3-pointers (283 of 774) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They had an average of 74.6 points per contest (89th in D-1) while hitting 43.5% from the field. Defensively the Rockets were able to force 11.8 turnovers every game and they drew 18.6 fouls. They were ranked 108th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 365 relinquished last season. The Rockets defensively allowed an opponent FG percentage of 41.8% (817 of 1,956) and they surrendered 36.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They relinquished 34.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they were 201st in the nation in opponents PPG (70.1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Bradley Braves got the victory with a final of 80-66 when they faced the Valparaiso Crusaders. The Braves pulled down 26 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 34 for the matchup. They turned away 2 attempts while getting 5 steals in the game. The Crusaders earned 16 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Braves to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to make 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Bradley made 8 of their 17 tries (47.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Braves finished 29 out of 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.3%. The Braves permitted the Crusaders to convert 24 out of 59 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.7% in the game. They finished 34.5% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 29 and finished the contest at 8 out of 12 from the charity stripe (66.7%). In reference to cleaning the glass, Bradley permitted Valparaiso to get 26 in total (6 on the offensive glass). Darrell Brown saw the court a lot for the Braves in the matchup. He made 7 of 15 in this game for a field goal percentage of 46.7%, which had him finishing with 25 points. Brown grabbed 2 boards in his 37 minutes and accumulated 4 assists in this matchup. One more player that played a role for Bradley was Nate Kennell. He walked away with 12 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood by way of 4 out of 10 shooting in this contest. Kennell ended the game having shot 40.0% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Bradley had a mark of 23-11 last season. As an offense the Braves shot 44.1% from the field, which ranked them 158th in college basketball. Bradley had 2,438 pts last year (71.7 per contest) and they pulled in 38.5 rebounds per contest. They got an assist 13.4 times per contest (146th in Division 1) and they coughed up possession 11.8 times per contest. The Braves were responsible for committing 16.5 personal fouls every game while shooting 73.5% from the free throw line. The Braves were ranked 75th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 65.9. They conceded 11.8 assists and 33.5 boards per game, which was ranked 110th and 110th in the country. The Bradley defense from outside the perimeter allowed 31.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (265 of 839) and their opponents knocked down 75.2% of their free throw attempts. They forced their opponents into 12.1 TO's every game and let teams shoot 39.5% from the field (21st in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Bradley (-4)
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