Bradley Braves vs. Wichita State Shockers, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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BRADLEY BRAVES WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS
13-19 March 3, 7:00 PM | Scottrade Center 27-4
Bradley vs Wichita State, Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, March 3, 2017
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3, MVC TV Network
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
867 –Bradley Braves +21½ -110 Ov 140½ -105
868 –Wichita State Shockers -21½ -110 Un 140½ -115

The Bradley Braves and the Wichita State Shockers will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Scottrade Center.

ABOUT BRADLEY (13-19, 7-11 Missouri Valley Conference): The Braves closed the regular season in strong fashion, winning three straight games, and then topped Drake by nine points in Thursday’s opening-round matchup. Donte Thomas led the way with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye chipped in 11 points off the bench. Darrell Brown, the team’s leading scorer during the regular season at 12.5 points per game, added 10 but shot only 5-of-20 over the last two games.

ABOUT WICHITA STATE (27-4, 17-1): The Shockers enjoyed a terrific regular season but were forced to share the league crown with Illinois State and didn’t even receive the top seed in this event due to their loss to the Redbirds in mid-January. Wichita State closed the regular season with a 19-point win at Missouri State behind Landry Shamet’s career-high 23 points, while Shaquille Morris recorded 20 on 8-of-11 shooting. Conner Frankamp added 14 points and knocked down two more from beyond the arc, giving him 59 3-pointers for a Shockers team that makes 40.6 percent of its long-range shots (12th nationally).

Oddsmakers currently have the Shockers listed as 21½-point favorites versus the Braves, while the game’s total is sitting at 140½.

No. 22 Wichita State has won 27 of 31 games and has not suffered a defeat in nearly two months, but it is not taking anything for granted in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The second-seeded Shockers begin their quest for a tournament title against seventh-seeded Bradley when the teams face off Friday in St. Louis.

The Shockers have won 12 straight games – 11 by double figures – but a loss to Bradley could send them spiraling dangerously close to the NCAA Tournament bubble. “There’s a desperate feel in the air,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall told reporters this week. “Teams that want to go to the NCAA Tournament understand what that’s like.” Wichita State actually does not have a great track record at this event, having won the conference tournament only once since 1987. However, Marshall’s team has a clear advantage Friday against a Bradley squad that it defeated by 15 points during the regular season.

In their last action, Wichita State was a 86-67 winner on the road against Bears. They covered the -15-point spread as favorites.

In their last action, Bradley was a 67-58 winner at home against Bulldogs. They covered the -3.5-point spread as favorites.

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Bradley:
Team record: 13-19 SU,17-13 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Bradley is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Bradley is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Bradley’s last 5 games

Wichita State:
Team record: 27-4 SU,16-11-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 12 straight games.
Wichita State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wichita State’s last 5 games

COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. Shamet registered 19 points and six assists in the first matchup this season, while Wichita State held Bradley to 34 percent shooting.

2. Wichita State shoots 73.2 percent from the foul line as a team, with Shamet (81.3 percent), Morris (80.8) and Frankamp (80.8) all posting terrific percentages on the season.

3. Only one of Bradley’s top five scorers – Thomas (49.4) – shoots above 42.1 percent.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Bradley Braves will cover the spread at +21½ and the game will stay under 140½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Wichita State 80, Bradley 66 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BRAD TEAM WICHI
65.8 PTS FOR 82.5
70.3 PTS AGNST 63.0
-4.5 DIFF. 19.5
26.0 DEF REBOUNDS 28.7
8.9 OFF REBOUNDS 11.7
42.6 FG% 48.1
67.7 FT% 72.7
6.7 3 POINTERS 8.8
6.2 STEALS 6.9
BETTING TRENDS
BRADLEY
No trends to report
WICHITA STATE
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wichita State’s last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Bradley
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wichita State’s last 5 games when playing Bradley
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Bradley’s Overall Scoring vs Wichita State’s Overall Defense 65.8 321 63.0 19
Bradley’s Away Scoring vs Wichita State’s Home Defense 63.4 312 59.9 17
Bradley’s Road Rebounds vs Wichita State’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.1 151 30.8 45
Wichita State’s Overall Scoring vs Bradley’s Overall Defense 82.6 18 70.3 132
Wichita State’s Home Scoring vs Bradley’s Road Defense 87.7 19 75.5 186
Wichita State’s Home Rebounds vs Bradley’s Road Rebounds Allowed 41.8 12 35.0 129

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