Illinois State vs. Bradley - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State vs. Bradley - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley (19-10) at Illinois State (9-19)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State +3 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Bradley Braves (19-10, CONF 10-6) and Illinois State Redbirds (9-19, CONF 4-12) face off in a Missouri Valley showdown at Redbird Arena. Bradley knocked out Illinois State 75-63 in late January. 

The Braves have had a lot of success this season but they are coming off a loss and should be motivated for this game. After winning four games in a row, Bradley was knocked off Valpo in their last game. 

Against Valo, Bradley gave up 90 points and even though the offense scored 78 points, they weren’t even close to winning the game. Away from home this season Bradley is averaging 66.4 points while the defense is giving up 70.9 points 

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Bradley is led by Elijah Childs who is averaging 15.1 points while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. Even though Bradley lost the last game, Childs still had a big game putting up 19 points in 33 minutes. 

The Illinois State Redbirds have really struggled this season, but they are coming off a big win against Drake. The Redbirds defense locked down in that game giving up only 53 points and that was enough to win the game.

At home this season Illinois State has a 9-5 record, compared to on the road where they are still looking for their first win of the season. 

The Redbirds defense has struggled this season, but at home they have been better giving up only 64.1 points per game. 

Illinois State is led by guard Zach Copeland who is averaging 14.8 points while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. 

Bradley is 22-7 against the spread in their last 29 games played on Wednesday. Illinois State is 5-14 against the spread in their last 19 games overall. Bradley is 22-8 against the spread in their last 30 meetings against Illinois State. The under is 13-5 in the last meetings between Illinois State and Bradley. 

Bradley is the better team and even on the road they should have no issue getting the job done. The Redbirds offense has been a problem this year, and it will let them down again. Back Bradley to win this game and cover the spread.

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