Drake vs. Bradley - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Drake Bulldogs (20-13) at Bradley Braves (21-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Enterprise Center)
The Line: Bradley Braves -2.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Drake Bulldogs (20-13, 8-10 CONF) and the Bradley Braves (21-11, 11-7 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for the Semifinal match of the Arch Madness MVC Tournament. The game will be played at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO, and it is scheduled for a 3:35 PM ET start time.
Drake is coming off a 77-56 win in the quarterfinal game against the #1 seed Northern Iowa. Drake being the #8 seed, made history in two fronts. It is the first back-to-back 20 win seasons for Drake since the 1970s! It is also the first time an #8 seed has beaten an #1 seed in the Arch Madness tournament. Bradley, the #4 seed defeated the #5 seed SIU, 64-59 in the quarterfinal game. Bradley and Drake split the season series this season, with the home teams being victorious in each game.
*** Stats for both teams are from before games played on March 6th.
Drake scores 69.3 points per game on 45.8 percent field goal shooting this season. Drake's leading scorer and rebounder is F Liam Robbins, who scores 13.9 points and earns 6.9 rebounds per game. Drake allows 67.8 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +1.5 scoring differential so far this season. Drake also earns 33.5 rebounds, 15.1 assists, 3.8 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team.
Bradley scores 71.5 points per game on 44.0% field goal shooting this season. Bradley's leading scorer is G Darrell Brown, who scores 14.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for Bradley is F Koch Bar, who earns 7.3 rebounds per game. Bradley allows 66.1 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +5.4 scoring differential so far this season.
Drake is 15-16 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Drake is also 4-1 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Bradley is 15-15-1 against the spread this season and 2-7-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Bradley is also 1-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season.
The line has not been released yet, therefore I will give my final score prediction and update this article tomorrow morning. I think Drake is riding high after their historic upset win over the conference's best team. Do I think that confidence boost will be enough to take down this Bradley team? Not quite, but I think it will be close. Final score prediction, Bradley wins 70-65.
UPDATE: Now that the line is out, I will take Bradley and lay the 2.5 points. It will be close, so I will probably stay away from this one altogether.