Bradley at Northern Iowa: 2/2/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Bradley at Northern Iowa: 2/2/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Iowa Panthers (11-9) vs Bradley Braves (12-10)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Iowa Panthers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 140 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Bradley Braves and Northern Iowa Panthers face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the McLeod Center. When these two teams faced off on December 1st it was Bradley that won 71-69. 

Terry Roberts was the best player for Bradley scoring 20 points. Guard AJ Green was the top player for Northern Iowa putting up 30 points. 

Bradley comes into this game with a 12-10 record overall and they have gone 13-8 against the spread. In the last game against Indiana State, the defense was strong giving up only 52 points and that led to the 15 point victory. The Braves are averaging 72 points while their defense is giving up 65.9 points per game. The best player for Bradley this year has been Terry Roberts and he is averaging 15.7 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. If they want a chance to get the job done, Bradley is going to need to find a way to take away AJ Green. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Northern Iowa Panthers who sit with an 11-9 record and they have gone 7-12 against the spread. In the last game against Illinois State, Northern Iowa scored 79 points and that was enough to win by 15 points.The Panthers are averaging 74.5 points while their defense is giving up 69.9 points per game. The top player for the Panthers is AJ Green and he is averaging 18.6 points while shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from behind the three point line. Forward Noah Carter is also having a big season averaging 14 points while shooting 50.5 percent from the field. 

Bradley is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games. Northern Iowa is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall. The over is 5-1 in Northern Iowa’s last six home games. The over is 22-5 in Northern Iowa’s last 27 games following an against the spread win. 

I think Bradley finds a way to slow down AJ Green, and that is going to be the difference in this game. Look for Northern Iowa to struggle with Green not finding a ton of success, and that will lead to Bradley getting the job done. Back Bradley against the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Bradley +2.5

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