Northern Iowa vs Bradley Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/3/23
Bradley Braves (23-8) vs Northern Iowa Panthers (14-17)
Game Info: Friday, March 3, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
Betting Odds: Bradley Braves -10.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Northern Iowa Panthers will play the Bradley Braves in the Quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Northern Iowa Preview
The Northern Iowa Panthers are 14-17 (9-11) this season after they defeated Illinois State by a score of 75-62 in their last game. Northern Iowa shot 46.6% from the field and made 9 three pointers in the win. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 70.1 points per game, 70.1 points against per game, 33 rebounds per game, and 11.5 assists per game. Bowen Born has led the Panthers this season with 17.2 points per game, 2.6 assists per game, and 2.3 rebounds per game. Northern Iowa is shooting 45.5% from the field, 68.9% on free throws, and 34.2% on three pointers this year.
The Bradley Braves are 23-8 (16-4) this season after they defeated Drake by a score of 73-61 in their last game. Bradley shot 56% from the field and was +11 in rebounding margin in the win. The Bradley Braves are averaging 71.5 points per game, 61.3 points against per game, 35.4 rebounds per game, and 13.5 assists per game. Rienk Mast has led the Braves this season with 14 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game. Bradley is shooting 46.7% from the field, 66.7% on free throws, and 36.9% on three pointers this year.
Northern Iowa comes into this game after winning their first game of the MVC Tournament on Thursday and will be warmed up and ready to go for this one. Bradley will be playing their first game of the tournament and they finished first in the MVC standings this year. Bradley has won 10 games in a row and has played terrific defense this season. Bradley has held opponents to 61 points or fewer in five of their last six games. Bradley won both of the first two meetings between these two teams by scores of 68-53 and 77-69. I think Northern Iowa is going to cause some issues for Bradley in this game and I like them with the points here.