Bradley vs Missouri State Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/21/24

Missouri State (15-12) vs Bradley (18-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Great Southern Bank Arena)

Betting Odds: Missouri State Bears +2.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Bradley Braves and the Missouri State Bears meet Wednesday in college basketball action from JQH Arena. Bradley enters this one at 18-9 overall following a loss to Northern Iowa. As for Missouri State, they’re coming off a win over Valparaiso that improved the Bears to 15-12 this year. Let’s get into our Bradley vs. Missouri State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Bradley Braves

The Braves only lost six of their first 23 games this year. Those defeats came courtesy of Murray State, Indiana State, Akron, Cleveland State, Duquesne and Indiana State. Bradley is just 1-3 since then however, losing to Evansville, Drake and Northern Iowa in that time.

In the Northern Iowa matchup on Sunday, the Braves were drilled 44-26 in the first half alone. Bradley got better from there in a 37-30 second half but still ended up losing 74-63. Connor Hickman was the leading team scorer with 22 points, three rebounds and two assists.

Missouri State Bears

Over on the Missouri State side, they were 10-9 back on January 20. Following wins over Drake, Valparaiso, Southern Illinois and Belmont in the next four, the Bears fell to Northern Iowa, Indiana State and Murray State before another win over Valparaiso.

Matched up against Valparaiso over the weekend, the Bears came out of the locker room with a 41-38 deficit. Missouri State bounced back in the second half with a 44-33 run however, eventually winning 82-74. Chance Moore led the team in the victory with 25 points and nine rebounds.


I’ll stay with Bradley. The Braves need a good bounce-back effort here after a flat first half in the loss to Northern Iowa over the weekend, though. Bradley shot a tepid 35.8 percent in that one and got out-rebounded 37-28. The 13 turnovers didn’t help either. The good news is that Bradley didn’t have too many issues the last time these teams met up on January 6, taking an 86-60 win at home.

In that first matchup, the Braves shot a nice 54.7 percent from the field and posted a rebounding advantage 41-22. It was a sloppy game on both sides, with 31 total turnovers (16 for Bradley). The Braves will need to clean up their mistakes in this road rematch, but I think they’ll cover if all goes well.

Andrew’s Pick Bradley Braves -2.5

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