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Braves open as college hoops underdog vs Panthers

Bradley BravesNorthern Iowa Panthers
5-8January 01, 2014, 08:00 | McLeod Center6-6

The Northern Iowa Panthers will be trying to slam the Bradley Braves on Wednesday when the teams tip off at McLeod Center in college betting action.

The Panthers sit at 6-6 (5-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Braves are currently 5-8 (1-8-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northern Iowa is 8-2 OU, and Bradley is 1-8 OU.

View Bradley Braves vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Panthers in this one found them listed as -12-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Wednesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Braves was expected to move the line.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 214-rated Panthers and the No. 232-ranked Braves, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Bradley was a 61-57 loser at home against South Florida. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Bradley got 17 points from Walt Lemon, Jr. but lost anyway, 61-57, to South Florida on Saturday at Carver Arena.

Last time out for Northern Iowa, they were a 90-78 winner as they battled Iona at home. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. The Panthers grabbed a 90-78 win over the Gaels on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Deon Mitchell at McLeod Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Iowa's No. 171-ranked scoring average of 71.67 PPG, against a Braves defense rated No. 95 and allowing 67.62 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 44.04% to date this season, more than the Braves shooters have managed so far (42.98% per game).

A few Braves at Panthers trends to consider:
Bradley is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Bradley is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Bradley is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Bradley is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Northern Iowa is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Bradley
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northern Iowa's last 7 games when playing Bradley
Northern Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Bradley

Next up:
Bradley home to Drake, Saturday, January 4th
Northern Iowa at Wichita State, Sunday, January 5th