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Braves open as college hoops underdog vs Purple Aces

Bradley BravesEvansville Purple Aces
Jan 23, 8:05 PM | Ford Center

Bradley Braves vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds


Ford Center will host Evansville Purple Aces vs. Bradley Braves action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

This season, the Purple Aces are 11-8 overall and 9-6-1 ATS ATS, while the Braves are 12-7 and 8-8-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Evansville boasts a 9-3 on the OU, and Bradley is 7-6.

View Bradley vs Evansville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Braves were listed as 7-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Purple Aces at No. 206 and the Braves at No. 198 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 71-70 result in favor of the Braves.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Evansville has the nation's No. 140-rated offensive output, at 69.2 PPG. The visiting Braves defense ranks No. 115 allowing on average 63.7 PPG. The Purple Aces FG% has averaged 44% so far, less than the Braves marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.

Defensively, Bradley features the nation's No. 160-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.2 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 138 nationally in scoring at home.

Bradley was a 69-66 winner in its last match at home against Missouri State. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Walt Lemon Jr. scored 20 points leading the Braves to a 69-66 victory over Missouri State at Carver Arena on Saturday.

Last time out for Evansville, they were a 72-62 loser as they battled Indiana State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. Colt Ryan scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Purple Aces to a win (they lost 72-62 to Indiana State at Hulman Center on Saturday).

Bradley Braves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Wichita State are 5-5
After playing Missouri State are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Illinois State are 4-6
After playing Indiana State are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Braves at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Bradley is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Bradley is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Bradley is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Bradley is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Evansville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Evansville's last 6 games when playing Bradley
Evansville is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Bradley
Evansville is 12-4-1 ATS in its last 17 games when playing at home against Bradley

Next up:
Bradley at Wichita State, Saturday, January 26
Evansville at Illinois State, Saturday, January 26