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NCAA hoops odds preview - Bradley vs. Evansville

Bradley BravesEvansville Purple Aces
8-12January 26, 2014, 02:00 | Ford Center9-11

The Bradley Braves will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Purple Aces in Evansville at Ford Center on Sunday in college basketball action.

Supporters of the Braves have watched them go 8-12 and 5-11-1 ATS on the year, while the Purple Aces are at 9-11 and 7-7-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Purple Aces are 7-7, while the Braves have a 2-14 mark.

View Bradley Braves vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds and Stats.

The Purple Aces were listed as -5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Purple Aces at No. 290 and the Braves at No. 258 heading into this contest.

Bradley was a 69-65 winner in their most recent outing at home against Northern Iowa. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Walt Lemon, Jr. scored 28 points for Bradley on Wednesday, leading the Braves to a 69-65 win over Northern Iowa at Carver Arena.

Evansville was a 64-61 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Missouri State. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Evansville suffered a 64-61 loss against Missouri State on Tuesday, getting 18 points from D.J. Balentine in a losing effort at JQH Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Evansville's No. 172 nationally ranked offense (70.55 points per game) against a Braves defense that sits as the No. 75 at 67.15 PPG. The Purple Aces have been averaging 46.39% from the field, more than the Braves have managed so far this season (42.83% on average).

A few Braves at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Bradley is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Bradley is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
Bradley is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Bradley's last 8 games
Evansville is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
Evansville is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Evansville is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Evansville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Bradley

Next up:
Bradley home to Illinois State, Wednesday, January 29th
Evansville at Northern Iowa, Wednesday, January 29th