Bradley Braves (7-4) vs Georgia Southern Eagles (7-3)Date : 12/18/2018
Time : 7:30 PM
Location : Hanner Fieldhouse
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Bradley Braves vs Georgia Southern Eagles
The Georgia Southern Eagles will return home to Hanner Fieldhouse for their 2nd consecutive home game where they will take on the Bradley Braves, the opening kickoff is slated for 7:30 PM. Georgia Southern has been a pleasant surprise and look like a team who can make some noise in the Sun Belt while Bradley has started off the season really well but the question will be: can they continue their level of play in Missouri Valley play?
Bradley Braves's Latest Performance :
The Bradley Braves have consistently found themselves in some type of postseason tournament but they haven’t been to the big one in March since 2006. Bradley comes into this matchup fresh off a loss at home against Eastern Illinois where they were outscored 40-30 in the 2nd half in route to a 73-66 loss. Leading the way for the Braves was an unlikely source as junior center Koch Bar dropped a team-high 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bar isn’t necessarily known as a scorer for this team as he is averaging 9.1 PPG (the lowest out of any starter) but if they can continue his scoring output it puts this team in a better position. The leading scorer on the season is junior guard Darrell Brown with 15.4 PPG but he was unable to reach that mark in this game as he only dropped 12 points in 35 minutes of playing time. Falling just short of a double-double for the Braves was sophomore forward Elijah Childs as he dropped 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss. Childs is arguably the most productive player for the Braves as he comes into this game averaging 13.4 PPG and 8.1 RPG through the first 10 games of the season.
Georgia Southern Eagles's Latest Performance :
Georiga Southern had the opportunity to beat up on a lower level opponent last game as they welcomed in NAIA Brewton-Parker College where they won 101-64. The Eagles were able to display their high scoring offense in this game and they received contribution out of a ton of guys as 7 different guys touched double-digits in the point department. The leading scorer for the Eagles was senior guard Ike Smith who recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The senior has been one of the top contributors in the early going of 2018 as he is averaging 14.7 PPG and 5.7 RPG. Smith is joined in the backcourt by senior guard Tookie Brown who is the teams top scorer on the season as he post a stat line of 16.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.1 APG, Brown scored 10 points and dished out 8 assists against Brewton-Parker. Coming along nicely for the Eagles has been junior forward Isaiah Crawley and he continued his scoring output by dropping 13 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in the win, Crawley is one of the 4 Eagles to average double-digits on the season as he scores an average of 10.7 PPG.
How Bradley Braves & Georgia Southern Eagles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Bradley is 4-5 ATS, 1-2 ATS on the road.
Georgia Southern is 6-2 ATS, 1-1 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Georgia Southern ranks 9th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 89.7 PPG while Bradley ranks 241st as they score an average of 72.2 PPG.
Bradley ranks 73rd in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 67.1 PPG while Georgia Southern ranks 275th as they hold opponents to an average of 76.7 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Georgia Southern Eagles
My reason for the pick :
Georgia Southern has a top 10 offense while Bradley has one of the worst offenses in D1 basketball which has me giving the nod to the higher scoring team at home. Georgia Southern has a pair of great guards in Ike Smith and Tookie Brown but what has really propelled this team to their current win mark is the play of Isaiah Crawley as he has been the 3rd scorer for the Eagles. Bradley has been solid this season but we saw their flaws on display this past weekend against Eastern Illinois as they lack scoring depth outside Brown as only 2 guys touched double-digits in points. Georgia Southern showed the ability to score on a good defense last week (UCF) and with them being back at home I expect a big blowout win in this game.
Betting trends for Bradley Braves:
- Bradley is 2-0 ATS as an underdog this season.
Betting trends for Georgia Southern Eagles:
- Georgia Southern is 5-1 ATS after a win this season.