The Bradley Braves (17-9, 8-5 MVC) travel to Southern Illinois to play the Salukis (15-11, 9-4 MVC) in what should be a low-scoring game. The game will air on CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Bradley Braves vs. Southern Illinois Salukis Betting Prediction
In the Braves’ last contest, they defeated the Indiana State Sycamores, 72-61. Bradley’s 0.610 effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over Indiana State, who had a mark of 0.417. The Braves’ mark was above their season average of 0.497, while the Sycamores’ was below their season average of 0.526. With 19 points on 9-for-15 shooting, Elijah Childs was the game’s leading scorer.
The Salukis were beaten by the Valparaiso Crusaders in their last contest, 55-38. Valparaiso’s 0.480 effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over Southern Illinois, who had a mark of 0.282. The Crusaders’ mark was below their season average of 0.498, while the Salukis’ was below their season average of 0.503. Eric McGill had a good performance for Southern Illinois, leading the team in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams battle. Southern Illinois currently ranks 345th in possessions per game (63.8) and Bradley is 304th (66.6).
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Ja’Shon Henry recorded 16 points and nine rebounds and the Braves beat the Salukis 67-48. The Braves had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.491 vs. 0.342) and had a better free throw rate (0.214 vs. 0.158).
Bradley Braves at Southern Illinois Salukis Free Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Bradley, O/U – Under
Bradley ranks 60th in blocks per game (3.9) while Southern Illinois ranks 72nd in blocks allowed per game (3.0).
The Braves’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 6.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Salukis have scored an average of 63.4 points per game (0.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 63.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average).