Bradley @ Illinois-Chicago
Current Records: Bradley 14-8; Illinois-Chicago 9-13
What to Know
After a two-game homestand, the Bradley Braves will be on the road. Bradley and the Illinois-Chicago Flames will face off in a Missouri Valley battle at 3 p.m. ET Sunday at Credit Union 1 Arena. The Braves will be strutting in after a win while Illinois-Chicago will be stumbling in from a loss.
Things were close when Bradley and the Illinois State Redbirds clashed this past Wednesday, but Bradley ultimately edged out the opposition 79-75. Bradley's forward Malevy Leons looked sharp as he posted a double-double on 16 points and 11 rebounds along with three blocks.
Speaking of close games: the Flames were close but no cigar last week as they fell 63-59 to the Missouri State Bears. Guard Tre Anderson had a pretty forgettable game, playing for 40 minutes with 3-for-11 shooting and five turnovers.
The Braves are the favorite in this one, with an expected 9-point margin of victory. The smart bettors have been the ones to keep their money on Bradley's opponents whenever they hit the road.
Bradley's victory brought them up to 14-8 while Illinois-Chicago's defeat pulled them down to 9-13. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Bradley have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 39.80%, which places them 26th in college basketball. Less enviably, the Flames have only been able to knock down 41.20% percent of their shots, which is the 24th lowest field goal percentage in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked against Illinois-Chicago.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 3 p.m. ET
- Where: Credit Union 1 Arena -- Chicago, Illinois
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $24.20
The Braves are a big 9-point favorite against the Flames, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Bradley have won two out of their last three games against Illinois-Chicago.
- Dec 31, 2022 - Bradley 79 vs. Illinois-Chicago 45
- Nov 16, 2019 - Bradley 65 vs. Illinois-Chicago 56
- Nov 17, 2018 - Illinois-Chicago 71 vs. Bradley 70