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#653 IUPUI 138 vs.
#654 Bradley -12
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Joshua Broom

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Missouri Valley welcomes Horizon League Saturday as IUPUI visits Bradley. The Jaguars are 0-1 after finishing last season 16-17 (8-10 in conference play). Byron Rimm serves as IUPUI’s Interim Head Coach after Jason Gardner’s resignation.

Following a surprise NCAA Tournament auto bid, Bradley also dropped its first 19-20’ encounter 86-81 Tues. night vs. St. Joes. Bryan Wardle enters his fifth season as Bradley head coach and has guided the program to consecutive 20-win campaigns.

Bradley opens as a -10.5 point favorite, per pregame.com.

IUPUI run down vs. short handed Butler

Byron Rimm’s IUPUI tenure began unceremoniously as the Jaguars dropped an 80-47 season-opening loss vs. Butler Wednesday night. Held to 36.8 percent shooting, Rimm’s men struggled throughout on both ends as junior Marcus Burke led IUPUI’s offense with 17 points on 7 of 21 shooting. Overall, the visiting Jaguars made 21 of 57 FG attempts, 3 of 21 3-PT attempts and stagnated while assisting on just seven FGM.

Defensively, IUPUI allowed 59.3 percent shooting and 6 of 14 3-PM vs. a Bulldogs team which went 16-17 in 2019. Sean McDermott’s 26 points led all scorers. Teammate Bryce Golden added 17 points during Butler’s convincing win.

Though, the most disheartening aspect of Wednesday’s setback for IUPUI was the fact Butler was without seven of its regular players. Adjustments must be made for the Jaguars moving forward if they hope to avoid similar results vs. a Bradley team at full strength.

Bradley’s trademark defense falls short vs. host St. Joes

While shooting just 39 percent overall, Bradley fell short during a back-and-forth effort vs. St. Joseph’s. Evident in their recent defeat is the leadership lost from last season’s defensive-minded NCAA Tournament group. After holding opponents to 65.3 ppg in 2019, the Braves couldn’t contain the Hawks’ late surge. Senior Darrell Brown’s 17 points led Bradley. Four other Braves lent double-figure scoring, with senior Nate Kennell adding 15.

Though minus steady opposing defensive pressure, St. Joe standouts Ryan Daly (26), Myles Douglas (18) and Lorenzo Edward (12) did just enough to slide past the visiting Braves.

After rallying from adversity last season, it appears Wardle will need another inspirational moment for his men to reach full potential.

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With sound infrastructure, big-game experience and toughness all at play this Bradley group will cover tonight vs. IUPUI. It’s worth noting again that the Jaguars fell big-time recently against a middling Butler team missing almost half its roster. In that loss, which gained its share of scoffs, IUPUI displayed no defensive principles, poor bench production, and zero reliable offense outside Burke’s labored 17 points. Given Bradley’s scrap against St. Joe’s, their line could be much higher than 10.5 Saturday. I definitely advise taking Bradley to cover vs. an IUPUI bunch experiencing considerable turmoil.

Prediction: Bradley

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Given Bradley’s 81-point offering during their recent 167 point burner vs. the Eagles, I like the Over 131.5 in this one. The Braves have already shown defensive holes which IUPUI will be ready to exploit in each school’s second 2019 outing. Further, after reading about their misgivings vs. shorthanded Butler, Rimm and company will give maximum effort tonight. And while that effort won’t result in a win against the spread, it will help push over a lax total vs. an offensively competent Bradley Bears group making its home debut. Expect a high-scoring contest Saturday between programs seeking their first 19-20 win.

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Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.