Bradley Braves vs. Wisconsin Badgers
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Bradley Braves meet on Friday in round one of the Chicago Invitational. The Badgers are -18.5 point favorites over the Braves.
Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers once again look to be a contender and they have their sights set on a Big Ten title and a spot in the Final Four. The Badgers have started the season with four convincing wins and doing what they do best: shooting at a very high percentage and playing top notch defense. Jordan Taylor is averaging 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game, Jared Berggren is averaging 13.5 points, Ben Brust is averaging 13 points, and Mike Bruesewitz is averaging 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. As a team the Badgers are averaging 74.8 points, 17 assists, 43 offensive rebounds, and they are shooting 50.9 percent while they are holding their opposition to a nation’s best in all categories 34 points, 4.8 assists, and 26.2 percent shooting. While the competition level will step up in a hurry, Wisconsin appears to have all of the tools to contend this year.
The Bradley Braves are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season as Geno Ford’s team fell last time out to Wofford. This game is a huge step up for the Braves who play in the Missouri Valley Conference but it isn’t like they have never seen this level of competition before. Taylor Brown leads Bradley with 18 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, Dyricus Simms-Edwards averages 16.5 points, Jordan Prosser is averaging 11 points and 10.5 rebounds, and Walt Lemon Jr. is averaging 11 points. As a team Bradley is averaging 69.5 points and they shoot 46.3 percent from the floor while their opponents score 65.5 points per game and shoot 41 percent from the floor. Bradley will need to play error free basketball to keep this one competitive.
Wisconsin is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight non-conference games, 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 neutral site games, and 6-2 against the spread following a win of more than 20 points. Bradley is 4-0 against the spread following a loss, 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 non-conference games, and 5-11 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
Wisconsin is one of the top teams in the nation and while they won’t do it in an exciting fashion, look for the Badgers to systematically dismantle the Braves.
Wisconsin Badgers -18.5 Bradley Braves