Connor Hickman drives to the hoop versus Drake

Bradley’s Connor Hickman strikes to the basket previous Drake’s Garrett Sturtz within the first half Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023 at Carver Enviornment. The Braves defeated the Bulldogs 73-61.

  • The Bulldogs are laying 1 level within the Drake vs Bradley odds in Sunday’s MVC Championship Recreation
  • Bradley has received 12 straight, together with a 73-61 determination over Drake within the common season finale
  • Don’t miss the most recent Drake vs Bradley odds beneath, plus predictions

Earlier than the MVC Event tipped off, oddsmakers had been banking on a Drake vs Bradley Championship Recreation. Seems they had been proper.

The highest-two seeds will sq. off on Sunday with a spot within the March Insanity Bracket on the road. These two groups are extremely even matched, however on-line sportsbooks on barely extra bullish on the Bulldogs within the school basketball odds.

Drake vs Bradley Odds

Workforce Unfold Moneyline Whole
Drake Bulldogs -1 (-110) OFF O 132 (-110)
Bradley Braves +1 (-110) OFF U 132 (-110)

Drake is at present a 1-point favourite, in a contest with a complete of 132. Tip-off is ready for two pm ET on the Enterprise Middle in St. Louis, MO, with CBSSN offering the protection.

Odds as of Mar 5 at DraftKings sportsbook. 

Drake vs Bradley Betting Tendencies

Drake is attempting to get again to the NCAA Event for the second time in three years. The Bulldogs cracked the top-68 again in 2021, regardless of shedding within the MVC title recreation to Loyola. That was their first look since 2008, whereas Bradley hasn’t been dancing since 2019.

The Braves entered the match in barely higher type, and beat Drake to shut out the common season 73-61 at dwelling. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs have regarded just like the extra worthy NCAA Event participant throughout Arch Insanity.

Drake opened up the match with a 12-point victory over Murray State. The Bulldogs obtained 27 factors from main scorer Tucker DeVries and shot 54% from the sector. They adopted up that victory with a convincing 65-52 semifinal win over Southern Illinois, constructing a 16-point halftime lead and by no means wanting again.

Drake was barely much less environment friendly within the semis, taking pictures 47%, however ramped up the defensive depth. They held the Salukis to 33% from the sector, and 26% from past the arc.

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Simply two factors separated the Bulldogs and Braves in offensive, defensive, and Internet ranking over the common season, but it surely’s been a battle up to now for Bradley on the MVC Event. The Braves snuck by Northern Iowa by six factors of their first matchup and squeaked out a 71-70 victory over Indiana State within the semis.

Bradley shot beneath 45% in each outings, and that merely received’t minimize it in opposition to Drake. The Braves led the convention in scoring protection and opponent subject objective proportion in the course of the common season, however up to now each Arch Insanity opponents have exceeded Bradley’s season lengthy averages.

That spells unhealthy information for the Braves versus the Bulldogs on Sunday, as Drake is a significantly better offensive staff that any program Bradley has confronted within the MVC Event.

Drake vs Bradley Predictions

The Braves’ 12-game profitable streak has been a significant speaking level this week, however what’s being ignored is the roll the Bulldogs are on.

Drake has received 12 of 13, with their solely loss throughout that stretch coming at Bradley. The Bulldogs destroyed the Braves 86-61 in Des Moines again in January, and have posted double-digit victories in 4 of their previous 5 contests.

Drake grades out increased than Bradley in KenPom’s total effectivity metric, and is completely loaded with expertise. The Bulldogs rank twenty seventh nationally in D-1 expertise after returning almost 70% of its manufacturing from a season in the past.

Drake vs Bradley H2H Outcomes This Season

Date Away Workforce Residence Workforce Consequence
Feb. 26, 2023 Drake Bulldogs Bradley Braves BRAD, 73-61
Jan. 14, 2023 Bradley Braves Drake Bulldogs DRKE, 86-61

They deal with the basketball extraordinarily effectively, main the convention in turnover proportion, whereas rating second in free throws. These are usually issues experience-laden, well-coached groups do, and it interprets into victories.

Drake is the higher offensive staff, and up to now throughout Arch Insanity they appear like the extra full program. Rely on that being the case once more on Sunday, incomes the Bulldogs a second March Insanity journey within the final three seasons.

Decide: Drake Bulldogs -1 (-110)

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