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Bradley @ Illinois-Chicago

Current records: Bradley 14-8; Illinois-Chicago 9-13

What you should know

After two home games, the Bradley Braves will be on the road. Bradley and the Illinois-Chicago Flames will face off in a Missouri Valley bout on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Credit Union 1 Arena. The Braves will stumble in on a win, while Illinois-Chicago will stumble in on a loss.

Things were close when Bradley and the Illinois State Redbirds clashed last Wednesday, but Bradley eventually prevailed 79-75 over the opposition. Bradley forward Malevy Leons looked sharp as he hit a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Speaking of close games, the Flames were close but no cigar last week as they lost 63-59 to the Missouri State Bears. Guard Tre Anderson had quite a memorable game, playing 3v11 shots and five turnovers for 40 minutes.

The Braves are the favorites in this game, with an expected 9-point lead to the win. The smart bettors were the ones who kept their money on Bradley’s opponents whenever they were out.

Bradley’s win put them 14-8, while the Illinois-Chicago loss pulled them back to 9-13. A few stats to keep in mind as you watch: Bradley has kept his opponents at a 39.80% field goal percentage, which ranks them 26th in college basketball. Less enviably, the Flames saved just 41.20% 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 see

  • When: Sunday at 3 p.m. ET
  • Where from: Credit Union 1 Arena – Chicago, Illinois
  • Consequences: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket cost: $24.20


The Braves are a huge 9-point favorite against the Flames according to the latest college basketball odds.

The odds makers were right in line with the betting community in this instance as the game opened with a 9 point spread and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -111

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series history

Bradley has won two of his last three games against Illinois-Chicago.

  • December 31, 2022 – Bradley 79 vs. Illinois-Chicago 45
  • November 16, 2019 – Bradley 65 vs. Illinois-Chicago 56
  • November 17, 2018 – Illinois – Chicago 71 vs. Bradley 70

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