The Bradley Braves look to win their 11th game in a row when they battle the Northern Iowa Panthers in an Arch Madness quarterfinal at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis on Friday. The Braves (23-8, 16-4 MVC), who won the regular-season league title, have won four of the last five meetings with Northern Iowa. The Panthers (14-17, 9-11), who snapped a two-game losing streak with Thursday's first-round 75-62 win over Illinois State, last faced the Braves in the MVC Tournament in 2019, falling 57-54 in the championship game. The teams have combined for nine MVC Tournament titles, including five by Northern Iowa.
The game at the Enterprise Center will tip off at 1 p.m. ET. The Braves are 10.5-point favorites, according to the latest Northern Iowa vs. Bradley odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 135 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows the Braves, who ended the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, are led by junior forward Rienk Mast. The native of the Netherlands is averaging 14 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He is coming off a double-double in a 73-61 win over Drake on Sunday in what proved to be the regular-season conference championship game. Mast finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Braves finished one game ahead of Drake for the title. In two games against Northern Iowa this season, he is averaging 15.5 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The model also knows sophomore guard Bowen Born leads the Panthers, and is coming off a 23-point and five-assist performance in Thursday's win over Illinois State. Coming into the tournament, Born was averaging 17.2 points, 2.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in 30 starts. In two games against the Braves, Born scored 22 points in their Nov. 30 meeting, and finished with 11 points and four assists on Feb. 4. His best scoring output has been 30 points, which he has accomplished twice. The most recent time was Feb. 1 in an 88-81 double-overtime loss at Drake.
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