Colorado State Rams cheerleaders perform in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between Nevada and Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. Following the lead of California and joining an increasing number of other states, Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, to allow college student athletes to profit from their name and image. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
- The Colorado State Rams are 11.5-point favorites over the Bradley Braves in an NCAA men’s basketball game slated for Friday, November 19
- This game is a first-round contest of the Paradise Jam Tournament in the US Virgin Islands
- Colorado State is 3-0 on the young season. Bradley is just 1-2
A trip to paradise will see the Colorado State Rams and Bradley Braves meet on the basketball court for the first time in the history of the two schools.
The Rams and Braves will clash in an opening-round game at the Paradise Jam tournament in the US Virgin Islands. The Braves are on a one-game winning streak, but are just 1-2 on the season.
Colorado State is 3-0 and the Rams are the 11.5-point favorites in this game. They are 1-1 against the spread this season. No odds were offered on Colorado State’s victory over Peru State.
Bradley vs Colorado State Odds
|Bradley Braves||OFF||+11.5 (-110)||O 143.5 (-110)|
|Colorado State Rams||OFF||-11.5 (-110)||U 143.5 (-110)|
Odds as of November 18th at DraftKings.
Tipoff for this game is set for 1pm ET on Friday at the Sports and Fitness Center of the University of Virgin Islands in St Thomas. ESPN3 is carrying the broadcast, with live streaming accessible via ESPN+.
Bradley Braves Betting Trends
A 92-66 drubbing off the Missouri S&T Miners got the Braves off the snide. Bradley opened the season with back-to-back losses to the San Diego State Aztecs (81-65) and the Howard Bison (76-64).
Guard Terry Roberts led the way against San Diego State with 15 points. In the setback to Howard, forward Malevy Leons paced the Braves’ offense with 16 points. Forward Ja’Shon Henry, with 17 points, was among six Bradley players in double digits against the Miners. Roberts scored 15 points, Leons netted 13 points and Rienk Mast, Ville Tahvanainen and Jayson Kent each scored 10 points.
Relive Bradley’s season opening win from last night as we look to carry the momentum to the U.S. Virgin Islands! pic.twitter.com/gMbAhAEkW7
— Bradley Basketball (@bradleyumbb) November 17, 2021
An official scoring change in the Missouri S&T victory ended up adding another rebound to the total of Braves forward Mast. That gave him 10 boards to go with his 10 points. It also made Mast the first Bradley player to open the season with three straight double doubles since Joe Allen in 1966-67.
For the season, Bradley is shooting 40.3% from the field. But the Braves are a disappointing 23.2% from beyond the arc. Roberts leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game, and five assists per game. Mast is pulling down 11.7 rebounds per game.
Colorado State Rams Betting Trends
The Rams are a dangerous club from long range. Colorado State is shooting 3-pointers at an impressive 44.3% success rate. Overall, the Rams are also shooting the lights out, with a field goal percentage of 57.1%.
— Colorado State Men’s Basketball (@CSUMBasketball) November 18, 2021
Individually, forward David Roddy and guard Isaiah Stevens share the team scoring lead. Each is averaging 17.3 points per game. Roddy is also cleaning the glass, averaging 10 rebounds per game.
You could say that the Rams are golden so far this season. They opened the season with an impressive 109-80 verdict over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, last year’s NCAA Tournament darlings. Colorado State followed up with a 20-point decision over the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions (91-71) and an 88-62 verdict over the Peru State Bobcats, an NAIA school.
Bradley Braves vs Colorado State Rams Prediction
Following their impressive 3-0 launch to the season, Colorado State rose to the top of the Mountain West Conference power rankings. The Rams were the preseason pick to win the conference title.
Returning two starters and seven total letter winners from last year’s 12-16 team that finished eighth in the Missouri Valley regular season at 6-12, Bradley was picked to finish sixth in the league.
— Colorado State Men’s Basketball (@CSUMBasketball) November 19, 2021
Bradley welcomed back Henry (illness) and Tahvanainen (foot injury) for the win over Missouri S&T.
The Rams are 55th in the KenPom rankings. Bradley comes in at #202. Colorado State also is showing the third-highest effective field goal rate (65.0) in the country according to KenPom. Equally impressive is the Rams’ No. 3 ranking in defensive block rate (27.1).
Pick: Colorado State Rams -11.5 (-110)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.