Northern Iowa meets Bradley in MVC finals
Northern Iowa (16-17, 11-9) vs. Bradley (19-14, 11-9)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Championship, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Northern Iowa and Bradley are prepared to square off in the Championship of the MVC tourney. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Feb. 6, when the Braves shot 54.9 percent from the field while holding Northern Iowa to just 44.6 percent en route to the eight-point victory.
STEPPING UP: Bradley’s Elijah Childs has averaged 12.1 points and 7.9 rebounds while Darrell Brown has put up 14.9 points. For the Panthers, AJ Green has averaged 14.7 points while Wyatt Lohaus has put up 10.5 points.
ACCURATE AJ: Green has connected on 34.3 percent of the 198 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 9 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also made 85.7 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINNING WHEN: Northern Iowa is a perfect 13-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.8 percent or less. The Panthers are 3-17 when allowing the opposition to shoot any better than that.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Braves have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Panthers. Bradley has an assist on 41 of 63 field goals (65.1 percent) over its past three matchups while Northern Iowa has assists on 29 of 67 field goals (43.3 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Bradley is ranked second among MVC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 28.1 percent. The Braves have averaged 9.4 offensive boards per game.