Western Michigan vs. Ball State - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Ball State Cardinals (13-9) at Western Michigan Broncos (10-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm (University Arena in Read Fieldhouse)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos +5 -- Over/Under: 133
The Ball State Cardinals and the Western Michigan Broncos meet in college basketball MAC-tion from University Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Ball State Cardinals will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 62-54 win over Kent State last time out. Kyle Mallers led the Cardinals with 16 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 threes while Tahjai Teague added 12 points with team-highs of 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks for the double-double. Jarron Coleman added 11 points with 5 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Ball State in the win while Brachen Hazen added a team-high 10 rebounds. Teague leads Ball State in scoring and rebounding with an average of 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while Coleman leads the Cardinals in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Ball State is averaging 70 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the 3-point line and 66.1% from the foul line this season.
The Western Michigan Broncos will look to build on a 64-60 win over Miami-Ohio in their last outing. Brandon Johnson led the Broncos with 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds while Michael Flowers added 16 points including an 11 of 12 mark from the foul line as the only other double-digit scorer for Western Michigan in the winning effort. Flowers leads Western Michigan in scoring and assists with an average of 17.8 points and 3.4 assists per game while Johnson leads the Broncos in rebounding with 8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 71.4 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the arc and 71.4% from the foul line this season.
Ball State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Western Michigan is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the points with a home dog like Western Michigan would be tempting as the Broncos have been decent at home this year and head-to-head, the home team’s had a lot of success. However, Ball State is just playing the better ball as of late, and that includes a 7-3 mark ATS and SU in their last 10 games. I just think that the Cardinals will pull away in this one as the second half so I’ll lay the points with Ball State in this one.