Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Eastern Michigan Eagles (15-11) at Ball State Cardinals (14-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm (John E. Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -6.5 -- Over/Under: 121.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles (15-11, 5-8 CONF) and the Ball State Cardinals (14-12, 7-6 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 22nd for a MAC matchup at the Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN. The game will be played at 1:00 PM eastern time.
Eastern Michigan is coming off a 70-49 home win against Kent State in a game in which they were actually underdogs. Eastern Michigan has now won three in a row and four of their last five overall. Their defense has allowed an average of 50 points in their last two games. Ball State is coming off a 72-59 road loss to Buffalo on February 18th. That makes it back-to-back defeats for Ball State. They have also lost three of their last five overall.
Eastern Michigan scores 65.3 points per game on 43.0% FG shooting this season. The Eagles leading scorer is F Ty Groce who scores 11.6 PPG. The Eagles leading rebounder is C Boubacar Toure who averages 9.1 RPG. Eastern Michigan allows 62.1 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +3.2 scoring differential so far this season. Eastern Michigan also earns 34.9 rebounds, 9.7 assists, 3.2 blocks, and 10.3 steals per game.
Ball State scores 69.1 points per game on 42.3% FG shooting this season. The Cardinals leading scorer and rebounder is F Tahjai Teague who averages 14.8 PPG and 9.0 RPG. Ball State allows 62.7 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +6.4 point differential so far this season. Ball State also earns 35.8 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 3.5 blocks, and 6.8 steals per game.
Eastern Michigan is 13-9 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS in their last ten games. Eastern Michigan is also 6-5 ATS on the road so far this season. Ball State is 12-13 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. Ball State is also 6-5 ATS at home so far this season.
Eastern Michigan is on a three-game win streak and has taken down some pretty tough MAC competition. I like Eastern Michigan to have a good shot of winning this game outright, so I will take them and the 6.5 points.