Ball State at Bowling Green: 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Ball State at Bowling Green: 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Bowling Green Falcons (9-2) vs Ball State Cardinals (4-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Stroh Center)

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The Ball State Cardinals will travel to the Stroh Center to take on the Bowling Green Falcons this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Ball State Cardinals lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-5 on the season after being defeated by the Buffalo Bulls, 86-69, this past Saturday. Ball Sate had no answers defensively in the 2nd half in the 2nd half against Buffalo and could not fight back after Buffalo took a 58-40 lead with 12:23 left in regulation. Ball State shot 43.3% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc while Buffalo shot 39.0% from the field and 37.9% from beyond the arc. Ball State was outrebounded by a 53-39 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 19-15 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinals was K.J. Walton who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Ball State is averaging 70.8 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ball State has been led by K.J. Walton (17.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Ishmael El-Amin (14.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Brachen Hazen (9.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 spg), & Miryne Thomas (7.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg).

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Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of -4.3 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Bowling Green Falcons won their 5th straight game and improved to 9-2 on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 93-65, this past Saturday. Bowling Green had no trouble taking care of business against Central Michigan for the 2nd straight game and easily cruised to victory after taking a 64-42 lead with 11:33 left in regulation. Bowling Green shot 43.8% from the field and 41.4% from beyond the arc while Central Michigan shot 30.0% from the field and 18.8% from beyond the arc. Bowling Green outrebounded Central Michigan by a 51-47 margin and committed just 5 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Falcons was Justin Turner who had 24 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Bowling Green is averaging 83.7 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Falcons are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Justin Turner (20.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Trey Diggs (12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.1 spg), Daeqwon Plowden (11.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), & Kaden Metheny (10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 3.7.

The Cardinals are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Falcons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.

Ball State came into this season with high expectations after bringing back a bunch of experience, however, the Cardinals have been pretty disappointing this season and come into this game ranked just 207th in scoring offense & 239th in scoring defense. Bowling Green is the team to beat in the MAC this season and between the fact that they have an explosive offense and have the best player on the court in Justin Turner, I think the Falcons do enough in this one to cover this spread. Good Luck!

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