Eastern Michigan vs Ball State Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/24/24

Ball State (12-13) vs Eastern Michigan (10-16)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Worthen Arena)

Betting Odds: Ball State Cardinals -10.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Ball State Cardinals meet Saturday in college basketball action from Worthen Arena. Eastern Michigan is 10-16 overall after a loss to Buffalo on Tuesday. As for Ball State, they beat Northern Illinois in their last game which improved the Cardinals to 13-13 so far. Let’s get into our Eastern Michigan vs. Ball State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Eastern Michigan Eagles

The Eagles posted a pretty rough run to start the year, going just 9-11 over their first 20 outings. It’s been a 1-5 run for Eastern Michigan since then with losses to Akron, Northern Illinois, Toledo, LA-Monroe and Buffalo alongside a lone win over Bowling Green.

In the Buffalo matchup on Tuesday, the Eagles trailed 33-31 going into the second half. Eastern Michigan fell further behind on a 45-38 run from there and lost the game 78-69. Tyson Acuff was tops in scoring with 26 points and four assists along with two steals in the defeat.

Ball State Cardinals

Over on the Cardinals’ side, they weren’t a lot better through 20 games with an 11-9 record. Ball State has gone 2-4 in their last six with losses to Bowling Green, Ohio, Texas State and Miami-OH. The two wins in that time were over Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.

On Tuesday versus Northern Illinois, the Cardinals finished off a three-game road trip with a win. After a 31-27 deficit in the first half, Ball State came back with a 43-32 run from there for a 70-63 victory. Jalin Anderson was the top scorer on the team with 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

ANDREW’S FREE EASTERN MICHIGAN VS BALL STATE PREDICTION

I’ll stay with Ball State. The Cardinals didn’t shoot especially well (37.5 percent) and got out-rebounded 45-38 (15-8 offensive) in their victory over Northern Illinois. Ball State took advantage of 14 Huskies turnovers with 14 points however, and bagged a much-needed win. It was a good return to form on offense as well following just 119 combined points in the previous pair.

Ball State took a 76-62 road win the last time these teams met up back on January 16. The Cardinals shot well (50 percent) in that one but lost the rebounding battle 37-31 (10-3 offensive). They’ll need to be a little sharper on the boards in the home rematch but Ball State should be set up well.

Andrew’s Pick Ball State Cardinals -10.5

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