Ball State vs Central Michigan Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/27/24

Central Michigan (16-11) vs Ball State (13-14)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)

Betting Odds: Central Michigan -3.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ball State Cardinals will play the Central Michigan Chippewas in a MAC game on Tuesday night at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Ball State has lost four of their last five games, while Central Michigan has won three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ball State vs Central Michigan prediction.

Ball State Preview

The Ball State Cardinals are 13-14 (5-9) this season after they lost to Eastern Michigan by a score of 58-56 in their last game. Ball State led 27-26 at the half, but they were out scored 32-29 in the second half for the loss. The Cardinals shot 34.5% from the field and were -7 in rebounding margin in the game. Ball State defeated NIU by a score of 70-63 in the game prior to EMU, but lost the three games before that. The Cardinals are scoring 73.3 points per game with 34.9 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game, while giving up 70.4 points against per game this year. Basheer Jihad is averaging 19.1 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, and 1.7 assists per game. Ball State is shooting 44.8% from the field, 76.2% on free throws, and 36.9% on three pointers this season. 

Central Michigan Preview

The Central Michigan Chippewas are 16-11 (10-4) this year after they lost to Miami (OH) by a score of 88-60 in their last game. Central Michigan trailed 46-24 at halftime and allowed 42 more points in the second half for the loss. The Chippewas shot 39.6% from the field and were +2 in rebounding margin in the game. Central Michigan had won their previous three games against Bowling Green, Western Michigan, and Old Dominion. The Chippewas are scoring 66.4 points per game with 35.8 rebounds per game and 11.2 assists per game, while allowing 70.1 points against per game this season. Anthony Pritchard is averaging 13.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game. CMU is shooting 42.6% from the field, 66.6% on free throws, and 30.2% on three pointers this year. 

Ball State vs Central Michigan Betting Prediction

Central Michigan comes into this matchup with a 10-4 conference record and they are third in the MAC, but they just lost by 28 points in their last game. The Chippewas are only shooting 42.6% from the field and scoring just 66.4 points per game this season. Ball State is 5-9 in conference play and they are near the bottom of the MAC standings. The Cardinals just lost at home to Eastern Michigan, who is one of the few teams with a worse MAC record. I don’t love Central Michigan’s shooting struggles, but I do think they are the play at home here. 

David’s Pick Central Michigan -3.5

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