Ball State Cardinals vs Western Michigan Broncos Preview
Western Michigan Broncos vs Ball State Cardinals Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Worthen Arena Saturday as host Ball State looks to handle the Western Michigan Broncos in NCAA hoops action.
The Cardinals sit at 8-13 (7-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Broncos are currently 15-7 (12-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Ball State is 9-6 OU, and Western Michigan is 7-5-2 OU.
Bettors looking to back visiting Western Michigan before tip-off in this one found them as 5.5-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 266 (Cardinals) and the No. 62 (Broncos) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 70-60 result in favor of the Broncos has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Ball State's No. 138-rated squad against Western Michigan's No. 41-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Ball State rates No. 244 in the country with 5.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 259 nationally with 5.3 per match.
Defensively, Western Michigan features the nation's No. 91-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.8 points per game. Ball State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 315 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Western Michigan, they were an 82-76 winner as they battled Kent State at home. They covered in the match as a 5-point favorite. David Brown scored 22 points leading the Broncos to an 82-76 victory over Kent State at University Arena on Wednesday.
Ball State lost its last outing, a 69-42 result against Ohio on February 6. They failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Ball State was run off the court by the Bobcats on Wednesday as Ohio routed them 69-42 at Worthen Arena.
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Bowling Green are 7-3
After playing Kent State are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Northern Illinois are 6-4
After playing Ohio are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7
A few Broncos at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 6 games when playing on the road against Ball State
Western Michigan is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Western Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ball State
Western Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games when playing Western Michigan
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games
Ball State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Western Michigan
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games when playing at home against Western Michigan
Western Michigan at Bowling Green, Wednesday, February 13
Ball State at Northern Illinois, Wednesday, February 13