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Cardinals open as college hoops underdog vs Huskies

Ball State CardinalsNorthern Illinois Huskies
5-23March 08, 2014, 04:30 | NIU Convocation Center13-16



Ball State travels to Northern Illinois on Saturday, hoping to boost its 5-23 record with a victory over the Huskies.

The Huskies bring a 13-16 record (15-10-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-23 Cardinals, who are 12-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Northern Illinois go 12-14-1 so far and the Cardinals go 16-9.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds and Stats.

The Cardinals were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Huskies at No. 112 and the Cardinals at No. 257 heading into this contest.

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Ball State was a 72-58 loser in its last match on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. Majok Majok scored 23 points and chipped in with 14 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 72-58 against Eastern Michigan in college basketball action at EMU Convocation Center.

Northern Illinois lost its last outing, a 61-56 result against Western Michigan on March 4. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Northern Illinois suffered a 61-56 loss against Western Michigan on Tuesday, getting 15 points from Aaric Armstead in a losing effort at University Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Illinois's No. 247-ranked scoring average of 62.76 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 208 and allowing 73.86 PPG. The Huskies FG% has averaged 39.14% to date this season, less than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (40.47% per game).

A few Cardinals at Huskies trends to consider:
Ball State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Ball State is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games
Ball State is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Northern Illinois is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Illinois is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Northern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

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