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College Basketball Matchup - Central Michigan Chippewas Ball State Cardinals Odds Preview

Ball State CardinalsCentral Michigan Chippewas
Jan 19, 7:00 PM | McGuirk Arena

Ball State Cardinals vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds

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College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Cardinals of Ball State hit the hard court against the Chippewas of Central Michigan.

The Chippewas are 8-8 so far on the season, and 10-5 ATS vs. the number. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are 7-8 and 6-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Central Michigan go 8-3 and the Cardinals go 5-4 on the totals.

View Ball State vs Central Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Chippewas were listed as 5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Chippewas - Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Central Michigan is rated No. 264 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ball State is at No. 262. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 64-63 win for the Chippewas.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Central Michigan's No. 191-ranked scoring average of 67.3 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 174 and allowing 66.1 PPG. The Chippewas FG% has averaged 40.6% to date this season, less than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (41.2% per game).

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 230-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.7 points per game. Central Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 213 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Ball State was a 71-64 loser on the road against Akron. They covered the 19-point spread as underdogs. Majok Majok poured in 26 points and added 13 rebounds in a losing cause for Ball State on Wednesday, as the Zips rolled to a 71-64 victory over Ball State at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Central Michigan lost its last outing, a 58-52 result against Eastern Michigan on January 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. Central Michigan got 18 points from Olivier Mbaigoto but lost anyway, 58-52, to Eastern Michigan on Tuesday at EMU Convocation Center.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Buffalo are 3-7
After playing Akron are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Northern Illinois are 3-7
After playing Eastern Michigan are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Chippewas trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Central Michigan
Ball State is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Central Michigan is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Michigan's last 6 games when playing at home against Ball State
Central Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Central Michigan is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ball State

Next up:
Ball State home to Buffalo, Wednesday, January 23
Central Michigan home to Northern Illinois, Wednesday, January 23