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College Basketball Matchup - Eastern Michigan Eagles Ball State Cardinals Odds Preview

Ball State CardinalsEastern Michigan Eagles
Jan 9, 7:00 PM | EMU Convocation Center

Ball State Cardinals vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Odds

6-6TEAM RECORD7-7

The Eastern Michigan Eagles hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Ball State Cardinals pay a visit to EMU Convocation Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Eagles bring a 7-7 record (5-5 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-6 Cardinals, who are 4-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Eastern Michigan go 5-2 so far and the Cardinals go 3-3.

View Ball State vs Eastern Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Eastern Michigan in this one found them as 3.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Eagles at No. 173 and the Cardinals at No. 284 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 60-58 result in favor of the Cardinals.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cardinals rank No. 164 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.6 per game. That compares with Eastern Michigan’s No. 177 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Eastern Michigan is college basketball's No. 303-ranked team at 4.6 per game, while the Cardinals rate No. 270 with 5.1 per game.

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 293-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.8 points per game. Eastern Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 305 nationally in scoring at home.

Ball State won its last outing, a 62-61 result against Norfolk State on January 2. Ball State got 21 points from Jesse Berry en route to a 62-61 victory over Norfolk State on Wednesday at Worthen Arena.

Eastern Michigan was a 75-61 loser in its last match on the road against Massachusetts. They covered the 15.5-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Michigan got 12 points from J.R. Sims but lost anyway, 75-61, to Massachusetts on Saturday at Mullins Center.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 1-9
Before playing Kent State are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

Eastern Michigan Eagles Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Bowling Green are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cardinals at Eagles trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Eastern Michigan
Ball State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Ball State is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Eastern Michigan
Ball State is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Eastern Michigan is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Michigan's last 5 games when playing at home against Ball State
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Eastern Michigan's last 9 games when playing Ball State
Eastern Michigan is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Ball State

Next up:
Ball State home to Kent State, Saturday, January 12
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, Saturday, January 12