NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cardinals underdogs vs Boilermakers at Purdue

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Dec 18, 7:00 PM | Mackey Arena

Ball State Cardinals vs Purdue Boilermakers Odds

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The Purdue Boilermakers will be trying to slam the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday when the teams tip off at Mackey Arena in college betting action.

This season, the Boilermakers are 4-6 overall and 4-6 ATS ATS, while the Cardinals are 5-4 and 3-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Purdue boasts a 4-6 on the OU, and Ball State is 3-2.

View Ball State vs Purdue Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Ball State before tip-off in this one found them as 15.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Boilermakers sit at No. 29 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at No. 214 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Boilermakers will win this game 70-63.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cardinals is ranked No. 109 in NCAA hoops at 37.1 per game. Contrast that with Purdue’s No. 10 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Purdue is the No. 307-ranked team in the country at 4.3 per game, while Ball State rates No. 313 at 4.2 per game.

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 316-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.3 points per game. Purdue, meanwhile, comes in at No. 239 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Ball State, they were an 80-73 winner as they battled South Dakota on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. The Cardinals grabbed an 80-73 win over the Coyotes on Saturday, behind a 22-point effort from Jesse Berry at DakotaDome.

Purdue was an 81-68 loser in its last match at home against Notre Dame. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Notre Dame earned an 81-68 victory over Purdue on Saturday, getting 18 points from Jack Cooley at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing IUPUI are 2-5
After playing South Dakota are 1-0
After a win are 5-5

Purdue Boilermakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing William & Mary are 0-1
After a loss are 7-3

A few Cardinals at Boilermakers trends to consider:
Ball State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Ball State is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Purdue's last 5 games at home
Purdue is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Purdue is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ball State home to IUPUI, Sunday, December 23
Purdue home to William & Mary, Saturday, December 29

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