NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cardinals underdogs vs Bulldogs at Butler
Ball State Cardinals vs Butler Bulldogs Odds
Hinkle Fieldhouse features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Butler Bulldogs and the visiting Ball State Cardinals in college hoops action on Saturday.
Butler battles the Cardinals, currently sitting with a 2-3 mark (0-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-1 for the Bulldogs and 2-0 for the Cardinals.
The visitors opened as 15.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs - Cardinals odds would favor the Bulldogs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Butler is rated No. 18 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ball State is at No. 338. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 71-60 win for the Bulldogs.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Butler has the nation's No. 117-rated offensive output, at 72.2 PPG. The visiting Cardinals defense ranks No. 250 allowing on average 70 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 45.6% so far, more than the Cardinals marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.2% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Ball State owns the country's No. 349-rated mark, allowing 101 points per game on the highway. Butler, on the other hand, rates No. 33 in scoring at home.
Ball State lost its last outing, a 69-63 result against Cleveland State on November 28. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. Jesse Berry went off for 28 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Cleveland State handed Ball State a 69-63 defeat at Worthen Arena.
Butler was a 97-73 winner in its last match at home against Hanover. The battle between the Bulldogs and Panthers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Hanover was handed a 97-73 defeat on Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8
Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing IUPUI are 3-0
After a win are 5-5
A few Cardinals at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 6 games on the road
Ball State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Butler
Ball State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ball State
Butler is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Butler is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Ball State
Butler is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Ball State
Ball State home to Holy Cross College, Wednesday, December 5
Butler home to IUPUI, Wednesday, December 5