Norfolk State Spartans take on Cardinals in NCAA basketball test

Norfolk State SpartansBall State Cardinals
Jan 2, 7:00 PM | Worthen Arena

Norfolk State Spartans vs Ball State Cardinals Odds

6-9TEAM RECORD5-6

The Ball State Cardinals hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Norfolk State Spartans pay a visit to Worthen Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

Ball State battles the Spartans, currently sitting with a 6-9 mark (0-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-3 for the Cardinals and 0-0 for the Spartans.

View Norfolk State vs Ball State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 261-rated Cardinals and the No. 191-ranked Spartans, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 63-62 result in favor of the Cardinals.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Ball State has the nation's No. 260-rated offensive output, at 63.9 PPG. The visiting Spartans defense ranks No. 257 allowing on average 70.1 PPG. The Cardinals FG% has averaged 40.9% so far, more than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.6% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Norfolk State owns the country's No. 156-rated mark, allowing 69.8 points per game on the highway. Ball State, on the other hand, rates No. 283 in scoring at home.

Norfolk State lost its last outing, a 74-63 result against East Carolina on December 29. The Spartans endured a 74-63 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Saturday, despite a 15-point effort from Pendarvis Williams at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Ball State lost its last outing, a 77-68 result against IUPUI on December 23. They failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. The Cardinals endured a 77-68 loss at the hands of the Jaguars on Sunday, despite a 21-point effort from Jauwan Scaife at Worthen Arena.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Eastern Michigan are 4-6
After playing IUPUI are 3-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Spartans at Cardinals trends to consider:
Ball State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Ball State is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Norfolk State home to Navy, Saturday, January 5
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, Wednesday, January 9

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