Norfolk State Spartans take on Cardinals in NCAA basketball test
Norfolk State Spartans vs Ball State Cardinals Odds
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.
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.
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
Norfolk State home to Navy, Saturday, January 5
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, Wednesday, January 9