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College Insider Tournament - Ball State Cardinals vs Columbia Lions College Basketball Betting Preview

The Columbia Lions will try to cover the point spread at Levien Gym on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Ball State Cardinals in NCAA basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Ball State Cardinals opened as 7-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Ball State Cardinals vs Columbia Lions Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Ball State Cardinals have watched them go 21-13 and 12-16 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Columbia Lions are at 22-10 and 11-11-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Columbia Lions are 13-9-1, while the Ball State Cardinals have a 16-12 mark.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Columbia Lions rated this week at No. 65 and the Ball State Cardinals sitting at No. 96.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Columbia has the nation's No. 77-rated offensive output, at 76.5 PPG. The visiting Ball State Cardinals defense ranks No. 47 allowing on average 66.74 PPG. The Lions FG% has averaged 45.45% so far, more than the Columbia Cardinals marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.35% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cardinals got 17 points from Sean Sellers as Ball State ran past Tennessee-Martin 83-80 on Sunday at Worthen Arena.

Columbia cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Norfolk State out of the gym and running up a 86-54 score at Levien Gym.

Betting Trends
  • Ball State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 7 games
  • Ball State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Ball State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Columbia is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Columbia is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbia's last 6 games
  • Columbia is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home