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Ball State Cardinals face Toledo Rockets: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Ball State CardinalsToledo Rockets
4-20February 23, 2014, 06:00 | Savage Arena22-4

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Sunday when the Toledo Rockets try to run the Ball State Cardinals off the court at Savage Arena in college hoops action.

The Rockets bring a 22-4 record (9-11-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 4-20 Cardinals, who are 10-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Toledo go 13-8 so far and the Cardinals go 12-9.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Toledo Rockets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 16.5-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(.

This game puts the Rockets, most recently No. 83 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate No. 246 in the latest survey.

Ball State was a 101-95 loser in its last match on the road against Central Michigan. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Chris Bond scored 21 points and chipped in with 12 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 101-95 against Central Michigan in college basketball action at McGuirk Arena.

In their last action, Toledo was a 60-58 winner on the road against Bowling Green. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Toledo earned a 60-58 victory over Bowling Green on Thursday, getting 21 points from Julius Brown at Stroh Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Toledo's No. 14-ranked scoring average of 80.85 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 196 and allowing 73 PPG. The Rockets FG% has averaged 46.96% to date this season, more than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (40.02% per game).

A few Cardinals at Rockets trends to consider:
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 6 games
Ball State is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Toledo is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Toledo is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toledo's last 9 games
Toledo is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ball State home to Western Michigan, Wednesday, February 26th
Toledo at Northern Illinois, Wednesday, February 26th