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Ball State Cardinals take on Broncos in NCAA basketball test

Ball State CardinalsWestern Michigan Broncos
4-12January 26, 2014, 02:00 | University Arena10-7

The visiting Ball State Cardinals hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at University Arena against the Western Michigan Broncos.

The Cardinals will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 6-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Broncos are 7-7 ATS. Ball State is 7-6 on the totals; Western Michigan is 7-6.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Ball State before tip-off in this one found them as 12.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

This game puts the Broncos, most recently No. 263 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate No. 327 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Ball State, they were a 71-68 winner as they battled Buffalo at home. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. The Cardinals grabbed a 71-68 win over the Bulls on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from Jesse Berry at Worthen Arena.

Western Michigan was a 75-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Kent State. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. The Broncos grabbed a 75-59 win over the Golden Flashes on Thursday, behind an 18 -point effort from Shayne Whittington at Memorial Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Michigan's No. 161-ranked scoring average of 71.12 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 189 and allowing 72.56 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 44.88% to date this season, more than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (41.13% per game).

A few Cardinals at Broncos trends to consider:
Ball State is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
Ball State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Western Michigan
Western Michigan is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Western Michigan is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
Western Michigan is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Ball State
Western Michigan is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Ball State

Next up:
Ball State at Akron, Wednesday, January 29th
Western Michigan at Buffalo, Wednesday, January 29th