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Ball State Cardinals take on Salukis in NCAA basketball test

Ball State CardinalsSouthern Illinois Salukis
2-6December 21, 2013, 03:05 | SIU Arena2-8

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Cardinals of Ball State hit the hard court against the Salukis of Southern Illinois.

The Salukis sit at 2-8 (3-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cardinals are currently 2-6 (3-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Southern Illinois is 3-4-1 OU, and Ball State is 3-3 OU.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Ball State before tip-off in this one found them as 6.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Salukis - Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Southern Illinois is rated No. 233 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ball State is at No. 232.

In their last action, Southern Illinois was a 73-65 loser on the road against Murray State. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. Desmar Jackson went off for 28 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Murray State handed Southern Illinois a 73-65 defeat at CFSB Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Southern Illinois's No. 208-ranked scoring average of 69.5 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 210 and allowing 75.38 PPG. The Salukis FG% has averaged 46.37% to date this season, more than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (39.95% per game).

A few Cardinals at Salukis trends to consider:
Ball State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Ball State is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Ball State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Southern Illinois is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ball State at James Madison, Monday, December 30th
Southern Illinois at SIU Edwardsville, Monday, December 23rd