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Ball State Cardinals vs Akron Zips Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Akron ZipsBall State Cardinals
8-5January 08, 2014, 07:00 | Worthen Arena3-8

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Ball State vs Akron battle Wednesday at Worthen Arena as the Cardinals look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Cardinals are 3-8 overall and 4-5 ATS, while the Zips are 8-5 and 3-6 ATS. As for the totals, Ball State boasts a 4-4 on the OU, and Akron is 3-6.

View Akron Zips vs Ball State Cardinals Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -6.5-point favorites 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(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cardinals rated this week at No. 321 and the Zips sitting at No. 249.

In their last action, Akron was a 59-58 winner at home against Marshall. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. Akron got 12 points from Isaiah Johnson en route to a 59-58 victory over Marshall on Thursday at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Ball State won its last outing, a 94-58 result against Oakland City on January 3. The Cardinals blew out Oakland City on Friday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 94-58 win at Worthen Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Zips is ranked No. 171 in NCAA hoops at 35.15 per game. Contrast that with Ball State’s No. 125 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ball State is the No. 63-ranked team in the country at 7.45 per game, while Akron rates No. 54 at 7.54 per game.

A few Zips at Cardinals trends to consider:
Akron is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Akron is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Akron is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Akron is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Ball State
Ball State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Ball State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Akron
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Akron
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games when playing Akron

Next up:
Akron at Ohio, Sunday, January 12th
Ball State at Kent State, Saturday, January 11th