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Ball State Cardinals vs Central Michigan Chippewas Preview

Central Michigan ChippewasBall State Cardinals
10-17March 01, 2014, 02:00 | Worthen Arena4-22

A key college battle sees the visiting Central Michigan Chippewas travelling to Ball State Saturday to take on the Cardinals.

Ball State battles the Chippewas, currently sitting with a 10-17 mark (8-13-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 14-9 for the Cardinals and 14-10 for the Chippewas.

View Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Cardinals in this one found them listed as -3-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Chippewas was expected to move the line.

The Cardinals - Chippewas odds would favor the Chippewas if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Ball State is rated No. 255 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Central Michigan is at No. 188.

Ball State lost its last outing, an 88-81 result against Western Michigan on February 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Ball State suffered an 88-81 loss against Western Michigan on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Zavier Turner in a losing effort at Worthen Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ball State's No. 221 nationally ranked offense (65.96 points per game) against a Chippewas defense that sits as the No. 212 at 73.74 PPG. The Cardinals have been averaging 40.57% from the field, less than the Chippewas have managed so far this season (43.35% on average).

A few Chippewas at Cardinals trends to consider:
Central Michigan is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Central Michigan is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Central Michigan's last 8 games
Central Michigan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Ball State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Central Michigan home to Toledo, Tuesday, March 4th
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, Tuesday, March 4th