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Buffalo Bulls vs Ball State Cardinals Preview

Ball State CardinalsBuffalo Bulls
4-15February 05, 2014, 07:00 | Alumni Arena11-7

Buffalo looks to cover the Bulls-Cardinals pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 11-7 mark when they host Ball State in college basketball wagering action.

The Cardinals will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 7-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulls are 9-5 ATS. Ball State is 8-8 against the total, while Buffalo is 9-5 versus the number.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Buffalo Bulls Odds and Stats.

Buffalo opened as -14-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bulls rated this week at No. 72 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 261.

Last time out for Ball State, they were a 67-65 loser as they battled Northern Illinois at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. Ball State got 16 points from Chris Bond but lost anyway, 67-65, to Northern Illinois on Saturday at Worthen Arena.

Buffalo lost its last outing, a 74-68 result against Bowling Green on February 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Buffalo suffered a 74-68 loss against Bowling Green on Sunday, getting 17 points from Will Regan in a losing effort at Stroh Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Buffalo has the nation's No. 133-rated offensive output, at 71.94 PPG. The visiting Cardinals defense ranks No. 179 allowing on average 71.74 PPG. The Bulls FG% has averaged 43.24% so far, more than the Cardinals marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.1% per game.

A few Cardinals at Bulls trends to consider:
Ball State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Ball State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games
Ball State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Buffalo is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Buffalo is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Ball State home to Toledo, Saturday, February 8th
Buffalo at Central Michigan, Saturday, February 8th