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Cardinals open as college hoops underdog vs Zips

Ball State CardinalsAkron Zips
4-13January 29, 2014, 07:00 | James A. Rhodes Arena13-6

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Ball State when they take on the Akron Zips on Wednesday in college hoops betting action.

The Cardinals will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 7-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Zips are 6-9 ATS. Ball State is 7-7 on the totals; Akron is 7-8.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Zips in this one found them listed as -13.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Wednesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Cardinals was expected to move the line.

The Zips - Cardinals odds would favor the Zips if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Akron is rated No. 186 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ball State is at No. 303.

Ball State was a 62-53 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Western Michigan. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs. The Cardinals endured a 62-53 loss at the hands of the Broncos on Sunday, despite a 13-point effort from Majok Majok at University Arena.

Akron was an 82-74 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Central Michigan. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Quincy Diggs scored 19 points leading the Zips to an 82-74 victory over Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Akron's No. 177 nationally ranked offense (70.32 points per game) against a Cardinals defense that sits as the No. 179 at 71.94 PPG. The Zips have been averaging 43.43% from the field, more than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (40.5% on average).

A few Cardinals at Zips trends to consider:
Ball State is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
Ball State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Akron
Akron is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Akron's last 6 games
Akron is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Akron is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Ball State

Next up:
Ball State home to Northern Illinois, Saturday, February 1st
Akron at Kent State, Saturday, February 1st