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Cardinals visit Western Michigan Broncos in college basketball clash

Ball State CardinalsWestern Michigan Broncos
March 5, 7:00 PM | University Arena

Ball State Cardinals vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds

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A key college battle sees the visiting Cardinals travelling to Western Michigan Monday to take on the Broncos on Monday.

This game is part of the MAC Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings.

Supporters of the Cardinals have watched them go 15-14 and 8-15-1 ATS on the year, while the Broncos are at 12-19 and 13-15 ATS. In totals betting, the Broncos are 16-12, while the Cardinals have a 9-14-1 mark.

View Ball State vs Western Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Broncos as 4.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Broncos, most recently No. 85 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate No. 172 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 69-64 victory for the Cardinals.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Western Michigan's No. 36-rated squad against Ball State's No. 197-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Western Michigan rates No. 186 in the country with 6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 153 nationally with 6.3 per match.

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 41-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.8 points per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 254 nationally in scoring at home.

Ball State won its last outing, a 62-51 result against Northern Illinois on March 3. They failed to cover in that game as a 13.5-point favorite. Ball State got 19 points from Jesse Berry en route to a 62-51 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday at Worthen Arena.

Western Michigan was a 76-70 loser in its last match on the road against Central Michigan. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Western Michigan suffered a 76-70 loss against Central Michigan on Friday, getting 15 points from Flenard Whitfield in a losing effort at McGuirk Arena.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
After playing Northern Illinois are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
After playing Central Michigan are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cardinals at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Ball State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Ball State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 7 games when playing Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Michigan's last 6 games
Western Michigan is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home