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Chippewas vs Cardinals College Hoops Game Preview

Central Michigan ChippewasBall State Cardinals
Feb 29, 7:00 PM | Worthen Arena

Central Michigan Chippewas vs Ball State Cardinals Odds

9-19TEAM RECORD13-14

The Ball State Cardinals will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Chippewas at Worthen Arena in NCAAB action.

The Cardinals are 13-14 so far on the season, and 7-14-1 ATS vs. the number. The Chippewas, meanwhile, are 9-19 and 11-14-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Ball State go 9-13 and the Chippewas go 12-15 on the totals.

View Central Michigan vs Ball State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Ball State sat as 7.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 172 (Cardinals) and the No. 289 (Chippewas) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 65-58 result in favor of the Cardinals has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Chippewas is ranked No. 262 in NCAA hoops at 32.8 per game. Contrast that with Ball State’s No. 212 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ball State is the No. 162-ranked team in the country at 6.3 per game, while Central Michigan rates No. 168 at 6.2 per game.

Defensively, Central Michigan features the nation's No. 142-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.7 points per game. Ball State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 298 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Central Michigan, they were a 74-64 winner as they battled Northern Illinois at home. They earned a push in the match as a 10-point favorite. Central Michigan earned a 74-64 victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday, getting 19 points from Derek Jackson at McGuirk Arena.

In their last action, Ball State was a 61-50 loser on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. Jarrod Jones scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Cardinals to a win (they lost 61-50 to Eastern Michigan at EMU Convocation Center on Saturday).

Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Western Michigan are 6-4
After playing Northern Illinois are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Northern Illinois are 5-5
After playing Eastern Michigan are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

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

Next up:
Central Michigan home to Western Michigan, Friday, March 2
Ball State home to Northern Illinois, Saturday, March 3