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College Basketball Matchup - Western Michigan Broncos Ball State Cardinals Odds Preview

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

Ball State Cardinals vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds

13-14TEAM RECORD18-10

The Western Michigan Broncos will be trying to slam the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday when the teams tip off at University Arena in college betting action.

Western Michigan will face the 13-14 Cardinals, who own a 12-12 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Broncos are 9-8-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cardinals are 12-8-1 favoring the OVER.

View Ball State vs Western Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Broncos as 10-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 90-ranked Broncos and the No. 249-rated Cardinals in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 69-63 win for the Broncos on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cardinals is ranked No. 125 in NCAA hoops at 35.8 per game. Contrast that with Western Michigan’s No. 48 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Michigan is the No. 260-ranked team in the country at 5.3 per game, while Ball State rates No. 194 at 5.9 per game.

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 193-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.4 points per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 151 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Ball State was an 86-72 winner on the road against Toledo. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Ball State got 28 points from Jauwan Scaife en route to an 86-72 victory over Toledo on Saturday at Savage Arena.

Last time out for Western Michigan, they were a 50-49 loser as they battled Eastern Michigan on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. Western Michigan suffered a 50-49 loss against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, getting 11 points from Shayne Whittington in a losing effort at EMU Convocation Center.

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

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Central Michigan are 6-4
After playing Eastern Michigan are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few Cardinals at Broncos trends to consider:
Ball State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Ball State is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Michigan's last 6 games when playing Ball State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Ball State home to Northern Illinois, Saturday, March 9
Western Michigan home to Central Michigan, Saturday, March 9