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Cougars face Ball State Cardinals: NCAAB odds preview and stats

Chicago State CougarsBall State Cardinals
Dec 31, 2:00 PM | Worthen Arena

Chicago State Cougars vs Ball State Cardinals Odds


The visiting Cougars hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Worthen Arena against the Ball State Cardinals.

The Cardinals sport records of 6-4 and 3-3-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 0-13 and 0-0 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-5 for the Cardinals and 0-0 for the Cougars.

View Chicago State vs Ball State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cardinals sit at No. 134 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cougars sit at No. 335 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cardinals will win this game 73-39.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ball State's No. 266 nationally ranked offense (63.6 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 343 at 86.2 PPG. The Cardinals have been averaging 42.1% from the field, more than the Cougars have managed so far this season (37.7% on average).

Defensively, Chicago State features the nation's No. 342-rated defense on the road, allowing 88.1 points per game. Ball State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 281 nationally in scoring at home.

Chicago State lost its last outing, a 95-60 result against Cincinnati on December 23. Chicago State was crushed on Friday, getting blown out by Cincinnati and falling by a 95-60 score at Fifth Third Arena.

In their last action, Ball State was a 62-54 loser on the road against Morehead State. They failed to cover the 3.5–point spread as favorites. Tyrae Robinson scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Cardinals to a win (they lost 62-54 to Morehead State at Ellis Johnson Arena on Friday).

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Morehead State are 0-1
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cougars at Cardinals trends to consider:
Ball State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games
Ball State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Chicago State at Air Force, Friday, January 6
Ball State home to Florida A&M, Wednesday, January 4