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Jaguars open as college hoops underdog vs Cardinals

IUPUI JaguarsBall State Cardinals
Dec 23, 2:00 PM | Worthen Arena

IUPUI Jaguars vs Ball State Cardinals Odds


The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Ball State and IUPUI on Sunday, with the host Cardinals trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Cardinals sport records of 5-5 and 4-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Jaguars have 4-10 and 1-10 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-3 for the Cardinals and 4-3 for the Jaguars.

View IUPUI vs Ball State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 9.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 214-ranked Cardinals and the No. 326-rated Jaguars in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 66-60 win for the Cardinals on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Ball State's No. 264-ranked scoring average of 63.5 PPG, against a Jaguars defense rated No. 324 and allowing 76 PPG. The Cardinals FG% has averaged 40.3% to date this season, less than the Jaguars shooters have managed so far (43% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, IUPUI owns the country's No. 334-rated mark, allowing 82.1 points per game on the highway. Ball State, on the other hand, rates No. 287 in scoring at home.

Last time out for IUPUI, they were an 89-69 loser as they battled Valparaiso on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 18-point underdog. IUPUI was crushed on Thursday, getting blown out by Valparaiso and falling by an 89-69 score at Athletics-Recreation Center.

Ball State was a 66-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Purdue. They covered the 15.5-point spread as underdogs. The Cardinals got 22 points from Jesse Berry, but it was Purdue that prevailed in a 66-56 final on Tuesday at Mackey Arena.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
After playing Purdue are 2-2
After a loss are 3-7

A few Jaguars at Cardinals trends to consider:
Ball State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home
Ball State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing IUPUI
Ball State is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games

Next up:
IUPUI home to IUPU Fort Wayne, Thursday, December 27
Ball State home to Norfolk State, Wednesday, January 2