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MAC Tournament - NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cardinals underdogs vs Bobcats at Ohio

Ball State CardinalsOhio Bobcats
5-24March 10, 2014, 07:00 | Ohio University Convocation Center21-10

Ball State pays a visit to Ohio on Monday, hoping to send the Bobcats to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Ohio University Convocation Center.

The Bobcats currently sports a 21-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 13-12 ATS. The Cardinals are 5-24 and 12-15 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bobcats produce a 12-11-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cardinals have gone 17-9 against the number.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Ohio Bobcats Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 13-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(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bobcats rated this week at No. 181 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 257.

Ball State lost its last outing, a 70-56 result against Northern Illinois on March 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point underdog. Ball State got 19 points from Franko House but lost anyway, 70-56, to Northern Illinois on Saturday at NIU Convocation Center.

Ohio was an 82-76 winner in its last match on the road against Miami (Ohio). They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Ohio earned an 82-76 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, getting 15 points from Javarez Willis at Millett Hall.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ohio's No. 128-ranked offense, averaging 71.65 PPG, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 209 at 73.72 PPG. The Bobcats field goal percentage has averaged 45.7% so far, more than the Cardinals marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.56% per game.