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Marquette Golden Eagles battle vs Ball State Cardinals highlights college basketball odds menu

Ball State CardinalsMarquette Golden Eagles
2-5December 17, 2013, 09:00 | Bradley Center6-4

A key college battle sees the visiting Ball State Cardinals travelling to Marquette Tuesday to take on the Golden Eagles.

Marquette battles the Cardinals, currently sitting with a 2-5 mark (3-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-4 for the Golden Eagles and 2-3 for the Cardinals.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Marquette Golden Eagles Odds and Stats.

The Golden Eagles were listed as -20-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 50-rated Golden Eagles and the No. 232-ranked Cardinals, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Ball State, they were a 69-50 loser as they battled Valparaiso at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog. Ball State got 11 points from Mark Alstork but lost anyway, 69-50, to Valparaiso on Wednesday at Worthen Arena.

In their last action, Marquette was an 86-50 winner at home against IUPUI. They covered the 18.5-point spread as favorites. Marquette cruised to victory on Saturday, running IUPUI out of the gym and running up an 86-50 score at Bradley Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Marquette's No. 173-ranked scoring average of 71.8 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 188 and allowing 73.14 PPG. The Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 44.44% to date this season, more than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (40.21% per game).

A few Cardinals at Golden Eagles trends to consider:
Ball State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Ball State is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Ball State is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Marquette is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Marquette is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
Marquette is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Ball State at Southern Illinois, Saturday, December 21st
Marquette at New Mexico, Saturday, December 21st