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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Vikings over Cardinals

Ball State CardinalsCleveland State Vikings
2-3November 30, 2013, 07:00 | Wolstein Center3-3

The Cleveland State Vikings will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Ball State Cardinals at Wolstein Center in NCAA basketball action.

This season, the Vikings are 3-3 overall and 3-2 ATS, while the Cardinals are 2-3 and 3-1 ATS. As for the totals, Cleveland State boasts a 2-2 on the OU, and Ball State is 2-1.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Cleveland State Vikings Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Cleveland State sat as -9-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Vikings rated this week at No. 118 and the Cardinals sitting at No. 116.

In their last action, Ball State was an 88-69 loser on the road against Utah. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. The Cardinals endured an 88-69 loss at the hands of the Utes on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Zavier Turner at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

In their last action, Cleveland State was a 68-61 loser on the road against Kentucky. They covered the 24-point spread as underdogs. The Vikings endured a 68-61 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Monday, despite a 22-point effort from Bryn Forbes at Rupp Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Cleveland State's No. 115-rated squad against Ball State's No. 97-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Cleveland State rates No. 78 in the country with 7.17 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 53 nationally with 7.8 per match.

A few Cardinals at Vikings trends to consider:
Ball State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Ball State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Ball State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Ball State is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Cleveland State is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
Ball State home to Valparaiso, Wednesday, December 4th
Cleveland State at Drexel, Wednesday, December 4th