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Point spread favors Bobcats in battle with Cardinals

Ball State CardinalsOhio Bobcats
Jan 28, 11:00 AM | Ohio University Convocation Center

Ball State Cardinals vs Ohio Bobcats Odds


The Bobcats will try to cover the spread at Ohio University Convocation Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Ball State Cardinals in college basketball action.

The Cardinals will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-7-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Bobcats are 8-5 ATS. Ball State is 5-8 on the totals; Ohio is 5-8.

View Ball State vs Ohio Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Ohio in this one will find them as 9-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 83 (Bobcats) and the No. 162 (Cardinals) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 74-72 result in favor of the Bobcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cardinals is ranked No. 155 in NCAA hoops at 35.1 per game. Contrast that with Ohio’s No. 150 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Ohio is the No. 79-ranked team in the country at 7.2 per game, while Ball State rates No. 145 at 6.4 per game.

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 21-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.7 points per game. Ohio, meanwhile, comes in at No. 153 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Ball State, they were a 70-58 loser as they battled Akron at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. Jarrod Jones scored 25 points for Ball State on Tuesday, but the Zips managed a 70-58 victory over the Cardinals at Worthen Arena.

Ohio won its last outing, a 56-51 result against Western Michigan on January 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point favorite. D.J. Cooper scored 18 points leading the Bobcats to a 56-51 victory over Western Michigan at Ohio University Convocation Center on Wednesday.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Buffalo are 3-7
After playing Akron are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Ohio Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 0-10
Before playing Northern Illinois are 7-3
After playing Western Michigan are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Bobcats trends to consider:
Ball State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Ball State is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Ohio
Ball State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Ohio
Ohio is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games at home
Ohio is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Ball State
Ohio is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio's last 6 games

Next up:
Ball State at Buffalo, Wednesday, February 1
Ohio at Northern Illinois, Wednesday, February 1