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Point spread favors Broncos in battle with Cardinals

Ball State CardinalsWestern Michigan Broncos
March 2, 7:00 PM | University Arena

Ball State Cardinals vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds

17-11TEAM RECORD17-11

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Wednesday when the Western Michigan Broncos try to run the Cardinals off the court at University Arena in college hoops action.

Western Michigan battles the Cardinals, currently sitting with a 17-11 mark (15-8-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 13-7 for the Broncos and 14-11 for the Cardinals.

View Ball State vs Western Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Cardinals listed as 4-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 155-rated Broncos and the No. 123-ranked Cardinals, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 72-71 result in favor of the Cardinals.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Michigan's No. 93 nationally ranked offense (72 points per game) against a Cardinals defense that sits as the No. 46 at 62.6 PPG. The Broncos have been averaging 44.3% from the field, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (44.8% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Ball State owns the country's No. 110-rated mark, allowing 68.5 points per game on the highway. Western Michigan, on the other hand, rates No. 101 in scoring at home.

Ball State was a 65-58 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Central Michigan. They covered the 2–point spread as favorites. The Cardinals grabbed a 65-58 win over the Chippewas on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from Jesse Berry at Rose Center.

Last time out for Western Michigan, they were an 87-60 winner as they battled Eastern Michigan on the road. They covered in the match as a 1-point favorite. Western Michigan cruised to victory on Sunday, running Eastern Michigan out of the gym and running up an 87-60 score at EMU Convocation Center.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Northern Illinois are 4-6
After playing Central Michigan are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Central Michigan are 7-3
After playing Eastern Michigan are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few Cardinals at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 6 games on the road
Ball State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ball State
Western Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Western Michigan's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Ball State home to Northern Illinois, Saturday, March 5
Western Michigan at Central Michigan, Saturday, March 5