Saturday, February 25, 2017
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The Ball State Cardinals travel to University Arena to play the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The opening line for this game has Western Michigan as 3.5 point favorites.
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The Cardinals come into this game with an overall record of 18-10 and a road record of 6-5. They are 11-12 against the spread and their over/under record is 20-4. The Broncos have an overall record of 12-15 and a home record of 10-2. They have an over/under record of 15-9 and they are 16-8 against the spread.
Tayler Persons comes into this contest averaging 15.8 points per game while playing 29.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Cardinals. He pulls down 3.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is currently at 77%. Franko House averages 13.1 points per game in 25.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.4 assists per contest and 6.5 rebounds per game for Ball State. His field goal percentage is 54% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%.
Thomas Wilder averages 19.3 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest this year for the Broncos. He grabs 4.2 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Tucker Haymond averages 14.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 5 rebounds per contest and 2.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Ball State averages 79.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 40th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 3.4 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 62nd. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 86th in the country. They average 38.2 rebounds per game and 15.5 assists per game which ranks them 47th and 53rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 336th with 15.6 per game. The Cardinals allow 76.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 252nd in the nation. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 60th and 199th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.4 rebounds a game which ranks 181st and they give up 12 assists per contest which puts them in 76th place in the country. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 169th in Division 1.
Western Michigan averages 75.4 points per game this year which ranks them 110th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is -2.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 112th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 74th in the nation. They average 34 rebounds per game and 13 assists per contest which ranks them 248th and 204th respectively. In the turnover department the Broncos rank 94th with 12.3 per game. The Broncos allow 77.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 281st in the country. They also allow a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 343rd and 301st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 33.3 rebounds a game which ranks 80th and they give up 14.8 assists per contest which puts them in 278th place in the nation. The Broncos force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 159th in college basketball.
The Cardinals average 81.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 89.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 3 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 8.3 per contest. The Cardinals have an offensive rating of 107.8 and they assist on 57.6% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 72.8 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 54%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Ball State turns the ball over an average of 18.3 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 8.3% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.2% while their offensive rebound percentage is 31%. The Cardinals give up 78.5 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 81.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Broncos score 84.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 79.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 7.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 8.3 points per game. The Broncos have a rating on offense of 106.7 and 47.5% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 70.9 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 29% of their shots. Western Michigan turns it over an average of 15.1 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.5% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.1% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 32.2%. The Broncos give up 76.4 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 71.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Ball State Cardinals Betting Trends
The Ball State Cardinals are 11-12 against the spread
The Ball State Cardinals are 20-4 against the over/under
Western Michigan Broncos Betting Trends
The Western Michigan Broncos are 16-8 against the spread
The Western Michigan Broncos are 15-9 against the over/under
Ball State Cardinals Injuries
02/20/17 G Jeremie Tyler Suspension out indefinitely
Western Michigan Broncos Injuries
12/12/16 G Joeviair Kennedy Legal problems dismissed from team
11/30/16 G Ryan Wade Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Western Michigan -3.5
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