Ball State Cardinals vs Bowling Green Falcons Prediction, 1/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Bowling Green Falcons
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Location: Stroh Center in Bowling Green, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Ball State (+6)
The Ball State Cardinals (4-5) go to Stroh Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Bowling Green Falcons (9-2). Bowling Green opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The O/U is set at 147.5.
Ball State comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 4-5 on the season. The Cardinals are hitting 31.0% from downtown (62 of 200) and 66.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 70.8 points per contest (214th in college basketball) while hitting 43.0% from the field. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a team are committing 18.2 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Ball State is collecting 34.9 boards per game and has accounted for 106 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 245th in college hoops in terms of passing. On defense, the Cardinals have forced 14.3 turnovers every game and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. The Cardinals defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.3% (243 of 548) and they relinquish 39.2 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 124th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 110 conceded this season. They are conceding 31.2% on shots from downtown and they rank 243rd in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (73.2).
The Ball State Cardinals faced the Buffalo Bulls and went home with a loss by a final score of 86-69 in their last game. Ball State wrapped up the contest having earned a 43.3% FG percentage (26 out of 60) and made 5 of their 17 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Cardinals buried 12 of their 17 shots for a rate of 70.6%. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 35 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 12 dimes for the game in addition to getting 6 steals and 4 blocked shots. Regarding defense, Ball State allowed 43.3% from the floor on 26 of 60 shooting. Buffalo earned 19 dimes and had 12 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Bulls pulled down 50 rebounds (23 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Buffalo finished 55.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of 20 shots. They converted 11 out of their 29 tries from beyond the arc.
K.J. Walton is a guy who was a major factor for the game. He racked up 17 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 34 mins and grabbed 7 rebounds. Walton shot 53.8% from the field and earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Cardinals was Luke Bumbalough. He totaled 2 boards and tallied 4 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the floor for the matchup via 4-of-10 (14 points). When this game wrapped up, Bumbalough was on the hardwood for 30 minutes.
Bowling Green has a record of 9-2 this year. The Falcons have committed 17.7 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 78.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 14.1 times per contest (137th in the country) and they are giving up possession 10.8 times per contest. Bowling Green has earned 921 points this year (83.7 per contest) and they snag 38.3 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Falcons are connecting on 45.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 147th in D-1. The Falcons on defense are ranked 226th in the country in PPG given up with 72.4. The Bowling Green defense concedes 32.8% from downtown (79 of 241) and their opponents are connecting on 63.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 13.3 dimes and 37.5 boards every game, ranking them 204th and 269th in those defensive categories. They are able to force 14.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the field (210th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Bowling Green Falcons took home the win by a final score of 93-65 against the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Falcons recorded 33 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards totaling 48 in this contest. They also rejected 4 shots while getting 6 steals in the game. The Chippewas committed 17 fouls for the contest which got the Falcons to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to bury 11 of them for a percentage of 64.7%. With respect to three-point attempts, Bowling Green converted 12 of their 29 tries (41.4%). When all was said and done, the Falcons went 35 out of 80 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.8%. The Falcons allowed the Chippewas to convert 18 of 60 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 30.0% in the matchup. They finished 18.8% from 3-point land by shooting 3 of 16 and ended up going 26 of 38 from the free throw line (68.4%). In the matter of how they attacked the glass, Bowling Green permitted Central Michigan to grab 44 in all (15 offensive).
Justin Turner ended up having an impact for the Falcons for this game. He buried 8 out of 20 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which gave him 24 points. Turner snagged 2 boards in his 33 mins played and tallied 8 dimes for the contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Bowling Green was Kaden Metheny. He notched 14 points in 29 minutes played by going 5 of 12 shooting for this game. Metheny ended the game having shot 41.7% from the field in addition to totaling 2 dimes and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Ball State (+6)
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