Ball State Cardinals vs Central Michigan Chippewas Prediction, 2/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Central Michigan Chippewas
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Location: McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Ball State (-4.5)
The Central Michigan Chippewas (6-12) play the Ball State Cardinals (7-9) at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday. The line on this matchup has Ball State as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 147.5.
Ball State heads into this contest with a record of 7-9 this year. They average 70.8 points per game (204th in Division 1) while shooting 42.4% from the floor. The Cardinals are connecting on 33.4% on 3-point shots (128 of 383) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Ball State is snagging 36.3 boards per game and is sitting with 204 assists this season, which is 200th in college hoops in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.9 fouls per game. On defense, the Cardinals are forcing 13.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.4 fouls. They give up 29.9% on 3-point attempts and they are 244th in D-1 in opponents points per game (72.9). The Cardinals defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 42.5% (411 of 967) and they concede 38.6 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 158th in college basketball in giving up assists with 199 surrendered for the campaign.
The Ball State Cardinals played the Toledo Rockets and earned the victory with a final of 81-67 in their last game. Ball State finished the game having earned a 40.3% FG percentage (27 of 67) and converted 15 of their 37 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Cardinals knocked down 12 of 16 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 43 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 dimes in this matchup in addition to getting 4 steals and 2 blocks. With regard to the defense, Ball State allowed their opponent to shoot 40.3% from the field on 27 of 67 shooting. Toledo distributed 10 dimes and had 7 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Rockets collected 36 rebounds (7 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Toledo went 84.2% at the charity stripe by converting 16 of 19 shots. They converted 7 of 32 shots from long range.
Jarron Coleman is someone who had an impact for this game. He accounted for 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 32 minutes and also grabbed 9 boards. Coleman finished 50.0% from the field and totaled 4 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in this game for the Cardinals was Luke Bumbalough. He snagged 3 rebounds and totaled 4 dimes. He finished the game shooting 41.7% from the floor in the matchup by shooting 5-of-12 (14 points). When the game finished, Bumbalough played for 34 min.
Central Michigan has a mark of 6-12 so far this season. The Chippewas have committed 17.3 fouls every game and they hit 65.5% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 10.8 times per game (317th in Division 1) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per game. Central Michigan has tallied 1,393 points so far this year (77.4 per game) and they grab 37.3 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Chippewas are hitting on 44.9% from the floor, which is 152nd in the country. The Chippewas on the defensive side of the court are 315th in Division 1 in points given up per game with 77.7. They relinquish 15.4 assists and 38.5 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 308th and 306th in D-1. The Central Michigan defense gives up 32.3% on shots from 3-point land (148 of 458) and opponents are knocking down 73.9% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.8% from the field (241st in D-1).
In their last game, the Central Michigan Chippewas went home defeated by a final of 67-65 against the Western Michigan Broncos. The Chippewas were able to collect 21 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 28 for this game. They also stuffed 2 tries while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Broncos were called for 17 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Chippewas to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to convert 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.7%. Pertaining to shooting from beyond the arc, Central Michigan knocked down 3 of 16 attempts (18.8%). When the game finished, the Chippewas finished shooting 24 out of 47 from the field which had them sitting at 51.1%. The Chippewas allowed the Broncos to knock down 25 out of their 58 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 43.1% for this game. They shot 34.6% from beyond the perimeter via 9 of 26 and finished the game at 8 of 11 from the free throw line (72.7%). With respect to rebounds, Central Michigan permitted Western Michigan to grab 32 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Travon Broadway ended up having an impact for the Chippewas in the matchup. He knocked down 10 out of 15 for this game for a rate of 66.7%, which gave him 29 points. Broadway grabbed 5 rebounds in his 38 mins and totaled 2 assists for this game. An additional guy that played a role for Central Michigan was Caleb Huffman. He racked up 11 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood via 5 of 12 shooting for this contest. Huffman walked away from this one going 41.7% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Ball State (-4.5)
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