Ball State Cardinals vs Miami RedHawks Prediction, 1/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Miami RedHawks
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Location: Millett Hall in Oxford, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Ball State (-3.5)
The Miami RedHawks (4-4) host the Ball State Cardinals (6-5) at Millett Hall on Tuesday. The line on this matchup has Ball State as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 137.5.
Ball State enters this contest with a win-loss record of 6-5 on the season. The Cardinals are shooting 33.2% on 3-pointers (82 of 247) and 68.3% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 73.0 points per outing (160th in the country) while going 44.4% from the field. They cough up possession 12.9 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.8 fouls per contest. As a unit, Ball State is collecting 35.6 rebounds per game and has earned 135 assists this year, which is 227th in the country in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Cardinals are able to force 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. They are 135th in D-1 in giving up assists with 133 conceded so far this season. The Cardinals are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 43.0% (286 of 665) and they relinquish 37.8 boards per contest as a team. They are giving up 30.5% from 3-point land and they rank 199th in D-1 in points per game allowed (71.0).
The Ball State Cardinals took the court against the Northern Illinois Huskies and walked away with a win by a score of 78-58 in their last contest. Ball State ended the game with a 46.4% field goal percentage (26 of 56) and converted 8 of their 21 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Cardinals converted 18 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. When talking about pulling down boards, they earned 36 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 13 dimes in the matchup as well as earning 8 steals and 5 blocks. Regarding defending, Ball State let their opponent shoot 46.4% from the field on 26 of 56 shooting. Northern Illinois distributed 13 assists and had 4 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Huskies grabbed 34 boards (11 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Northern Illinois ended up going 75.0% from the charity stripe by burying 6 of 8 tries. They also knocked down 8 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
Miryne Thomas is a player who came through in the matchup. He ended up walking away with 20 points on 6 of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 22 mins played and totaled 7 rebounds. Thomas walked away from this one shooting 85.7% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Cardinals was Luke Bumbalough. He had 3 rebounds and also tallied 3 dimes. He ended up going 50.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 3-of-6 (11 points). Overall, Bumbalough saw the court for 28 minutes.
Miami has a mark of 4-4 for the season. The RedHawks commit 16.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 72.4% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 11.5 times per game (287th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 10.3 times per game. Miami has earned 535 pts on the year (66.9 per contest) and they pull down 32.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the RedHawks are hitting on 41.7% from the field, which ranks them 288th in the country. The RedHawks on defense are ranked 152nd in the nation in PPG surrendered with 69.3. They have conceded 14.6 dimes and 35.9 rebounds every game, which ranks them 273rd and 213th in D-1. The Miami defense concedes 35.0% from downtown (64 of 183) and their opposition makes 66.1% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.2% from the field (287th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Miami RedHawks took a loss by a score of 78-61 when they faced the Ohio Bobcats. The RedHawks pulled down 18 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 26 for the contest. They also blocked 2 attempts while earning 5 steals in this matchup. The Bobcats committed 12 fouls in this game which got the RedHawks to the charity stripe for a total of 10 attempts. They were able to make 7 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.0%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Miami knocked down 8 out of 23 attempts (34.8%). When the final whistle blew, the RedHawks walked away from this one shooting 23 out of 57 from the field which gave them a rate of 40.4%. The RedHawks allowed the Bobcats to convert 31 of their 54 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.4% in the game. They finished the game shooting 47.8% from beyond the perimeter by going 11 of 23 and finished the contest at 5 of 5 at the charity stripe (100.0%). When discussing team rebounding, Miami allowed Ohio to get 28 in all (3 offensive).
Dalonte Brown ended up being a factor for the RedHawks in this contest. He converted 4 of 8 in this matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 16 points. Brown pulled down 5 rebounds in his 31 mins and tallied 2 assists in this contest. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Miami was Mekhi Lairy. He scored 15 points in his 34 minutes played by going 6 of 11 from the floor for this contest. Lairy ended the game having shot 54.5% from the floor in addition to contributing 5 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Ball State (-3.5)
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