Ball State Cardinals vs Toledo Rockets Prediction, 3/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Toledo Rockets
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Ball State (+8.5)
The Ball State Cardinals (10-12) are headed to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Thursday where they'll meet the Toledo Rockets (20-7). Ball State opens this matchup as 8.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 154.5.
Ball State will take the court with a win-loss record of 10-12 on the campaign. They turn it over 14.4 times per game and as a group they commit 18.9 personal fouls every game. As a team, Ball State is pulling in 36.5 rebounds per game and has 309 dimes so far this season, which is 157th in the country in terms of passing. The Cardinals are connecting on 34.1% on 3-point shots (185 of 542) and 74.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 74.1 points per outing (110th in D-1) while connecting on 44.4% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Cardinals are able to force 12.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 31.0% on 3-point shots and they rank 279th in the nation in points per game allowed (74.8). The Cardinals defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 43.0% (581 of 1,350) and they surrender 37.4 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 141st in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 276 relinquished for the season.
The Ball State Cardinals took the court against the Rockets and took a loss by a final of 89-70 in their last game. Ball State ended the contest with a 40.0% FG percentage (28 out of 70) and converted 7 out of their 32 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Cardinals converted 7 of 8 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. Regarding hauling in boards, they collected 36 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 15 dimes for this game in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 2 steals. In reference to defense, Ball State allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 32 of 64 shooting. Toledo distributed 17 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. Moreover, Toledo pulled down 37 rebounds (6 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Toledo ended up going 71.4% at the free throw line by burying 15 of 21 attempts. They also made 10 out of their 22 shots from beyond the arc.
Ishmael El-Amin is one player who was a factor for the contest. He racked up 22 points on 9 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins and collected 4 boards. El-Amin finished 52.9% from the field and earned 4 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Cardinals was Jarron Coleman. He grabbed 11 rebounds in 32 minutes on the basketball court. He finished shooting 30.8% from the field for the contest by going 4-of-13 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Coleman accounted for 5 assists.
Toledo has a mark of 20-7 this season. As an offense, the Rockets are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 94th in college basketball. Toledo has 2,196 points this season (81.3 per contest) and they collect 37.7 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.3 times per game (26th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.0 times per game. The Rockets commit 15.1 personal fouls per contest and they hit 78.5% from the free throw line. The Rockets on the defensive side of the court are 210th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 71.4. The Toledo defense surrenders 29.0% on three-point shots (201 of 693) and their opposition knocks down 72.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 12.3 assists and 37.0 boards per game, which is 120th and 273rd in the nation. They are forcing their opponents into 12.4 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.1% from the floor (117th in college hoops).
In their win over Ball State, the Rockets were able to corral 31 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while earning 5 steals in this game. The Cardinals had 20 fouls in this matchup which took the Rockets to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 71.4%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Toledo converted 10 of 22 attempts (45.5%). Overall, the Rockets went 32 out of 64 from the floor which had them sitting at 50.0%. The Rockets allowed the Cardinals to make 28 out of their 70 attempts from the field which had them shooting 40.0% for the contest. They shot 21.9% from downtown by going 7 of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 8 from the free throw line (87.5%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Toledo permitted Ball State to collect 36 in total (9 offensive).
Marreon Jackson was important for the Rockets in the game. He knocked down 8 out of 16 for the contest for a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 13 rebounds. Jackson earned 22 points in his 33 minutes on the court and added 10 assists for the contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Toledo was Setric Millner. He wrapped the game up with 2 dimes in 33 minutes played, and he shot 7 of 15 from the floor. Millner wrapped this one up going 46.7% from the field and also collecting 19 points and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Ball State (+8.5)
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