Ball State Cardinals vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 2/12/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Location: Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY
Alumni Arena is where the Buffalo Bulls (12-8) will try to defeat the Ball State Cardinals (11-12) on Saturday.
The Ball State Cardinals played Central Michigan and went home with a loss by a final score of 89-85 in their last contest. Ball State finished the contest with a 44.6% FG percentage (29 out of 65) and converted 9 of their 24 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Cardinals made 18 of 28 tries for a percentage of 64.3%. When discussing rebounding, they earned a total of 41 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 17 assists in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When it comes to defense, Ball State allowed their opponent to shoot 45.9% from the floor on 28 out of 61 shooting. Central Michigan earned 17 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. In addition, Central Michigan grabbed 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Central Michigan finished the game at 73.1% from the charity stripe by converting 19 of their 26 attempts. They knocked down 14 out of their 31 shots from beyond the arc. In the matter of personal fouls, the Cardinals left the arena with 20 and Central Michigan finished the game with 21 personal fouls.
Luke Bumbalough is a guy who had an impact for the game. He recorded 12 points on 4 out of 8 shooting. He played 40 mins and collected 1 rebound. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 5 assists.
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Ball State will take the court with a win-loss mark of 11-12 on the year. They are turning it over 13.8 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Ball State is pulling down 35.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 308 assists this year, which ranks 162nd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Cardinals are connecting on 36.8% on three-point attempts (203 of 552) and 68.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 75.3 points per contest (81st in college basketball) while connecting on 44.9% from the floor.
When they are on the defensive end, the Cardinals are forcing 12.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.7 fouls. They are surrendering 36.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 340th in college hoops in PPG allowed (77.3). The Cardinals are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.0% (623 of 1,384) and they concede 36.0 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 250th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 311 conceded for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Buffalo Bulls got the victory with a final of 102-64 against Eastern Michigan. When discussing team rebounding, Buffalo permitted Eastern Michigan to snag 24 in total (10 on the offensive side). They wrapped up this game 20.0% from 3-point land via 5 of 25 and finished the game at 11 out of 19 from the free throw line (57.9%). The Bulls allowed Eastern Michigan to convert 24 out of 64 tries from the field which had them shooting 37.5% for the game. Overall, the Bulls shot 43 for 75 from the floor which gave them a rate of 57.3%. Concerning 3-pointers, Buffalo converted 10 of their 22 attempts (45.5%). They were able to make 6 of those for a rate of 75.0%. Eastern Michigan earned 15 fouls in this matchup which got the Bulls to the free throw line for 8 shots. They also gave up possession 10 times, while getting 9 steals in this contest. The Bulls were able to corral 32 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for the contest.
Maceo Jack was important for the Bulls in the matchup. He accumulated 22 points in his 27 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 3 dimes in this matchup. He converted 8 of 11 in the game for a field goal rate of 72.7%, and had 9 rebounds.
Buffalo has a win-loss mark of 12-8 for the season. The Bulls commit 17.4 fouls per contest and they hit 71.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 15.3 times per game (54th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest. Buffalo has tallied 1,592 pts for the season (79.6 per game) and they collect 42.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Bulls are shooting 45.4% from the field, which is 109th in Division 1.
The Bulls on the defensive end are ranked 240th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 71.2. They are forcing 12.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the floor (109th in the nation). The Buffalo defense allows 29.7% on three-point shots (120 of 404) and their opponents are making 69.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 10.8 assists and 34.6 boards per game, which has them ranked 51st and 180th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Buffalo
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