Ball State Cardinals vs Ohio Bobcats Prediction, 3/10/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Ohio Bobcats
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH
The Ohio Bobcats (23-8) will try to beat the Ball State Cardinals (14-16) at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Thursday.
The Ball State Cardinals stepped onto the hardwood against Western Michigan and took home the win by a score of 64-63 in their last contest. Ball State wrapped up the game having earned a 42.3% FG percentage (22 of 52) and converted 7 of their 25 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Cardinals converted 13 of their 19 shots for a rate of 68.4%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 36 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 12 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When discussing the defense, Ball State allowed their opponent to shoot 41.1% from the field on 23 out of 56 shooting. Western Michigan totaled 13 dimes and had 9 steals for this game. Additionally, Western Michigan had 30 boards (6 offensive, 24 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Western Michigan finished the contest at 61.5% when shooting free throws by converting 8 of their 13 tries. They buried 9 out of their 29 shots from three-point range. In regard to fouls, the Cardinals ended up finishing with 16 while Western Michigan recorded 16 fouls.
Jaylin Sellers is a player who came through for this game. He ended up with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 25 minutes played and also totaled 5 rebounds. He walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the floor and also recorded 1 assist.
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Ball State will enter this matchup with a mark of 14-16 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.9 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Ball State is pulling in 35.6 boards per contest and has earned 400 dimes this season, which has them ranked 171st in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Cardinals are shooting 36.2% on 3-pointers (256 of 708) and 69.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 74.6 pts per game (87th in college hoops) while shooting 44.5% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Cardinals are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.7 personal fouls. They rank 233rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 402 surrendered for the year. The Cardinals are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.5% (803 of 1,803) and they surrender 35.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They are giving up 35.9% from 3-point land and they rank 330th in D-1 in PPG allowed (76.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Ohio Bobcats took a loss by a final score of 58-57 when they played Northern Illinois. The Bobcats recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards for a total of 28 for the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. Northern Illinois committed 21 personal fouls in this contest which took the Bobcats to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They were able to make 16 of them for a percentage of 84.2%. With regard to 3-point shots, Ohio knocked down 7 of their 25 tries (28.0%). In all, the Bobcats finished the game shooting 17 out of 51 from the floor which had them sitting at 33.3%. The Bobcats allowed Northern Illinois to make 22 out of their 51 tries from the field which left them shooting 43.1% for this game. They finished the game shooting 17.6% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 3 of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 14 at the free throw line (78.6%). In reference to team rebounding, Ohio allowed Northern Illinois to grab 38 overall (6 offensive).
Mark Sears ended up being a major contributor for the Bobcats for the game. He racked up 19 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and had 8 assists in this matchup. He buried 5 out of 13 for this contest for a field goal rate of 38.5%, and accumulated 8 rebounds.
Ohio has a record of 23-8 for the season. As an offensive unit, the Bobcats are hitting on 43.1% from the floor, which is ranked 239th in college basketball. Ohio has tallied 2,302 points on the year (74.3 per contest) and they pull in 34.0 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 13.1 times per game (170th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.5 times per contest. The Bobcats have committed 14.3 fouls per contest and they go 73.7% from the charity stripe.
The Ohio defense allows 31.1% on 3-point attempts (204 of 655) and opponents are connecting on 76.3% of their foul shots. They relinquish 11.2 dimes and 34.7 boards per contest, which ranks 66th and 191st in D-1. The Bobcats on the defensive end are ranked 129th in college hoops in PPG given up with 67.4. They are forcing 14.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.3% from the floor (242nd in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Ball State
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