Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, 2/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Ball State Cardinals
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Location: Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-16) are on their way to Worthen Arena on Saturday where they will play the Ball State Cardinals (15-7).
The Eastern Michigan Eagles faced Ohio and earned the victory with a final of 90-79 in their last contest. Eastern Michigan walked away from the game with a 57.7% FG percentage (30 out of 52) and made 13 out of their 24 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Eagles buried 17 of 21 attempts for a percentage of 81.0%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they compiled 20 with 3 of them being offensive. They also recorded 16 assists for the contest while forcing 11 turnovers and earning 4 steals. When it comes to defense, Eastern Michigan allowed the other team to go 44.8% from the floor on 30 of 67 shooting. Ohio doled out 9 dimes and had 3 steals in this contest. On top of that, Ohio collected 34 boards (20 offensive, 14 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Ohio finished the game at 45.0% at the charity stripe by converting 9 of their 20 attempts. They also made 10 out of their 31 attempts from 3-point land. In the matter of fouls, the Eagles walked away with 18 and Ohio recorded 18 fouls.
Tyson Acuff is one player who came through for the matchup. He ended up walking away with 29 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 34 mins played and snagged 2 rebounds. He finished shooting 66.7% from the floor and also earned 6 assists.
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Eastern Michigan will play this game with a record of 6-16 for the year. They cough up possession 11.9 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Eastern Michigan is pulling down 31.6 boards per contest and is sitting with 218 assists on the season, which has them ranked 355th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Eagles are connecting on 32.3% on shots from distance (145 of 449) and 75.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 73.1 points per game (153rd in the country) while hitting 43.8% from the field.
On defense, the Eagles are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 17.2 personal fouls. They are 167th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 280 surrendered this season. The Eagles defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 48.6% (628 of 1,291) and they surrender 36.8 boards per contest as a unit. They surrender 34.4% from 3-point land while they are 360th in college hoops in opponents points per game (81.0).
When they last played, the Ball State Cardinals got the victory with a final of 69-60 against Bowling Green. When it comes to rebounding, Ball State permitted Bowling Green to grab 29 in all (4 on the offensive glass). They finished 36.4% from beyond the arc by shooting 4 of 11 and ended up shooting 10 out of 14 from the charity stripe (71.4%). The Cardinals allowed Bowling Green to knock down 23 out of 56 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.1% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Cardinals ended up shooting 23 for 46 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Ball State made 7 out of 18 tries (38.9%). They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 55.2%. Bowling Green committed 20 fouls for the contest which got the Cardinals to the charity stripe for 29 tries. They also gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while getting 5 steals for this game. The Cardinals collected 30 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for this contest.
Jarron Coleman pitched in for the Cardinals for this game. He converted 7 of 14 in this game for a rate of 50.0%, and totaled 6 rebounds. He earned 19 points in his 39 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes in the matchup.
Ball State has a mark of 15-7 this year. The Cardinals are committing 16.4 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 66.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 12.6 times per game (230th in D-1) and they are giving up possession 12.4 times per contest. Ball State has totaled 1,657 pts for the year (75.3 per game) and they collect 35.8 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Cardinals are shooting 46.8% from the field, which is 61st in the nation.
The Ball State defense gives up 36.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (152 of 412) and opponents are making 71.4% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 9.4 dimes and 32.9 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 11th and 104th in the country. The Cardinals on the defensive side of the court are 170th in the country in PPG given up with 68.9. They are forcing 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.3% from the field (180th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Eastern Michigan
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