Ball State vs. Indiana State - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana State Sycamores (3-4) at Ball State Cardinals (2-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana State Sycamores and Ball State Cardinals play Saturday at the John E. Worthen Arena.
The Indiana State Sycamores have lost three straight games and will play their second true road game. On the season, Indiana State is averaging 64.6 points on 38 percent shooting and is allowing 70.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Devonte Brown is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while Khristian Smith is averaging 12 points and 4.7 rebounds. Brenton Scott is shooting 41.2 percent from the field and Jake Kitchell is averaging five rebounds per game. The Indiana State Sycamores are nothing like they were last season, struggling mightily on the offensive end, which includes 27.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Defensively, Indiana State 14.3 turnovers and have allowed 149 points in its last two games. Indiana State desperately needs a confidence boosting win.
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The Ball State Cardinals have split their last four games and need to show some consistency. On the season, Ball State is averaging 70.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 67 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Sean Sellers is averaging 16.4 points on 54.3 percent shooting and Zavier Turner is averaging 15 points and 3.3 assists. Jeremie Tyler is the third Ball State player averaging double-digit points and Matt Kamieniecki is grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game. The Ball State Cardinals are one of the better shooting teams in the country, knocking down 72.6 percent from the free throw line and 43.1 percent from three. Defensively, Ball State is forcing 14.5 turnovers and has allowed 62 or less points in three of its last four games.
The Sycamores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 16-35 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 vs. Missouri Valley and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Sycamores are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Ball State and the underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Indiana State looks like a team that's on the decline and hasn't shown signs of turning things around. I'll take a decent Ball State team at home for the small chalk.