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Eastern Michigan vs. Ball State - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ball State Cardinals (5-6) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (11-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Ball State Cardinals and Eastern Michigan Eagles meet Wednesday at the Convocation Center.

The Ball State Cardinals have split their last 10 games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Ball State is averaging 64.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting and is allowing 65 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Sean Sellers is averaging 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while Zavier Turner is averaging 11.4 points and 4.1 assists. Matt Kamieniecki is grabbing seven rebounds and Franko House is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. The Ball State Cardinals are a decent defensive team that’s forcing 13 turnovers and has allowed 65 or less points in six of their last eight games. Offensively, Ball State is shooting 72.4 percent from the free throw line and 37.7 percent from beyond the arc. Ball State is 0-5 SU this season on the road.

Eastern Michigan vs. Ball State - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles have won four of their last five games and play for the first time since Dec 28th. On the season, EMU is averaging 69.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.1 points on 36.5 percent shooting. Raven Lee is averaging 14.8 points on 49.6 percent shooting and Karrington Ward is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Mike Talley is dishing out four assists and Anali Okoloji is grabbing five rebounds. The Eastern Michigan Eagles rely on their length, as they’re averaging more than 41 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game. Offensively, EMU is shooting 72.3 percent from the free throw line and 31.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is forcing 13 turnovers and has allowed 66 or less points in five straight games.

The Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Eagles are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mid-American and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

Ball State has played its worst basketball of the season on the road. Meanwhile, Eastern Michigan is starting to find a groove and should outmatch the Cardinals on the glass. Look for the Eagles to win by double digits. 

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Eastern Michigan Eagles -12.5

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