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Ball State vs. Central Michigan - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (11-1) at Ball State Cardinals (6-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm (Worthen Arena)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Central Michigan Chippewas and Ball State Cardinals play Saturday at the John E. Worthen Arena.

The Central Michigan Chippewas have won six straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Central Michigan is averaging 78.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.6 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Chris Fowler is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 assists while John Simons is averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Braylon Rayson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Rayshawn Simmons is dishing 4.5 assists. The Central Michigan Chippewas are one of the top offensive teams in the country with eight players averaging at least 6.2 points while they’re shooting 73.9 percent from the line and 40.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Central Michigan is forcing 12.1 turnovers and has allowed 62 or less points in four of its last six games.

Ball State vs. Central Michigan - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ball State Cardinals have split their first 12 games and look for their second conference win. On the season, Ball State is averaging 64 points on 39.3 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Sean Sellers is averaging 12.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while Zavier Turner is averaging 11.4 points and 4.1 assists. Matt Kamieniecki is grabbing 7.6 rebounds and Franko House is shooting 46.3 percent from the field. The Ball State Cardinals are a defensive team first that’s holding teams to 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 65 or less points in seven of its last nine games. Offensively, Ball State is shooting 71.3 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from downtown. Ball State is 5-1 SU this season on its home court.

The Chippewas are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chippewas are 1-9-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Ball State and 1-7-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.

The Central Michigan Chippewas are solid offensively but Ball State has been money on its home court. I'll take the Cards and the points here. 

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Ball State Cardinals +3.5

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