Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ball State Cardinals - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State Cardinals (7-6) at Western Michigan Broncos (9-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos welcome the Ball State Cardinals to University Arena in Thursday MAC action.
The Ball State Cardinals have an offense and defense that is slightly above average which means both need to perform well for this team to be at their best. Things have certainly gone well in four consecutive victories with an 83-65 rout of visiting Central Michigan Saturday being one of their best efforts. A 40-29 second half run broke things open with the high scoring Chippewas hitting at 45% but only 8-27 on threes. The Cardinals scorched the bets at over 55% including 9-18 from beyond the arc to pull away. Zavier Turner pumped in a game high 21 points and posted five assists on 7-10 shooting with Jeremiah Davis III tossing in 14 points. Franko House added 13 points and five yanks while Sean Sellers and Matt Kamienicki combining for 21 points with Kamienicki grabbing ten rebounds.
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The name of the game for Western Michigan Michigan is to score as many points as possible and hope the defense comes up with enough stops to get the win. That strategy has worked well up to this point with an impressive 10-5 record. The Broncos have won four of five after downing a strong Buffalo squad 78-68 on Saturday as a two point favorite. The Bulls were held to 33% while the Broncos countered with 46% accuracy which equaled seven more field goals. Austin Richie led the scoring charge with 21 points followed by a 17 point, nine rebound and five assist effort from David Brown. Connar Tava and Tucker Haymond scored 12 points apiece and combined for 12 boards with the entire eight man rotation scoring.
The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Ball State are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games. Western Michigan are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mid-American and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The home team generally gets the job done here but these games are generally competitive so I'll take the points...