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Ball State Cardinals vs. Ohio Bobcats - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (5-10) at Ball State Cardinals (7-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Worthen Arena)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Ohio Bobcats will travel to John E. Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Wednesday night.

The Ohio Bobcats lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 5-10 (0-4 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Kent State Golden Flashes 69-59 this past Saturday. Ohio allowed Kent State to shoot 40.0% (8-10) from beyond the arc and lost the turnover battle by a 14-7 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Maurice Daly Ndour who had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ohio is ranked 256th in the RPI Standings and has played the 109th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Maurice Dalu Ndour (14.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 apg) and Javarez Willis (14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 67.6 ppg (ranked 178th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 204th). The Bobcats average 12.4 turnovers per game (ranked 125th) and average 10.9 apg (ranked 287th). Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg (ranked 273rd) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 156th). The Bobcats are grabbing 26.33 defensive rpg (ranked 47th) and 35.93 total rpg (ranked 130th).

Ball State Cardinals vs. Ohio Bobcats - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ball State Cardinals dropped to 7-8 (2-2 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Bowling Green Falcons 58-46 this past Saturday. Ball State shot only 32.7% from the field and 38.5% (5-13) from the free-throw line in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Zavier Turner who had 14 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Ball State is ranked 157th in the RPI Standings and have played the 77th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Zavier Turner (13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.1 spg) and Sean Sellers (12.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, Ball State is averaging 68.5 ppg (ranked 155th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 237th). The Cardinals are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 49th) on 36.8% three-point shooting (ranked 79th). Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 65.9 ppg (ranked 170th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 176th). The Cardinals have a turnover margin of -1.5 (ranked 278th) and grab 36.27 total rpg (ranked 112th).

The Bobcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games. The Cardinals are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Ohio has been a solid program over the past few years, but they’ve really struggled this year, especially on the defensive end.  Ball State has actually played better than expected have shot well beyond the arc throughout the year. Ohio does have some good size and a great player in Maurice Daly Ndour, but I believe the Ohio’s struggles will continue and that Ball State gets the cover at home in this one. 

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