Ball State Cardinals vs. Toledo Rockets - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (14-8) at Ball State Cardinals (7-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toledo Rockets will travel to John E. Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Toledo Rockets improved to 14-8 (6-3 MAC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 84-60, this past Wednesday. Toledo shot 51.9% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was J.D. Weatherspoon who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Toledo is ranked 91st in the RPI Standings and has played the 111th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Justin Drummond (12.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg). Toledo is averaging 74.9 ppg (ranked 34th) on 46.2% shooting (ranked 59th). The Rockets are shooting 36.8% from beyond the arc (ranked 75th) and 74.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 24th) Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 68.6 ppg (ranked 242nd) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 220th) The Rockers are pulling down 36.14 total rpg (ranked 96th) and have a rebound margin of 3.1 (ranked 93rd).
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The Ball State Cardinals dropped to 7-13 (2-7 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Buffalo Bulls, 82-78, this past Wednesday. Ball State shot 43.4% from the field and 36.0% (9-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Franko House who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Ball State is ranked 244th in the RPI Standings and has played the 110th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Sean Sellers (12.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Jeremie Tyler (12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 spg). Ball State is averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 174th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 213th). The Cardinals are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 34th) on 37.4% three-point shooting (ranked 54th). Ball State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg (ranked 214th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 258th). The Cardinals are averaging just 5.7 spg (ranked 247th) and pull down 34.6 total rpg (ranked 181st).
The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games however, just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win. The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Toledo looked impressive lately as they have won their last 4 games and put up 84 points against a tough Eastern Michigan defense. Ball State has really struggled on the defensive end this year and have lost their last 7 games. Ball State needs to rely on the three-pointer to have any chance in this game however, Toledo does a good job closing out on outside shooting (ranked 86th in opponents 3-point shooting %) and think their senior leadership will get them a big win on the road. Take Toledo to cover.