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Ball State Cardinals vs. Pepperdine Waves - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pepperdine Waves (5-4) at Ball State Cardinals (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Worthen Arena)

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

TV: ESPN 3

The Pepperdine Waves will travel to play the Ball State Cardinals in a non-conference game on Saturday.

The Ball State Cardinals are 7-2 this season and are coming off of a win against New Orleans by a score of 66-52. Ball State used a 13-4 run in the second half to pull ahead for the victory. Jeremiah Davis led Ball State with 13 points and 4 rebounds in this game. Bo Calhoun added 4 points and 12 rebounds for Ball State. Ball State out rebounded their opponent by a total of 37-33 and had 12 assists in their victory. Ball State is averaging 71.4 points per game while giving up 61.8 points per game. Ball State is also averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 14.3 assists per game. Ryan Weber is averaging 12.1 points per game and 5 rebounds per game for Ball State. Bo Calhoun is averaging 10.6 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. Ball State is shooting 70.4% on free throws, 36.3% on three-pointers, and 44.1% on all field goal attempts.

Ball State Cardinals vs. Pepperdine Waves - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pepperdine Waves are 5-4 this season and are coming off of a win against Long Beach State by a score of 77-75. Jeremy Major tipped in a rebound with seconds left to win the game for Pepperdine. Lamond Murray Jr. led Pepperdine with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Stacy Davis added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Pepperdine. Pepperdine tied their opponent in rebounding with 34 and had 18 assists in their win. Pepperdine is averaging 70.2 points per game while giving up 65.6 points per game. Pepperdine is also averaging 36.8 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Lamond Murray Jr. is averaging 15.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for Pepperdine. Stacy Davis is averaging 14 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Pepperdine is shooting 62.9% on free throws, 34.1% on three-pointers, and 44% on all field goal attempts.

Pepperdine is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. Pepperdine is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The under is 9-1 in Pepperdine’s last 10 non-conference games. Ball State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. Ball State is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The over is 13-6 in Ball State’s last 19 home games.

Ball State has started this season very strong, while Pepperdine has stumbled in the beginning of the season. These two teams are very similar in terms of points scored, points against, and rebounding, but Ball State has the clear advantage in free throw shooting. This should be a close game, so free throws will most likely play a big part in the outcome. I am picking Ball State.

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Ball State Cardinals -2.5

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