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Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Michigan Eagles (15-13) at Ball State Cardinals (18-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Worthen Arena)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals -2 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Ball State Cardinals and the Eastern Michigan Eagles face off on Saturday in MAC college basketball action.

The Ball State Cardinals are 18-10 this season and they are coming off of a loss at Toledo that ended a three game winning streak. Ball State is averaging 69.4 points per game and they are shooting 44.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.3 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Franko House leads the Cardinals averaging 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Bo Calhoun is averaging 11.2 points and 8.7 rebounds, Ryan Weber is averaging 11 points, and Francis Kiapway is averaging 9.1 points. Ball State is 11-4 at home and 9-6 in the MAC.

Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles are 15-13 this season and they have won four of their last five games. EMU is averaging 76.5 points per game and they are shooting 44.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 77.3 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. James Thompson IV leads the Eagles averaging 15.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Raven Lee is averaging 14.7 points, Willie Mangum IV is averaging 12.5 points, and TY Toney is averaging 12.1 points. Eastern Michigan is 3-10 on the road and 7-8 in MAC play.

Ball State is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games, and 15-36-2 against the spread in their last 53 home games against a team with a losing road record. Eastern Michigan is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 7-19 against the spread in their last 26 road games, and 2-8 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The road team has covered the point spread in six of the last seven meetings of these two teams.

Eastern Michigan is playing well but Ball State is the better team and my pick here. 

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Ball State Cardinals -2.5

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