Utah Utes vs. Ball State Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/27/13
Ball State Cardinals (2-2) at Utah Utes (5-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ball State Cardinals try to rebound from a tough loss to Butler in their last outing when they face the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City Wednesday night.
The Cardinals, who come into the game at 2-2, squandered an 11-point second half lead against Butler Saturday that led to heartbreak in the final seconds when Ball State had a chance to win it, but freshman G Zavier Turner missed a layup and senior C Majok Majok a tip in. Majok finished with a game-high 15 points and 11 rebounds on 63 percent from the field and senior F Chris Bond added 14 points and 7 rebounds on 55 percent shooting. The Cardinals shot 42 percent from the floor while holding Butler to 35 percent, shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and hit 8 of 13 from the free throw line. On the season, Turner leads the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg on 41 percent from the field and 63 percent from distance and Majok leads in rebounds at 10.5 per contest. Senior G Jesse Berry averages 14.5 ppg on 37 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc.
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The Utes come into the game undefeated at a record of 5-0 with some pretty big numbers, averaging 91 ppg for 13th in the country and shooting 54 percent for a rank of 5th nationally. In their last outing against Savannah State, Utah struggled to shake the pesky Tigers and they closed within six points three different times in the second half until the Utes took an 8-pooint lead at the three-minute mark and Savannah State would get no closer. Sophomore F Jordan Loveridge had a team-high 25 points and 9 rebounds on 56 percent from the field and hit 6 of 7 from the line.
The line in this one is currently at -11 for Utah and, by all appearances, this is a team that could have something this season. Besides the 91 ppg, the Utes rank 16th in rebounds per contest at 44.8 and 10th in assists at 19, but what Ball State did against a Butler team that’s had strong outings against Princeton and Vanderbilt can’t be discounted. The points look like the safer play here.
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