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Ball State Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bulls - 1/23/14

Buffalo Bulls (9-5) at Ball State Cardinals (3-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Worthen Arena)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Hide your kids, hid your wife, a matchup between Buffalo and Ball State isn’t going to be pretty. The Cardinals are just 3-12 this season and losers of their last four, while the Bulls are an OK 9-5 and winners in five of their last six.

Just the records alone should tell you that this is either Buffalo or a no play. The Bulls have the advantage in every possible angle. They’re 38 rebounds are more than the Cardinals 36.1. They shoot better from everywhere on the floor. Holding teams to just 40.9 percent defensively is a lot better than the 49 percent Ball State allows.

Ball State Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bulls - 1/23/14

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Buffalo will also have the best player on the floor in senior forward Javon McCrea, who has posted seven double doubles this season. Ball State’s leading scorer, Zavier Turner, has disappeared for long stretches and can go ice cold from the field at any moment.

What else do you need to know about this game?

Buffalo has covered the spread in each of its last five games and is a wonderful 7-3 this season. Ball State is just 5-8 against the spread this season and is 2-8 against the spread in its last 10 games overall. Buffalo is also 6-0 against the spread in its last six games against Mid-American competition.

I think it’s safe to say that the Bulls have got you covered in this lousy matchup.

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