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Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ball State Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/26/14

Ball State Cardinals (4-12) at Western Michigan Broncos (10-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm (University Arena)

The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Western Michigan looks for two in a row when they host Ball State Sunday.

The Breakdown: The Broncos are 3-2 in the Mid-American West and sit in second place after a 75-59 thumping of Kent State Thursday, in which Western Michigan connected on 26 of 52 from the field and 7 of 17 from outside the arc. The Broncos held the Golden Flashes to 32.3 percent from the floor and 7 of 29 from distance, while also finishing with a 42-32 edge on the boards. Senior C Shayne Whittington scored a game-high 18 points to go along with 6 rebounds and senior G David Brown added 17 points and 6 boards. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 71.1 ppg on 44.9 percent shooting and Brown leads the team with 18.8 ppg.

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ball State Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/26/14

Meanwhile, Ball State sits in 5th place in the division with a record of 1-4 and come in off a 71-68 victory over Buffalo Thursday. The Cardinals outshot the Bulls from the field 49.1 percent to 44.8 percent and connected on 5 of 17 from distance to Buffalo’s 1 of 14. Ball State also finished with a 35-32 advantage on the boards and forced 12 turnovers. Senior G Jesse Berry scored a team-high 21 points off the bench, including 10 of 10 from the stripe, while senior F Chris Bond added 16 points and 13 boards. Through 16 games, the Cardinals are averaging 65.9 ppg on 41.1 percent shooting and freshman G Zavier Turner leads the team with 12.4 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -12.5 for Western Michigan and the numbers favor the Broncos pretty heavily, in particular Ball State’s leading scorer averaging a mere 12.4 ppg. Look for Western Michigan to cover.



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