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.
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.