Toledo Rockets vs. Ball State Cardinals - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State Cardinals (7-19) at Toledo Rockets (18-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Savage Arena)
The Line: Toledo Rockets -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ball State Cardinals will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Ball State Cardinals dropped to 7-19 (2-13 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos, 53-48, this past Tuesday. Ball State shot 31.3% from the field and 21.7% (5-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Sean Sellers who had 13 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. Ball State is ranked 268th in the RPI Standings and has played the 78th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Sean Sellers (12.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg) and Jeremie Tyler (12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg). Ball State is averaging 65.4 ppg (ranked 219th) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 229th). The Cardinals average 8.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 42nd) and 35.4% three-point shooting (ranked 121st). Ball State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 231st) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 299th). The Cardinals average 5.2 spg (ranked 293rd) and have a turnover margin of -2.5 (ranked 317th).
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The Toledo Rockets dropped to 18-10 (10-5 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Illinois Huskies, 84-82, this past Wednesday. Toledo shot 53.2% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rockets was Julius Brown who had 20 points, 7 assists, and 1 steal. Toledo is ranked 75th in the RPI Standings and has played the 100th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Justin Drummond (13.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg). Toledo is averaging 76.2 ppg (ranked 22nd) on 47.4% shooting (ranked 31st). The Rockets are shooting 37.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 61st) and 75.5% from the free-throw line (ranked 12th0. Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 70.4 ppg (ranked 278th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 233rd). The Rockets are holding teams to 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 78th) and pull down 25.11 defensive rpg (ranked 68th).
The Cardinals are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games however, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Ball State has now dropped 13 straight games in conference play however, have to be encouraged with the defensive effort they had in their recent loss against Western Michigan. Toledo dropped a tough game against a Northern Illinois in which they had no answers on the defensive end for the Huskies. Toledo has all the talent in the world, and even though they can struggle defensively, they are as dangerous as a team that there is in the MAC. Ball State has issues on both sides of the court, and even though they can shoot the three-pointer well, defending the three is one of Toledo strong aspects on defensive. I think Toledo gets back on track as they still have a chance to past Central Michigan in the MAC West standings before the year is out. I'm taking Toledo to win big at home and cover this large spread.