Southern Utah vs. Ball State - 11/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ball State Cardinals (2-2) at Southern Utah Thunderbirds (1-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: Southern Utah Thunderbirds +14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ball State Cardinals and Southern Utah Thunderbirds will square off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the MGM Grand Main Event this Wednesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Ball State Cardinals improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Coppin State Eagles, 79-77, this past Monday. Ball State got up by a 40-29 margin at halftime and led for the majority of the game, however, needed a Tayler Person three-point play late in the game to secure the win after the Eagles stormed back and took a 77-76 lead with just 43 seconds left to play. Ball State shot 48.3% from the field and 33.3% (9-27) from three-point range in the victory. Leading the way for Ball State was Tayler Persons who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Ball State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ball State has been led by Tayler Persons (20.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Franko House (16.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), Sean Sellers (7.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Tahjai Teague (7.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg). Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field.
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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds dropped to 1-3 on the season after being defeated by the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 83-68, this past Monday. Southern Utah allowed Coastal Carolina to end the 1st half on a 16-6 run to take a 39-30 halftime lead and although the Thunders fought back to tie it up at 53-all, allowed the Chanticleers to use a 15-5 run midway through the 2nd half to put this one away. Southern Utah shot just 36.7% from the field and allowed the Chanticleers to shoot 55.6% from the field. Leading the way for Southern Utah was Randy Onwuasor who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Southern Utah is averaging 83.0 ppg on 35.2% shooting from the field and 26.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Utah has been led by Randy Onwuasor (25.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), James McGee (11.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Race Persons (9.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Ivan Madunic (7.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Defensively, Southern Utah is allowing their opponents to average 86.3 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field.
The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Thunderbirds are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 9-26 ATS in their last 35 non-conference games.
Ball State has struggled a bit against some of the tougher defensive teams they faced this season (Indiana St, Alabama) however, Southern Utah has been awful on the defensive end to start the season and with Ball State’s ability to hit the long ball, I think the Cardinals will cover this big spread. Take Ball State to cover.