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Western Michigan vs. Ball State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ball State Cardinals (11-5) at Western Michigan Broncos (10-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm (University Arena in Read Fieldhouse)

The Line: Western Michigan Broncos +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Ball State Cardinals will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Ball State Cardinals improved to 11-5 (2-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 75-68, this past Tuesday. Ball State was solid on the offensive end against the Bobcats and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 68-59 lead with 3:11 left in regulation. Ball State shot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded Ohio by a 39-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Trey Moses who had a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Ball State is averaging 76.8 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ball State has been led by Tayler Persons (14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Kyle Mallers (11.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), Tahjai Teague (10.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg), and Trey Moses (8.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to an average of 73.9 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

Western Michigan vs. Ball State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Michigan Broncos had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-6 (2-1 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 84-61, this past Tuesday. Toledo struggled on both ends of the court against the Rockets and couldn’t fight back after an 8-0 Toledo run put Western Michigan behind by a 58-42 margin midway through the 2nd half. Western Michigan shot just 32.9% from the field and 25.0% (4-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was Thomas Wilder who had a double-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, Western Michigan is averaging 75.3 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Michigan has been led by Thomas Wilder (18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.3 spg), Josh Davis (10.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), Bryce Moore (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Reggie Jones (9.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg). Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to an average of 71.8 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field.

The Cardinals are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. MAC opponents and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games. The Broncos are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.

Ball State is one of the better MAC teams this season and have been led by their offense that ranks 127th in scoring offense and 137th in FG%. Western Michigan has won 6 of their last 8 games and has been solid on both ends of the court as the Broncos rank T-158th in scoring offense and T-164th in scoring defense. This will be a great matchup between two of the best players in the MAC in Ball State’s Tayler Persons and Western Michigan’s Thomas Wilder however, as Ball State has proven they can win on the road with their road victory at Notre Dame, I think the Cardinals do enough in this one to cover this small road spread. Take Ball State to cover. 

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