Ball State vs. Central Michigan - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Central Michigan Chippewas (13-16) at Ball State Cardinals (16-13)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (John E. Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -8 -- Over/Under: 142
The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Ball State Cardinals meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the Worthen Arena on Tuesday night.
The Central Michigan Chippewas will try to climb up in the MAC West division, sitting in a tie for 4th at 6-10 in conference play after an 8th straight loss in the form of a 67-63 loss to Eastern Michigan last time out. David DiLeo leads Central Michigan in scoring with 14.8 PPG while Kevin McKay is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 6.6 RPG this season. Dallas Morgan is averaging 13.4 PPG while Rob Montgomery has 11 PPG and 6.2 RPG. Devontae Lane also has 9.2 PPG and a team-high 3.4 APG for CMU this season. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 78.9 points on 43.5% shooting from the field, 33.1% from 3-point range and 73.6% from the foul line while allowing 76.4 points on 46% shooting from the field and 37.8% from 3-point range this season. Central Michigan is 2-12 straight up and 5-7-2 against the spread on the road this season.
The Ball State Cardinals will try to catch Northern Illinois at the top of MAC West, sitting a game back at 9-7 in conference play after a 69-63 loss to Toledo last time out. Tahjai Teague leads Ball State in scoring and rebounding with 14.2 PPG and 9 RPG while Ishmael El-Amin has 14 PPG and Jarron Coleman has 9.4 PPG and a team-high 2.9 APG this season. As a team, Ball State is averaging 68.8 points on 42.5% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 67.7% from the foul line while allowing 62.6 points on 40.6% shooting from the field and 31.5% from 3-point range this season. Ball State is 10-4 straight up and 8-5 against the spread at home this season.
Those offensive numbers with Central Michigan are hard to look away from, but so is the Chippewas’ eight-game losing streak and that doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime sooner. Ball State playing .500 basketball over their last ten games doesn’t inspire a near double-digit number, but they’re playing twice as better than CMU right now, so I’ll lay the points with Ball State in this one.