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Ball State vs UMass 11/21/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets and Odds

UMass Minutemen (3-2) vs. Ball State Cardinals (1-3)
November 21, 2021 2:30 pm EDT
The Line: Ball State Cardinals +8 / UMass Minutemen -8; Over/Under: +148
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The UMass Minutemen and the Ball sTate Cardinals meet in college basketball action from the McArthur Center on Sunday afternoon.

The UMass Minutemen come into this game on the heels of a 93-90 overtime win over UNC-Greensboro last time out. Noah Fernandes leads the Minutemen in scoring with 16.8 PPG while TrentButtrick has 15.2 PPG with a team-high 4.8 RPG. Rich Kelly has 11.9 PPG with a team-high 4 APG and C.J. Kelly has 11 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for UMass so far this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 79 PPG on 43.9% shooting from the field, 37.3% from three and 70.9% from the foul line while allowing 77 PPG on 47.3% shooting from the field and 36.3% from three this season.

The Ball State Cardinals will try to rebound from an 85-74 loss to Weber State last time out. Luke Bumbalough has 12.8 PPG with a team-high 4.3 APG and 3.3 RPG while Jalen Windham has 11.3 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Ball State so far this season. Payton Sparks also has 9.8 PPG with a team-high 7 RPG as well this season. As a team, Ball State is averaging 69.5 PPG on 41.6% shooting from the field, 36.3% from three and 57.7% from the foul line while allowing 77.3 PPG on 46.6% from the field and 33.3% from three this season.

UMass is 21-5-2 ATS in their last 28 Sunday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the  over is 5-0 in their last 5 neutral site games. Ball State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games.

I’m not running to the window to lay this many points with UMass, but realistically, the Minutemen have been the better team with the more impressive wins side-by-side against Ball State this season and I just think that UMass finds a way to win this one by double-digits so I’ll lay the points with the Minutemen in this spot.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: UMass -8

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