Looking to win big? The Zips and Cardinals face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Cardinals are hosting the game at Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN. The Zips are the favorites in this Mid-American conference matchup the against the Cardinals. The over/under for the game is set at 137.5 points.


The Pick: Ball State Cardinals +7.5

This game will be played at Worthen Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Cardinals.
  • Not only will Ball State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Do the Zips Have a Shot at a Road Win?

With a 10-4 record, Akron has been the favorite in seven of its 14 games this season, going 7-0 in those contests. The Zips have a +1.7 average scoring margin on the road this year, and they are 4-3 away from home.

Akron’s two-game winning streak comes on the heels of a 4-6 stretch in its last 10 road games. The Zips’ most recent game was an 83-67 victory over Bowling Green.

So far this season, Akron has an ATS record of 7-5. On the road, they are 4-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Zips have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Akron sits at 6-6 and today’s line of 137.5 is in line with the average over/under line in their games this year (140.8). So far, 7 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 132 points.

Akron’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Bowling Green, finishing the game with a total of 83 points. Their season average is now 77 points per game. In terms of offense, the Zips have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, putting them 99th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 107th in percentage and 45th in three-pointers made.

So far this season, the Akron defense has been performing well, ranking 52nd in the country at 65.4 points allowed per contest. Against Bowling Green in their most recent game, the Akron defense gave up a total of 67 points while allowing Bowling Green to hit 50% of their shots.

Are Ball State Ready for a Home Win?

Ball State enters tonight’s game against Akron as a 7.5-point underdog. The Cardinals have an overall record of 8-6, but they have lost four straight games and are 0-2 in Mid-American Conference play. On the season, Ball State is 5-1 at home compared to 1-5 on the road.

Over their last 10 games at home, the Cardinals have gone 7-3. They are coming off a 71-65 loss to Central Michigan and are 2-1 in their last three games at home. So far this season, Ball State has been an underdog in five games, going 2-3.

Ball State has been solid against the spread this season, going 7-5 overall. Their home ATS record is 5-1 and they have gone 4-1 vs. the spread in their last 5 home games. As the underdog, the Cardinals have a 3-2 record vs. the spread this year and they are 5-5 in their last 10 games as the underdog.

This season, the over/under record for Ball State games is 6-6. Today’s over/under line of 137.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (143). So far, 5 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 142 points.

Compared to their season average of 73.9 points per game, Ball State struggled in their previous game. Against Central Michigan, the Cardinals scored 65 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 41.5%. The team’s top scorer is Basheer Jihad, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 18.5, while Jalin Anderson also carries a PPG average of 15.4 into the game.

Currently, the Cardinals’ defense holds the 118th rank in the nation, allowing 68.9 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.2 threes per game vs. Akron. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 37.8%.