The Ball State Cardinals (16-9, 7-5 MAC), 3-point favorites, will be at James A. Rhodes Arena to clash against the Akron Zips (11-13, 4-8 MAC) in a MAC matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 145.5 points and action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Ball State Cardinals vs. Akron Zips ATS Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Zips defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas 69-63, while the Cardinals easily got past the Kent State Golden Flashes 87-68.
Ball State played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 27.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.633 (above their season average of 0.512). For those same stats, Kent State was 17.1 and 0.483, respectively. Meanwhile, Akron dominated nearly every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.193 (matching their season average) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.509 (below their season average of 0.519). For those same stats, Central Michigan put up marks of 0.169 and 0.449, respectively. Eric Parrish had a good game for Akron, recording 21 points and nine rebounds. Ball State was lifted by Tahjai Teague, who put up 20 points and 14 rebounds.
It could be a tough game for Akron on the offensive glass. The Zips currently rank 225th in offensive rebounding percentage (27.7 percent), while Ball State ranks 90th in defensive rebounding percentage (73.4 percent).
Cardinals games tend to go under the O/U total (57.9 percent). Ball State is 16-9 straight up (SU), but they are just 8-11 against the spread (ATS).
Coinciding with Ball State, Zips games have gone under the O/U total 54.5 percent of the time. Additionally, Akron is 11-13 SU and 10-12 ATS.
Trey Moses has really been playing well as of late for Ball State, averaging 15.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists over the last five games.
In their first matchup this year, Teague led the Cardinals to a 111-106 victory. He notched a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Ball State was unable to cover as a 9-point favorite and the two teams combined for 217 points, which was well over the projected point total of 143. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Ball State’s largest strengths. They made 42 trips to the line, while Akron went just 21 times.
Ball State Cardinals at Akron Zips Free Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Ball State, ATS Winner – Akron, O/U – Under
Akron averages 27.0 three pointers per game, which ranks 24th in the NCAA. Ball State ranks 191st in three pointers allowed per game (23.0).
The Zips average 5.7 steals per game, which ranks 167th in the NCAA. The Cardinals rank 207th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
Ball State averages 3.5 blocks per game, which ranks 101st in the nation. Akron ranks 112th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
The Cardinals average 37.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 75th in the nation. The Zips rank 137th in rebounds allowed per game (34.6).
Ball State ranks 100th in assists per game (14.7) while Akron ranks 145th in assists allowed per game (13.5).
Akron is 7-4 ATS at home, while Ball State is 5-6 ATS on the road.
The total has gone under in 6 of the Cardinals’ 11 road games, while 6 of the Zips’ 11 home games have gone under.
In their last five games, Ball State and Akron are both 2-3 ATS.
The Cardinals have 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games, while the Zips have 3 overs and 2 unders
During their last five games, the Cardinals have scored an average of 74.6 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (3.5 below their season average).
The Zips’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 11.8, up from 3.1 for the season.