Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Cardinals versus the Chippewas? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, MI. This Mid-American conference matchup has an over/under of 134.5 points, and Central Michigan is favored to win by -4 at home vs. Ball State.


The Pick: Central Michigan Chippewas -4

This game will be played at McGuirk Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Chippewas.
  • Not only will Central Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Cardinals Defense Show Up in Mount Pleasant?

Ball State enters this game with a 13-14 record, including a 5-9 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Cardinals are 5-8 on the road this season, and they have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games away from home.

As the underdog, Ball State has a record of 5-8 this season. In their last game, the Cardinals lost to Eastern Michigan by a score of 58-56. So far, Ball State has been the underdog in 13 of their 27 games.

As the underdog this season, Ball State has an ATS record of 8-5. On the road, their ATS record is 7-6. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Cardinals have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

Ball State’s over/under record for the season is 11-13-1, and the average over/under line in their games is 144. So far, 18 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 134.5. However, the average scoring total in their last three games is just 128 points, and their over/under record in their last three games is 0-3.

Coming off their recent game, the Ball State offense tallied 56 points in a matchup against Eastern Michigan. Their field goal percentage for the game was 34.5%, and they made 5 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Basheer Jihad with 18 points. Mickey Pearson Jr also added 13 points for the Cardinals.

At this time, the Cardinals’ defense is positioned 136th in the country, permitting 70.4 points per game. In today’s game, the Ball State defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 58 points.

Do the Chippewas Stand a Chance at Home?

Central Michigan is 7-2 at home this season and has won five straight games at home. On the year, the Chippewas are 6-2 when favored. They are 16-11 overall and 9-4 in the Mid-American Conference.

Central Michigan’s last game was an 88-60 loss to Miami (OH). Over the last 10 games, the Chippewas have gone 9-1 at home. For the season, they are outscoring opponents by an average of 6.9 points per game at home.

As the favorite this season, Central Michigan has gone 6-2 vs. the spread. At home, they are 7-2 ATS and their last 10 games as the favorite, they have an ATS mark of 7-2-1. Overall, the Chippewas have an ATS record of 14-11 this year.

Central Michigan games have an over/under record of 9-15-1 this season and today’s line of 134.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (141). The over/under record in their last three games is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 126 points.

Compared to their season average of 66.4 points per game, Central Michigan struggled in their previous game. Against Miami (OH), the Chippewas scored 60 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 39.6%. Offensively, the Chippewas hold a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, placing them 309th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 366th in terms of percentage and 306th in three-pointers made.

The Chippewas’ defense is presently ranked 126th nationally, allowing an average of 70.1 points per contest. Central Michigan’s three-point defense is currently 169th in the country at 7.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.2% of their shots vs. Central Michigan.