Betting on today’s Cardinals and Eagles game? Catch the action at George Gervin GameAbove Center in Ypsilanti, MI, as the Eagles hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 140.5 points, and the Eagles are the home favorites against the Cardinals in a Mid-American conference matchup.

BALL STATE CARDINALS VS EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Michigan Eagles -1

This game will be played at George Gervin GameAbove Center at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 16th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Eagles.
  • Not only will Eastern Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Cardinals Win in Ypsilanti?

Ball State will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak when they take on Eastern Michigan. So far this season, the Cardinals are 8-8, including a 0-4 record in Mid-American Conference play. On the road, they have gone just 1-6, and their average scoring margin away from home is -13.3 points per game.

As the underdog, Ball State has gone 2-5, and they have been the underdog in seven of their 16 games. Most recently, they fell to Toledo by a score of 77-72. Over their last 10 road games, the Cardinals have gone just 1-9.

As the underdog, Ball State has an ATS record of 5-2 this season and they are 9-5 overall. On the road, the Cardinals are 3-4 vs. the spread and 4-6 in their last 10 road games ATS. In their last 10 games as the underdog, Ball State is 7-3.

This season, the over/under record for Ball State games is 7-7, and today’s line of 140.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (143.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points, and their over/under record during that span is 1-2.

The Cardinals’ offense wrapped up their last game with 72 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 73.9 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Basheer Jihad who comes into today’s matchup averaging 18.7. Jalin Anderson also heads into the game with a PPG average of 16.4.

So far, the Cardinals’ defense is ranked 123rd in the country at 70.1 points per contest. So far, the Ball State defense is giving up an average of 6.4 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.8 times per game (544th).

Pressure Builds for Eastern Michigan as Home Favorites

Eastern Michigan will be looking to get back on track after dropping their last two games, including a 71-54 loss to Miami (OH). The Eagles are 8-8 overall and 1-3 in Mid-American Conference play.

At home, Eastern Michigan has been strong this season, going 4-2. Over their last 10 games at home, the Eagles have an impressive 8-2 record. On the year, they are 2-1 when favored.

Eastern Michigan has an ATS record of 7-6-1 this season, including a mark of 3-3 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles have gone just 2-7-1 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Eastern Michigan games is 7-6-1. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 144 and the average scoring total is 144.5, resulting in an average margin of 0.5 points. This year, 11 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s line of 140.5 and over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points.

Compared to their season average of 67.9 points per game, Eastern Michigan struggled in their previous game. Against Miami (OH), the Eagles scored 54 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 31%. Tyson Acuff was the leading scorer for the Eagles, putting up 19 points. In addition, Julius Ellerbe contributed 11 points.

In terms of defense, Eastern Michigan is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 74.3 points per game. Against Miami (OH) in their most recent game, the Eastern Michigan defense gave up a total of 71 points while allowing Miami (OH) to hit 46% of their shots.