Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cardinals and RedHawks. The game is starting at 3:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the RedHawks at Millett Hall in Oxford, OH. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Mid-American conference game currently have Miami (OH) as the -2.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 142.5 points.

BALL STATE CARDINALS VS MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Miami (OH) RedHawks -2.5

This game will be played at Millett Hall at 3:30 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the RedHawks.
  • Not only will Miami (OH) pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can The Cardinals Secure a Road Victory?

Ball State is currently 12-12 overall and 4-7 in the Mid-American Conference. They are coming off a 68-60 loss to Texas State and have lost two straight games. On the road this season, they are 4-7, and their average scoring margin is -4.5 points per game.

As an underdog, the Cardinals are 4-7 this season, and they have been the underdog in 11 of their 24 games. So far, they have gone 2-1 in their last three road games, 3-2 in their last five, and 4-6 in their last 10.

As the underdog, Ball State has an ATS record of 7-4 this season. On the road, the Cardinals have gone 6-5 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Ball State has an ATS mark of 6-4.

This season, the over/under record for Ball State games is 11-10-1. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 143.8 and the average score is 146 points. Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their games. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 145 points.

Most recently, the Ball State offense finished with just 60 points vs. Texas State. For the game, they hit 7/16 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 38.8%. Basheer Jihad led the scoring for the Cardinals, contributing 19 points. Additionally, Mickey Pearson Jr chipped in with 13 points.

Ball State’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 70.9 points per game. So far, the Ball State defense is giving up an average of 7.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.5 times per game (550th).

Will Miami (OH) Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

After a three-game losing streak, Miami (OH) will look to get back on track at home against Ball State. So far this season, the RedHawks have gone 5-4 at home, and they are favored by 2.5 points in this one.

Overall, Miami (OH) is 11-13, and they have gone 5-6 in Mid-American Conference games. In their last game, the RedHawks lost to Georgia State by a score of 73-53.

As the favorite this season, Miami (OH) has gone 3-4 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the RedHawks have an ATS mark of 5-5. At home, Miami (OH) is 5-4 vs. the spread this year and 12-10 overall.

Today’s over/under line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Miami (OH)’s games this season (144.2). This year, the over/under record in their games is 10-11-1. In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and the average scoring total in those games is 131 points.

Compared to their season average of 72.1 points per game, Miami (OH) struggled in their previous game. Against Georgia State, the RedHawks scored 53 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 30.8%. Offensively, the RedHawks hold a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, placing them 180th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 78th in terms of percentage and 137th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the RedHawks’ defense is positioned 148th in the country, permitting 71.1 points per game. So far, the Miami (OH) defense is giving up an average of 8.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.3 times per game (525th).