The Central Michigan Chippewas (13-16, 6-10 MAC) will travel to John E. Worthen Arena to square off against the Ball State Cardinals (16-13, 9-7 MAC) in their home finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Central Michigan Chippewas at Ball State Cardinals Betting Preview
The last time the Chippewas played, they were beaten by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 67-63. Central Michigan’s Rob Montgomery put up four points and 16 rebounds in the contest. Eastern Michigan had a free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.271). Central Michigan, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (28.6 vs. 25.6).
The Cardinals are hoping for a better outcome after their 69-63 loss to the Toledo Rockets in their last contest. Jarron Coleman led Ball State in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Toledo did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (19-27; 70.4 percent). Ball State, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (13.0 vs. 14.9).
Ball State may have trouble getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Cardinals rank 284th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.199, while Central Michigan ranks 56th in FTA rate allowed (0.188).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Chippewas won 71-66. Central Michigan had a much better turnover percentage (18.1 vs. 31.8). Ball State, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.347 vs. 0.254). Dallas Morgan was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points.
Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Ball State Cardinals Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Ball State, ATS Winner – Ball State, O/U – Under
Ball State ranks 132nd in rebounds per game (36.0) while Central Michigan ranks 242nd in rebounds allowed per game (37.6).
The Cardinals have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Ball State has defeated opponents by an average of 6.2 points.
During their last five games, the Chippewas have scored an average of 56.4 points per game (17.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (7.9 below their season average).