Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Eagles and Cardinals. The game is starting at 2:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Cardinals at Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN. Get ready to place your bets! This Mid-American conference matchup has an over/under of 143.5 points, and Ball State is favored to win by -10 at home vs. Eastern Michigan.

EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES VS BALL STATE CARDINALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Michigan Eagles +10

This game will be played at Worthen Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Cardinals.
  • Even though we have Ball State winning straight-up, we like Eastern Michigan at +10.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Eagles Exceed Expectations on the Road?

Eastern Michigan comes into this game with a 10-16 record, including a 3-10 mark in Mid-American Conference play. On the road, the Eagles have struggled, going just 2-11.

So far this season, Eastern Michigan has been the underdog in 19 of their 26 games, going 5-14 in those contests. The Eagles have lost their last nine games on the road.

Eastern Michigan has an ATS record of 11-12-1 this season and their road ATS mark is 5-7-1. As the underdog, the Eagles are 10-9 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have gone 4-6.

This season, the over/under record for Eastern Michigan is 11-12-1. Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is similar to the average scoring total in their games this year (144.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

In their previous game, the Eagles’ offense finished with 69 points, which is right in line with their current average of 67.7 points per contest. Leading the team in scoring is Tyson Acuff, who is averaging 22 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Arne Osojnik also maintains a PPG average of 8.3 heading into game.

So far, the Eagles’ defense is ranked 250th in the country at 75.1 points per contest. The Eastern Michigan defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 78 points and allowed Buffalo to connect on 4 threes.

Do the Cardinals Stand a Chance at Home?

Ball State has been the favorite in 11 of its 26 games this season, going 6-5 in those contests. The Cardinals are 6-5 at home this season, and they have an average scoring margin of +3.6 points per game at home. Ball State’s last game was a 70-63 win over Northern Illinois.

Eastern Michigan is 13-13 this season, and they have gone 5-8 in Mid-American Conference play. The Eagles are 5-8 as the underdog this season, and they have an average scoring margin of -4.8 points per game on the road. Ball State is favored by 10 points in this game, and the over/under is 143.5 points.

Ball State’s ATS mark for the season is 14-10, but they are just 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games and 6-4 in their last 10 as the favorite.

Ball State’s over/under record for the season sits at 11-12-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 145.1 compared to an average over/under line of 144. So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 143.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points, and their OU record during that stretch is 0-3.

Coming off their recent game, the Ball State offense tallied 70 points in a matchup against Northern Illinois. Their field goal percentage for the game was 37.5%, and they made 7 threes. Basheer Jihad is leading the team in scoring at 19.1 points per contest. Jalin Anderson has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 15.3 going into the game.

At this time, the Cardinals’ defense is positioned 140th in the country, permitting 70.9 points per game. Against Northern Illinois in their most recent game, the Ball State defense gave up a total of 63 points while allowing Northern Illinois to hit 33% of their shots.