Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Golden Flashes and Cardinals. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Cardinals at Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN. Get ready to place your bets! In this Mid-American matchup, Kent State is favored by -1 vs. Ball State. The over/under for the game is 141.5 points.


The Pick: Ball State Cardinals +1

This game will be played at Worthen Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Cardinals.
  • Not only will Ball State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can The Golden Flashes Secure a Win at Muncie?

So far this season, Kent State has played 29 games and has a 15-14 record. In Mid-American Conference play, they are 7-8, and their non-conference record is 8-6. On the road, the Golden Flashes have gone 5-8, and they come into today’s game on a three-game losing streak away from home.

As the favorite, Kent State has gone 10-9 this season, and they have been favored in 19 of their 29 games. Coming off of a 76-64 win over Buffalo, the Golden Flashes will be looking to improve on their 3-7 record in their last ten road games.

When looking at Kent State’s ATS record this season, they are just 9-17. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-8. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they have gone just 3-7 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 141.5 is below the average over/under line in Kent State’s games this season (144.3). This year, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and their matchups have averaged 148 points compared to their season average of 147.3.

In their latest game, Kent State offense put up 76 points against Buffalo. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.5% and made 10 threes. Leading Kent State in scoring vs. Buffalo was Jalen Sullinger with his 30 points. Voncameron Davis also added 17 points for the Golden Flashes.

So far, the Golden Flashes’ defense is ranked 161st in the country at 71.8 points per contest. The Kent State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 64 points and allowed Buffalo to connect on 10 threes.

Is a Home Win Possible for the Cardinals?

Ball State will enter tonight’s game as the underdog, as they are 6-8 when not favored this season. The Cardinals are 6-6 at home this season, and they will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak at home.

Ball State’s average scoring margin at home this season is +3.2 points per game. They are coming off a 79-71 win over Central Michigan, and they are 14-15 overall this season.

Overall, Ball State has an ATS record of 15-11 this season. At home, they are 7-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Cardinals have gone 6-4 ATS. However, their ATS mark over their last three home games is 0-3.

This season, the over/under record for Ball State games is 12-13-1. So far, their games have averaged 144.1 points compared to an average over/under line of 143.7, resulting in a margin of +0.5. Today’s over/under line of 141.5 is lower than the average scoring in their games this year. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 139 points.

Coming off a good offensive performance, Ball State’s offense scored 79 points against Central Michigan. Their field goal percentage for the game was 49.1%, and they went 13/16 from the free-throw line. Basheer Jihad is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 18.8 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jalin Anderson brings a PPG average of 15.3 into the game.

At present, the Cardinals’ defense is nationally ranked 130th, allowing 70.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Ball State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 45.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 36.0% this season.