Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the RedHawks versus the Cardinals? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN. The odds for this Mid-American conference game currently have the Cardinals as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 143.5 points.

MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS VS BALL STATE CARDINALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Ball State Cardinals -3

This game will be played at Worthen Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE BALL STATE CARDINALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Cardinals.
  • Not only will Ball State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the RedHawks Win in Muncie?

Miami (OH) has struggled on the road this season, going just 2-6 compared to their 4-3 mark at home. They have also been an underdog in nine of their 17 games, going 3-6 in those matchups.

Recently, the RedHawks have gone just 2-8 on the road, including a 78-73 loss to Bowling Green in their most recent game. On the season, they are 8-9 overall and 2-3 in Mid-American Conference play.

As the underdog this season, Miami (OH) has an ATS record of 6-3 and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last three games as the underdog. On the road, the RedHawks have an ATS mark of 5-3 this year and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is right in line with the average over/under line in Miami (OH) games this season (143.8). So far, the over/under record in their games is 9-5-1. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points compared to their season average of 144 points per game. This season, 8 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line of 143.5.

Coming off their recent game, the Miami (OH) offense tallied 73 points in a matchup against Bowling Green. Their field goal percentage for the game was 49.1%, and they made 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Reece Potter with 17 points. Ryan Mabrey also added 13 points for the RedHawks.

Miami (OH)’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 71.0 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.0 threes per game vs. Ball State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 25.3%.

Can the Cardinals Deliver Being Favored at Home?

Ball State comes into this game as the favorite, as they have gone 4-3 when favored this season. They have a 5-2 record at home compared to a 2-6 record on the road, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.

Overall, the Cardinals have gone 9-8 this season, and they are 1-4 in Mid-American Conference play. They have gone 8-4 in non-conference games, and they are coming off a 76-62 win over Eastern Michigan.

As the favorite this season, Ball State has gone 4-3 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS record is 10-5, and at home, they are 6-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cardinals are 4-6 vs. the spread.

Ball State’s over/under record for the season sits at 7-8 and today’s over/under line of 143.5 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this year (143). So far, 8 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points compared to their season average of 143.9 points per game.

The Cardinals’ offense finished with 76 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 74 points per contest. The top scorer for the Cardinals was Davion Bailey with 23 points, while Jalin Anderson also chipped in with 15 points.

At this time, the Cardinals’ defense is positioned 112nd in the country, permitting 69.6 points per game. The Ball State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 62 points and allowed Eastern Michigan to connect on 4 threes.