Offense meets defense when the Northern Kentucky Norse (3-1) travel to Ball State to take on the Cardinals (3-1). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
Northern Kentucky Norse at Ball State Cardinals ATS Preview
The Norse were victorious over the Coppin State Eagles in their last outing, 82-70. Dantez Walton was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Norse had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.587 (above their season average of 0.538) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.2 (above their season average of 31.9).
The last time the Cardinals played, they defeated the Indiana State Sycamores, 69-55. With 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting, Tahjai Teague was the game’s leading scorer. Ball State played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.327 (above their season average of 0.107) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.3 (below their season average of 31.9). Indiana State had marks of 0.111 and 16.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Second-chance points might be scarce for Ball State in this showdown. The Cardinals rank 192nd in offensive rebounding percentage (28.4 percent), while Northern Kentucky ranks 78th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.1 percent) dating back to last season. Furthermore, the Norse rank 33rd in offensive efficiency (112.5), while the Cardinals rank 56th in defensive efficiency (97.4).
Northern Kentucky Norse vs. Ball State Cardinals Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Ball State, ATS Winner – Ball State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Cardinals rank 108th in blocks per game (3.7) while the Norse rank 187th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
Northern Kentucky ranks 113th in steals per game (6.6) while Ball State ranks 170th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
Northern Kentucky ranks 66th in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while Ball State ranks 270th (19.6).
The Norse rank eighth in assists per game (17.0) while the Cardinals rank 172nd (13.2).
Northern Kentucky averages 37.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 81st in the NCAA. Ball State ranks 183rd in rebounds allowed per game (35.3).