Pepperdine at Ball State College Basketball Pick

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Pepperdine at Ball State College Basketball Pick

Last Updated: 2017-03-06

The Ball State Cardinals (7-2) look to extend their six-game winning streak when they match up with the Pepperdine Waves (5-4) at John E. Worthen Arena. The game gets underway at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday, Dec. 12 and will air on ES3.

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The Cardinals beat New Orleans 66-52 in their last game. Franko House had 10 points, eight rebounds, and two steals for Ball State. The Waves are coming off a 77-75 win over Long Beach State in their last outing. Lamond Murray Jr. led the game in scoring with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting.

Ball State is favored by a slight one-point margin in its matchup against Pepperdine. The matchup currently has a 129-point Over/Under (O/U). The Cardinals look to build on their records of 7-2 Straight Up (SU) and 2-3 Against The Spread (ATS). Teams routinely struggle to score points against the Cardinals, who allow only 61.8 points per game.

For updated lines, check out BTB’s College Basketball Odds.

On the other side, Pepperdine has a SU record of 5-4 and an ATS record of 2-6. Pepperdine’s three-point defense is one of the top in the country, with opponents making only 4.0 shots from the three-point line per game.

This game marks the first time Ball State and Pepperdine have played one another in recent seasons.

Predictions: SU Winner – BallSt, ATS Winner – BallSt, O/U – Over

Notes

Pepperdine is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pepperdine’s last 5 games on the road.

Pepperdine is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road.

Ball State averages 71.4 points per game, placing the team just 224th in the nation. Pepperdine ranks 72nd in points allowed, giving up 65.6 points per game.

Ball State scores just 71.8 points per home game (ranked 274th). Pepperdine ranks 79th in points allowed on the road, giving up 68.8 points.

Pepperdine won its last game by a two-point margin. In games decided by a margin of three points or less, Ball State is 2-1. Pepperdine is 1-1 in close games this season.

The Ball State Cardinals have a defensive rating of 93.7 (ranked 56th), while the Pepperdine Waves have an offensive rating of 101.4 (ranked 240th).

The Ball State Cardinals average a field goal percentage of 44.1% this season. The Pepperdine Waves have split their games this season (2-2) when opponents have a FG% of 44.1% or greater.

The Ball State Cardinals rank lower for their field goal percentage (175th) than they do for their effective field goal percentage (153rd), but the Pepperdine Waves have a better FG% ranking (180th) than eFG% ranking (233rd).

Ball State, the 71st-ranked team in blocked shots, records an average of 4.8 per game. Pepperdine does worse, ranked 175th with 3.4.

On average, Pepperdine forces a turnover rate of 21.7%. When Ball State turns over the ball at a similar or higher rate, the team has a winning 2-1 record.

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