Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Spartans versus the Cardinals? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 142.5 points, and the Cardinals are favored to win at home vs. the Spartans.
USC UPSTATE SPARTANS VS BALL STATE CARDINALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Ball State Cardinals -2.5
This game will be played at Worthen Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, November 21st.
WHY BET THE BALL STATE CARDINALS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Cardinals.
- Not only will Ball State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.
Can USC Upstate Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?
USC Upstate will be playing their fifth game of the season against Ball State, and currently have a 1-3 overall record. In their previous five road games, including those from last year, USC Upstate has a 1-4 record. As of now, USC Upstate holds a 1-3 record against the spread heading into today’s matchup. Taking into account the previous season, USC Upstate has gone 6-2-1 ATS in their last ten games.
Through four games, USC Upstate has an over/under record of 1-3-0 with their games averaging a combined 140 points per game so far. When analyzing the Spartans’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 72 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3.
Compared to their season average of 72.4 points per game, USC Upstate struggled in their previous game. Against Minnesota, the Spartans scored 53 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 33.9%. The team’s scoring leader is Trae Broadnax, who holds an average of 13.8 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Justin Bailey is averaging 13.8 points per game this season.
Currently, the Spartans’ defense holds the 97th rank in the nation, allowing 70.4 points per game. In today’s game vs. Ball State, the USC Upstate defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, USC Upstate made 16 free-throws vs. the Spartans.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Ball State?
Heading into their 3rd game of the season, Ball State currently holds a 1-1 record. In their last three home games, which includes those from last year, Ball State has not won a game, going 0-3. Taking a closer look at Ball State’s ATS performance, they currently hold a 1-1 record heading into today’s game. Examining Ball State’s performance in the previous three games, which includes last year’s matchups, they have a 1-0 ATS record and an average scoring margin of +16.
Ball State comes in with an over/under record of 0-2-0 through two games, with their games averaging a combined 132.5 points per game so far. When analyzing the Cardinals’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 83 points per game and an over/under record of 2-1.
In their latest game, Ball State offense put up 50 points against Evansville. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 31.4% and made 5 threes. Offensively, the Cardinals have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 238th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 157th in percentage and 200th in three-pointers made.
In the current season, the Ball State defense has excelled, sitting 15th in the nation by allowing 58.2 points per game. Ball State’s three-point defense is currently 6th in the country at 2.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.7% of their shots vs. Ball State.