The Jackson State Tigers (3-9) look to put an end to the six-game winning streak of Ball State when they head to John E. Worthen Arena to go head-to-head against the Cardinals (7-4). Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 22, 2017.
Jackson State Tigers vs. Ball State Cardinals ATS Preview
The Tigers lost big to the Toledo Rockets in their last game, 83-57. With 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting, Jeremiah Jefferson was Jackson State’s high scorer. Getting to the free throw line was one of Toledo’s largest advantages. They had 34 free throw attempts, while Jackson State had just 14.
The last time the Cardinals played, they defeated the North Florida Ospreys, 79-65. With 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting, Trey Moses was Ball State’s leading scorer. Ball State played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.104 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 25.1). North Florida put up marks of 0.014 and 20.5, respectively, for those same stats.
It will be a matchup of conflicting paces as the fast-breaking Cardinals will look to push the more methodical Tigers. The Cardinals currently rank 75th in possessions per game while the Tigers are 340th.
Jackson State Tigers vs. Ball State Cardinals Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Ball State, ATS Winner – Ball State, O/U – Under
- The Cardinals rank 78th in three pointers attempted per game (24.5) while the Tigers rank 101st in three pointers allowed per game (21.2).
- Ball State averages 3.8 blocks per game, which ranks 87th in the nation. Jackson State ranks 107th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
- Jackson State ranks 25th in steals per game (8.5) while Ball State ranks 151st (5.6).
- The Cardinals rank 137th in rebounds per game (36.2) while the Tigers rank 229th (33.1).
- Ball State ranks 100th in assists per game (14.8) while Jackson State ranks 153rd in assists allowed per game (14.0).
- The Cardinals average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.2, up from 1.1 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 58.6 points per game (2.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average).