Miami (OH) RedHawks at Ball State Cardinals Betting Prediction 01/18/20

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The Miami (OH) RedHawks (8-9, 1-3 MAC) and the Ball State Cardinals (10-7, 3-1 MAC) battle at John E. Worthen Arena. The RedHawks look to end a five-game road losing streak. Action gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Miami (OH) RedHawks vs. Ball State Cardinals ATS Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Cardinals were victorious over the Eastern Michigan Eagles 69-52, while the RedHawks won a close one over the Kent State Golden Flashes 77-74.

The RedHawks had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.500 (above their season average of 0.185), while the Golden Flashes had a turnover percentage of 21.6 (above their season average of 14.4). The Cardinals, meanwhile, forced 15 turnovers and held the Eagles to an effective field goal percentage of 0.358 (below their season average of 0.480). Ball State was led by Tahjai Teague, who contributed 23 points and 17 rebounds. Nike Sibande was a key piece for Miami (OH) with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The RedHawks dominated this series last year, securing victories in both games. In the most recent game, Miami (OH) won 69-66. Converting at the free throw line was one of Miami (OH)’s largest advantages. They were 18-22 (81.8 percent), while the Cardinals were just 17-26 (65.4 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

This contest should be a battle of contrasting paces. Miami (OH) prefers an up-tempo style of play (92nd in possessions per game), while Ball State is more half-court-oriented (227th in possessions per game).

Miami (OH) RedHawks at Ball State Cardinals Odds Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Ball State, ATS Winner – Ball State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Ball State ranks 24th in three pointers attempted per game (27.6) while Miami (OH) ranks 148th in three pointers allowed per game (22.3).
  • The Cardinals rank 33rd in assists allowed per game (10.4) while the RedHawks rank 51st (10.9).
  • Ball State ranks 43rd in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Miami (OH) ranks 52nd (5.6).
  • The Cardinals rank 123rd in rebounds allowed per game (34.8) while the RedHawks rank 233rd (37.9).
  • Ball State ranks 48th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while Miami (OH) ranks 71st (3.1).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Cardinals’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, down from 9.9 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the RedHawks have scored an average of 86.4 points per game (10.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.0 points per game (3.2 above their season average).