The Stony Brook Seawolves (0-2) will travel to John E. Worthen Arena to challenge the Ball State Cardinals (0-2) in their home opener. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 17, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Stony Brook Seawolves at Ball State Cardinals Betting Preview
The Seawolves were beaten by the Connecticut Huskies in their last contest, 72-64. With 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting, Tyrell Sturdivant was Stony Brooks high scorer. Connecticut did a terrific job of making free throws (17-23; 73.9 percent). Stony Brook, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (27.8 vs. 25.0).
In the Cardinals last matchup, they were defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners, 108-69. Jontrell Walker was the games leading scorer with 23 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Oklahoma was lights out from beyond the arc (15-29; 51.7 percent). Ball State, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (12-15; 80.0 percent).
It will be a battle of contrasting paces as the fast-paced Cardinals will look to push the more grind-it-out Seawolves. Dating back to last season, the Cardinals rank 35th in possessions per game while the Seawolves are 300th. Ball protection should be an advantage for the Seawolves. They rank 14th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.7 percent). Conversely, the Cardinals have forced the 66th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents turnover percentage of 17.3 percent).
Stony Brook Seawolves at Ball State Cardinals Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Stony Brook, ATS Winner – Stony Brook, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Seawolves average 24.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 57th in the NCAA. The Cardinals rank 208th in three pointers allowed per game (22.1).
- Stony Brook ranks 18th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Ball State ranks 127th (3.3).
- Stony Brook ranks eighth in steals allowed per game (4.6) while Ball State ranks 250th (7.3).
- The Cardinals rank 56th in assists per game (15.4) while the Seawolves rank 237th (12.3).
- Ball State ranks 75th in rebounds per game (37.8) while Stony Brook ranks 233rd (34.3).