The Ball State Cardinals, 6.5-point favorites, welcome the Indiana State Sycamores to John E. Worthen Arena to start their seasons. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 149 points and action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Indiana State Sycamores vs. Ball State Cardinals Betting Odds
Last season, Ball State failed to make the tournament following a 19-13 regular season campaign. Indiana State also did not reach the tournament after a 13-18 regular season.
The Cardinals won the sole contest between these two teams last year, 93-85. Ball State made good use of their 30 trips to the free throw line, making 24 of them (80.0 percent). Indiana State, on the other hand, was just 11-16 (68.8 percent).
The Sycamores were 13-18 straight up (SU) and 15-15 against the spread (ATS) last season. Indiana State games have typically finished over the O/U total (63.3 percent).
The Cardinals, on the other hand, were 19-13 SU and 14-15-1 ATS last season. Of Ball State’s 30 games with betting action last year, 22 finished over the projected point total.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Ball State should have a substantial advantage. In the 2017-18 season, the Cardinals defense ranked 93rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.491), while the Indiana State offense ranked 244th in effective field goal percentage (0.497).
Indiana State Sycamores vs. Ball State Cardinals ATS Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Ball State, ATS Winner – Indiana State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2017-Present):
- Indiana State ranks 32nd in steals per game (7.5) while Ball State ranks 215th (5.3).
- The Sycamores average 24.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 77th in the country. The Cardinals rank 179th in three pointers allowed per game (22.3).
- Ball State averages 3.5 blocks per game, which ranks 122nd in the country. Indiana State ranks 201st in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
- The Cardinals rank 123rd in assists per game (14.2) while the Sycamores rank 270th (11.6).
- Indiana State ranks 107th in rebounds per game (36.5) while Ball State ranks 226th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).