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#646 Evansville -1.5
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Ball State Cardinals vs. Evansville Purple Aces

Where: Ford Center, Evansville, IN

When: Saturday, November 9, 7:00 PM. ET.

The Evansville Purple Aces will be trying to kick off their season with a win when they take on the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday night.

Cardinals Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Cardinals picked up a win in their season opener, blowing out Defiance College. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over Evansville, which won the last game between the two teams and pick up their second consecutive win.

Ball State played well offensively in its first game. The team shot 51 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three-point range.

Kyle Mallers led the Cardinals with 12 points and seven rebounds. K.J. Walton finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while Tahjai Teague added 11 points and four rebounds for the Cardinals, who finished the game with four players scoring in double figures.

The Cardinals also played well defensively against the Yellow Jackets, holding the team to 43 points. They will face a tougher test against the Purple Aces, but they will put themselves in a position to win this game if they continue playing well defensively.

Purple Aces Going For Second Consecutive Win Over Cardinals

The Purple Aces are going into their first game of the season with low expectations, after winning 11 games last season. Despite the team’s struggles last year, they split their two meetings with the Cardinals and won the last game at Ford Center. They will try to make it two wins in a row over the Cardinals when they play on Saturday.

Evansville struggled on the defensive end last season, giving up 72.4 points per game last season. They are expected to be better on the defensive end this year with four players from last year’s team coming back with more experience under their belts. If they can keep opponents under 70 points per game this season, they will be able to win more than 11 games.

The biggest problem the Purple Aces have going into the season is on offense. The team averaged 69.8 points per game, but they are expected to be better this season with last year’s leading scorer K.J. Riley returning. Riley averaged 13.6 points per game last season, but expect his numbers to go up this season if he continues to attack the rim like he did last year when he finished 16th in the country with 244 trips to the free-throw line.

With John Hall, who averaged nine points and 6.6 rebounds per game, and Evan Kuhlman, who averaged 6.2 points per game, coming back, the Purple Aces should see some improvement on their offense this year.

Best Bets for this Game

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The Purple Aces managed only 11 wins last season, but they were a competitive team that played well against the spread. Evansville suffered a 10-point road loss to the Cardinals last season, but bounced back with a 12-point win at home, scoring 89 points in the game. They are the pick to cover in this game because this year’s team is more talented than last year’s and primed to win more games this season. The Purple Aces gave up 72.4 points per game last season, but they will be a better defensive team this season with four players from last year’s team coming back. The Cardinals scored 87 points in their season opener, but it came against Defiance, which is a Division III team, so don’t expect a repeat of their performance on Saturday. If the Purple Aces can keep the Cardinals under 70 points in this game, they will have no problem covering the spread.

Prediction: Evansville Purple Aces

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The Cardinals scored 87 points in their first game, but they will be kept under 80 points by the Purple Aces, who gave up 72.4 points per game last season but are expected to be better this year. The Purple Aces are expected to be improved on the offensive end, but they too will be held under 80 points by the Cardinals, which will keep the score under the total in this game.

Prediction: Under

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The Cardinals looked impressive in the first half of their game against Defiance, scoring 41 points at the half. Even though they won’t score as much in the first half of this game, they will outscore the Purple Aces and cover the spread against a team that will likely get off to a slow start in their first game of the season.

Prediction: Ball State Cardinals

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The Purple Aces and Cardinals averaged 72.5 combined points in the first half of their matchups last season. Even though the two teams are expected to be better this season than they were last year, they will likely put up similar numbers to what they had in last season’s meeting, making the under the best bet here.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.