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 WinThe 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 CardinalsThe 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.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are: Ball State is:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are: Evansville is:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Mid-American teams.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.