Ball State Cardinals (16-9; 8-11 ATS; 8-10 O/U) vs. Akron Zips (11-3; 10-12 ATS; 10-12 O/U)
The Akron Zips will host the Ball State Cardinals in a MAC battle Tuesday evening from the James A. Rhodes Arena. The Cardinals are coming off a solid win 87-68 against Kent State in their latest action, and the Zips notched a 69-63 home win against Central Michigan on Saturday. Ball State tallied a 111-106 OT home win against Akron in the first meeting this season.
Cardinals Crush Kent State in Seventh MAC Win
The Ball State Cardinals had their shots falling in their decisive 87-68 home win against Kent State on Sunday to boost their conference record to 7-5. The Cardinals shot a dazzling 56% from the field and out-rebounded Kent State by a wide 39-26 margin. Trey Moses was tremendous in the winning effort, notching 22 points on a stellar 9 for 10 mark from the field. The junior center has scored at least 15 points in four out of his last five games and stands third in team scoring with 10.8 points and a team-leading eight rebounds per game. Cardinals’ top scorer Tayler Persons added 13 points and five rebounds in Saturday’s victory. The junior guard has drilled eight three-pointers in his last three games and is currently averaging 14.6 points on 46.7% shooting.
The Cardinals are playing well, recording a win in four out of their last five games and they have played solid defense for the most part as of late. They remain tied for second in the MAC West standings and are 2-4 in their six conference road games. Ball State is placed at 170th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. They are scoring an average of 75 points per game, ranking them 144th overall. Th Cardinals are allowing an average of 73.7 points, placing them 223rd in the country.
Zips Snap Skid with Win Against Central Michigan
The Akron Zips put an end to their slide with a solid 69-63 home win against Central Michigan on Saturday to bring their MAC record to 4-8. The Zips only shot 43.9% from the field, however, they were able to hold Central Michigan to a 40% clip. Zips’ leading scorer Daniel Utomi continued his strong play with 21 points and eight rebounds in the winning cause. The sophomore forward has scored a combined 41 points in his last two games and is currently averaging 15.6 points and six rebounds per game. Eric Parrish also played a big role in Saturday’s win, recording 21 points and nine boards. The freshman guard has shot above 50% in four straight games and stands fourth in team scoring with 8.8 points on 51% shooting.
The Zips snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday’s win, and they finally came through with a strong defensive performance after struggling on defense throughout their skid. They own a 4-2 home record in conference action and are ranked at 263rd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. Akron is scoring an average of 72.3 points per game, ranking them 227th overall. They are holding opponents to 75.4 points per game, placing them 260th overall.
The Ball State Cardinals are:
- 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Tuesday games.
- the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between Ball State and Akron.
The Akron Zips are:
- 1-11 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
- 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a straight up win.
I am siding with Ball State in this matchup. Ball State is playing well, winning four out of their last five games which included a 75-63 road win against first-place Toledo. They have allowed 68 or fewer points in four consecutive games, and Akron is not a strong shooting team, plus the Zips are only averaging 66 points in their last four games. Furthermore, Akron is well below average defensively, and Ball State was able to shoot 50% in their 111-106 double overtime win against Akron last month.