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#623 Bowling Green 138 vs.
#624 Ball State -5
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Bowling Green Falcons vs Ball State Cardinals

Where: Worthen Arena, Muncie, IN

When: Saturday, February 15, 1:00 PM. ET.

The Ball State Cardinals will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Bowling Green Falcons on Saturday afternoon.

Falcons Going For 10th Win In 12 Games

The Falcons have played well in conference play and have won nine of their last 11 games. They will be trying to bounce back from their loss to Akron with a win over the Cardinals, which will give them their 10th win in their last 12 games.

Bowling Green is on top of the MAC East standings, half a game ahead of the Zips. The team is currently projected to be a #15 seed in the NCAA tournament, but they will need a strong finish to the season if they want to make the tournament for the first time since 1968.

The Falcons have played well offensively, averaging 75.4 points per game. The team is shooting 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. They finished with 59 points in their last game and will need a better performance to beat the Cardinals.

Daeqwon Plowden led the way for the Falcons with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Turner finished with 12 points and three assists, while Tayler Mattos added seven points and six rebounds for the Falcons.

Bowling Green also hasn’t played well defensively, giving up 72.9 points per game. They gave up 74 points per game in their last game and will need a better performance to get past the Cardinals on Saturday.

Cardinals Going For Fourth Win In Five Games

The Cardinals have played well over the last week and have won three of their last four games, which has moved them into second place in the MAC West standings, half a game behind Northern Illinois. They will be trying to take sole possession of first place in the division with a win over the Falcons, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games.

Ball State hasn’t done a good job offensively, averaging 69.5 points per game. The team is shooting 42 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. They finished with 63 points in their last game and will need a better performance to beat the Falcons.

Ishmael El-Amin led the way for the Cardinals with 22 points and three rebounds. Kyle Mallers finished with 12 points and four rebounds, while Tahjai Teague also added 12 points and four rebounds for the Cardinals.

Ball State is one of the best defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 61.8 points per game. They gave up 59 points in their last game and will need a similar effort to get past the Falcons.

Best Bets for this Game

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Ball State is the pick. The Cardinals aren’t a very good offensive team, averaging 69.5 points per game. However, they have played well at home, averaging 72.9 points per game and won’t have any trouble scoring against the Falcons, who haven’t played well defensively, especially on the road where they are giving up 77.2 points per game. Bowling Green has done well offensively averaging 75.4 points per game. Even though they have played better on the road, where they are averaging 77 points per game, the Falcons will have a hard time scoring against the Cardinals, who have played great defense at home and are holding opponents to 59.1 points per game on 38 percent shooting from the field. Ball State has done a better job taking care of the ball, averaging 12.8 turnovers per game, while their opponents average 14.3 turnovers per game. They are also more disciplined than the Falcons, averaging 13.2 personal fouls per game while the Falcons average 19.7 personal fouls per game on the road, which will give the Cardinals more free throw shooting opportunities, giving them the edge.

Prediction: Ball State Cardinals

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The Falcons have a very good offense and play better on the road than they do at home, averaging 77 points per game. Despite their offensive success, they will score less than 70 points in this game because the Cardinals are one of the best defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 59.1 points per game. The Cardinals haven’t played particularly well offensively but they have played well at home, averaging 72.9 points per game. With the Falcons giving up 77.2 points per game on the road, expect the Cardinals to go over their season average, but it won’t be enough to take the score over the total.

Prediction: Under

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The Falcons will cover the first half spread because they have outplayed the Cardinals in the first half of their last three games, averaging 35.7 points per game while the Cardinals averaged 32.3 points per game.

Prediction: Bowling Green Falcons

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The Cardinals and Falcons are averaging 68 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

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.