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#703 Ball State
Cardinals 144
#704 Bowling Green
Falcons 144

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 9:00pm

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Game Stats

Ball State Cardinals

16 - 16

13-18
ATS
15-16
O/U
74
PPG
70
OPPG

Bowling Green Falcons

20 - 11

16-11
ATS
17-12
O/U
78
PPG
72
OPPG

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Ball State Cardinals vs. Bowling Green Falcons

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

When: Thursday, March 14, 9:00 PM. ET.

The Bowling Green Falcons will be trying to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on the Ball State Cardinals in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament on Thursday night.

Cardinals Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Cardinals managed to snap their two-game season-ending losing streak with a win over Eastern Michigan in their last game. They will be trying to build on the win over the Falcons, giving them their second win in a row third win in their last five games.

Ball State has played well offensively, averaging 74.8 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.

Tayler Persons leads the way for the Cardinals with 16.4 points, four rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Tahjai Teague is averaging 13.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while K.J. Walton is averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

The Cardinals are an average defensive team, holding opponents to 70.7 points per game. They gave up 54.7 points per game in their last four games and will need to keep playing well defensively to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Falcons Going For Second Win In Six Games

The Falcons played well this season but they struggled towards the end of the season and lost four of their final five games. They will be trying to end their slump and pick up a win over the Cardinals when they play on Thursday.

Bowling Green did well offensively, averaging 78.2 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.

Justin Turner leads the way for the Falcons with 18.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Dylan Frye is averaging 12.5 points and 2.5 assists per game, while Demajeo Wiggins is averaging 12.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

The Falcons haven’t fared as well on defense and are holding opponents to 72.8 points per game. They gave up 87.5 points per game in their last two games and will need to play significantly better if they don’t want to get bounced from the tournament by the Cardinals on Thursday.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Falcons have played well against the spread, winning eight of their last 11 games following an ATS win and four of their last five Thursday games. The Cardinals have struggled against the spread, losing seven of their last eight games and their last four games against teams with winning records.

Prediction: Bowling Green Falcons

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Cardinals have played under the total in their last four games and in their last five games following a straight up win. The Falcons have played under the total in 10 of their last 13 neutral site games and in seven of their last 10 games following a straight up loss.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick
Rating:

The Falcons will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Cardinals in the first half of their last three games, averaging 33.7 points per game while the Cardinals average 25 points per game.

Prediction: Bowling Green Falcons

Half-Time Total Bet
Rating:

The Cardinals and Falcons are averaging 58.7 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will stay under the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under

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