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The Ball State Cardinals will look to continue their home success when they face the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks in nonconference action in Muncie, Ind., on Saturday. The Cardinals (0-1), who were beaten at Georgia Southern 82-71 on Tuesday, have won their last three home openers and were 7-4 at John Worthen Arena a season ago. The Mavericks (1-0), who topped Hastings 67-57 in their opener, were just 3-12 on the road in 2020-21. This is the first meeting between the teams.

The game is scheduled to begin at noon ET. Omaha averaged 67.3 points per game last season, while Ball State averaged 74.7. The Cardinals are 9.5-point favorites in the latest Ball State vs. Omaha odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 147.5. Before making any Omaha vs. Ball State picks, make sure you check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has broken down Omaha vs. Ball State from every angle and released its coveted CBB picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines trends for Omaha vs. Ball State:

  • Omaha vs. Ball State spread: Ball State -9.5 
  • Omaha vs. Ball State over-under: 146.5 points 
  • Omaha vs. Ball State money line: Omaha +360, Ball State -475
  • NO: The Mavericks are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall 
  • BSU: The Cardinals are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games as a home favorite
Featured Game | Ball State Cardinals vs. Nebraska Omaha Mavericks

Why Ball State can cover

Junior guard Tyler Cochran, a transfer from Northern Illinois, is expected to make an impact on the Cardinals' offense this season. He got his feet wet with his new team in the season opener, scoring seven points and grabbing six rebounds. Cochran was one of Northern Illinois' leading scorers a year ago, averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 12 games, including 11 starts. He was one of only four MAC players to average 15 points and seven rebounds.

Also expected to play a big role for the Cardinals is freshman guard Jaylin Sellers. In 24 minutes against Georgia Southern, he scored nine points on 4 of 8 shooting, including 1 of 3 from 3-point range. Sellers from Columbus, Ga., was a two-time all-state honoree in Georgia before transferring to Carver Montgomery High School in Montgomery, Ala. He played AAU ball with Team Carrol Premier.

Why Omaha can cover 

The Mavericks return eight letterwinners and two starters – sophomore guard La'Mel Robinson and senior forward Wanjang Tut - from last year's team. Robinson averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and one steal over 24 games in 2020-21. He made 11 starts and scored in double figures in 11 games. He posted a career-high 23 points at South Dakota on Jan. 30, finishing 9-for-14 from the floor with three 3-pointers.

Tut started all 20 games and averaged 8.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Tut recorded six double-figure scoring performances, including two 20-plus point games. His best game was at Wyoming, scoring 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting with nine rebounds, four blocks and one assist. His four blocks matched his career high.

How to make Omaha vs. Ball State picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 146 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's Ball State vs. Nebraska-Omaha pick at SportsLine

So who wins Omaha vs. Ball State? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Omaha vs. Ball State spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up $2,200 on its college basketball picks the last five years, and find out.