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Western Michigan @ Ball State

Current Records: Western Michigan 4-15; Ball State 9-10

What to Know

Get ready for a Mid-American battle as the Western Michigan Broncos and the Ball State Cardinals will face off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at John E. Worthen Arena. Ball State should still be feeling good after a victory, while WMU will be looking to get back in the win column.

On Tuesday, the Broncos lost to the Kent State Golden Flashes on the road by a decisive 75-64 margin.

Meanwhile, Ball State was able to grind out a solid win over the Northern Illinois Huskies on Thursday, winning 74-67.

WMU is expected to lose this next one by 9.5. The smart bettors have been the ones to keep their money on Western Michigan's opponents whenever they hit the road.

WMU is now 4-15 while the Cardinals sit at 9-10. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Broncos are stumbling into the matchup with the 11th most points allowed per game in college basketball, having given up 77.7 on average. Ball State has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 19th worst in college basketball in points allowed per game, with 76.2 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: John E. Worthen Arena -- Muncie, Indiana
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Cardinals are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Broncos, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cardinals as a 9-point favorite.

Over/Under: -107

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Series History

Ball State have won eight out of their last 12 games against Western Michigan.

  • Dec 22, 2020 - Ball State 76 vs. Western Michigan 68
  • Feb 25, 2020 - Ball State 71 vs. Western Michigan 61
  • Feb 08, 2020 - Western Michigan 68 vs. Ball State 64
  • Mar 02, 2019 - Ball State 60 vs. Western Michigan 58
  • Feb 09, 2019 - Ball State 79 vs. Western Michigan 59
  • Feb 23, 2018 - Western Michigan 87 vs. Ball State 80
  • Jan 13, 2018 - Western Michigan 73 vs. Ball State 58
  • Mar 09, 2017 - Ball State 66 vs. Western Michigan 63
  • Feb 25, 2017 - Western Michigan 80 vs. Ball State 55
  • Jan 28, 2017 - Ball State 84 vs. Western Michigan 78
  • Feb 06, 2016 - Ball State 75 vs. Western Michigan 71
  • Jan 12, 2016 - Ball State 74 vs. Western Michigan 64