Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cardinals and Golden Gophers. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on B1G+, and it's hosted by the Golden Gophers at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 141.5 points, with the Golden Gophers being the favored team playing at home against the Cardinals.

BALL STATE CARDINALS VS MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Ball State Cardinals +12

This game will be played at Williams Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.

WHY BET THE BALL STATE CARDINALS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Gophers.
  • Even though we have Minnesota winning straight-up, we like Ball State at +12.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Cardinals Offense Score Enough in Minneapolis?

Ball State has a record of 8-3 and will be playing their 12th game of the season. This season, Ball State has gone 1-3 as the road team and 4-0 at home. Ball State has a positive ATS record, sitting above .500 at 6-2. Over their last five games, the team has gone 4-1 vs. the spread.

Through 11 games, Ball State has an over/under record of 3-5-0 with their games averaging a combined 141.4 points per game so far. The Cardinals have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 143 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

In their latest game, Ball State offense put up 72 points against Indiana State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.3% and made 11 threes. Basheer Jihad is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today's matchup with an average of 18.5. Meanwhile, Jalin Anderson also brings a PPG average of 15.4 into the game.

Coming into today's game, the Ball State defense is giving up an average of 64.9 points per contest. Ball State's three-point defense is currently 61st in the country at 5.7 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.7% of their shots vs. Ball State.

Can the Golden Gophers Offense Score Enough at Home?

After playing 11 games, Minnesota's overall record stands at 8-3. The Golden Gophers have yet to win a game on the road, going 0-2, but are 5-1 at home. Against the spread, Minnesota has a current record of 5-2-1. In their last five games, they are a perfect 5-0 vs. the spread.

So far, Minnesota's games have averaged 147.8 points per game with the average over/under line being 144.6 points. The Golden Gophers' last five games have culminated with an average of 152 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

In contrast to their season average of 80.5 points per game, the Minnesota had a below average performance. They scored 74 points against Ohio State and had a field goal percentage of 48.3%. The top scorer for the Golden Gophers was Dawson Garcia with 36 points, while Cam Christie also added 11 to the scoreboard.

At this time, the Golden Gophers' defense is positioned 59th in the country, permitting 65.3 points per game. In their most recent game, the Minnesota defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Ohio State knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 84 points.