Ohio takes on Ball State in MAC Tournament

Ball State Cardinals (14-16, 9-10 MAC) vs. Ohio Bobcats (23-8, 14-6 MAC)

Cleveland; Thursday, 6:30 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTS LINE LINE: Ohio -7.5; plus/minus is 146.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Ohio Bobcats and Ball State Cardinals meet in the MAC Tournament.

The Bobcats are 15-2 at home. Ohio ranks fifth in the MAC with 30.4 points per game in the paint led by Jason Carter with an average of 2.5.

The Cardinals are 9-10 in MAC play. Ball State is fourth in the MAC with 32.6 rebounds per game led by Payton Sparks with an 8.3 average.

The teams are playing each other for the second time this season. Ohio won the final game 87-63 on February 2. Carter scored 18 points to help lead Ohio to victory, and Jalen Windham scored 17 points for Ball State.

TOP PERFORMERS: Mark Sears is averaging 19.4 points per game and averaging 5.8 rebounds for the Bobcats. Ben Vander Plas is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over Ohio’s last 10 games.

Sparks is averaging 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Cardinals. Miryne Thomas is averaging 9.4 points over the last 10 games for Ball State.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bobcats: 5-5, averaged 67.7 points, 27.4 rebounds, 12.9 assists, 6.3 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 37.8 percent from the field . Their opponents are averaging 72.7 points per game.

Cardinals: 4-6, averaged 67.4 points, 32.7 rebounds, 11.4 assists, 7.8 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 41.0 percent from the field. Their opponents average 69.9 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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