6:02 pm
January 14

Buffalo @ Ball State

Who will WIN this matchup?

Buffalo Bulls (8-6)

@ Ball State Cardinals (7-8)


Current odds:

Buffalo Bulls: (-300)

Ball State Cardinals: (+230)


• The line for this game is Buffalo by 6.5 points.

• Both Buffalo and Ball State are 2-2 in league play as the Bulls are coming off a 78-64 victory in the first leg of this two-game road trip at Western Michigan.

• The Bulls placed five players in double figures in that contest, led by 17 points from senior Ronaldo Segu. Segu has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and he is averaging 19.3 points per game in MAC play.

• Buffalo has won three straight meetings against Ball State, including sweeping the season series last year, winning those two games by an average of 18.5 points. Senior Josh Mballa, who returned to the lineup after missing two games, was absolutely unstoppable against Ball State last year, average 20.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in the two games.

• UB is led by Jeenathan Williams who is averaging 18.2 points per game. Renaldo Segu is second on the team with 16.4 points per contest. Josh Mballa is third with 15.0 points per game, while Maceo Jack rounds out the double-digit scoring with 10.2 per contest. Segu is averaging 5.1 assists per game, which is tied for 33rd in the NCAA and leads the MAC. Mballa has a team-high 8.1 rebounds per contest, leads the squad with 21 steals, and has a team-best 11 blocks.

• This will be the 36th all-time meeting between the two schools with the Bulls holding a 19-16 lead.  Buffalo has won four of the last five meetings in Muncie.

• Bumbalough continues to pace the Cardinal attack with 12.7 points per game. Sparks is second on the team averaging 11.4, while Cochran is averaging 11.2 per contest. Bumbalough has a team-high 49 assists, while Jacobs is second with 38. Sparks continues to be a vital cog in BSU rebounding with 6.5 per game. Sparks, Thomas, and Basheer Jihad are tied for the team lead in blocks with six each. Cochran sits at the top of the steal category for Ball State with 29, while Jacobs has 13.

StreakSmarter Pick
Buffalo Bulls