Mens Hoops Closes Home Stand with Bowling Green
February 15, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BALL STATE SPORTS RELEASE
The Ball State men’s basketball team will host Bowling Green at 4 p.m. Saturday as the back half of the Ball State Basketball Bonanza at Worthen Arena. The women’s team tips off the event with a game against Akron at noon.
The Cardinals (4-18, 1-10 MAC) will be playing their third game in a row at home, while Bowling Green (10-14, 4-7 MAC) is on the road for its second in a row.
Ball State vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. ET -- Worthen Arena (Muncie, Ind.)
• Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Joel Godett (play-by-play); David Eha (analyst)
• Radio (Student): Sports Link Radio (91.3 FM WCRD); Luke Martin (play-by-play); Sean Stewart (analyst) & Petar Hood (sidelines)
• Internet: Live video and audio available through the Ball State All Access package at ballstatesports.com; Live stats also available.
What You Need to Know
• Ball State wraps up a three-game home stand Saturday against Bowling Green. The Cardinals are coming off a 73-62 loss Wednesday to Eastern Michigan.
• Senior guard Jesse Berry, who scored 17 points and drilled five 3-pointers in the Eastern Michigan game, enters the Bowling Green contest two treys shy of tying Jauwan Scaife’s Ball State career record of 203.
• Ball State has been balanced offensively with four players averaging double figures: freshman Zavier Turner (12.5 ppg) and seniors Chris Bond (11.9), Majok Majok (10.8) and Jesse Berry (10.1).
• Majok is nearly averaging a double-double at 10.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. His rebounding average ranks 18th in the country.
• Turner is tied for ninth place on Ball State’s all-time freshman scoring list with 275 points this year.
• Freshmen have accounted for better than 40 percent of Ball State’s minutes and scoring, and the Cardinals have started three rookies for much of the year.
• Ken Pomeroy rates Ball State’s non-conference schedule No. 38 in the country and its overall schedule No. 76. The Cardinals have played only four teams all season outside the Pomeroy top 200.
• Ball State is playing its 93rd season of basketball and its first under head coach James Whitford.
Scouting Bowling Green
• Bowling Green (10-14, 4-7 MAC) has lost five of its past six games, but four of those losses have come by five points or fewer.
• The Falcons own league wins over some of the top teams in the MAC, including Buffalo (74-68) at home and Ohio (58-56) and Western Michigan (69-64) on the road.
• Bowling Green most recently suffered a 62-61 loss Wednesday at Kent State when the Golden Flashes drained a 3-pointer in the final second.
• Richaun Holmes leads Bowling Green with averages of 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game.
• Three other Bowling Green players are also averaging double-figure scoring: Jehvon Clarke (13.0 ppg), Spencer Parker (12.7) and Anthony Henderson (11.3).
• Bowling Green features the second-best scoring defense in the MAC, allowing 64.1 points per game.
The Series with Bowling Green
• Ball State and Bowling Green will be meeting for the 77th time with the Cardinals trailing 42-34 in the all-time series.
• Bowling Green won 19 of the first 23 meetings between the teams, but Ball State is 30-23 against the Falcons since the start of the 1984-85 season.
• Ball State owns a 24-13 advantage over Bowling Green in Muncie and has won 14 of the previous 18 matchups inside Worthen Arena.
• Bowling Green has won the past three meetings between the teams, including a 70-59 win last year in Bowling Green (Feb. 2, 2013).
• The Falcons also won the last meeting in Muncie, 61-54, on Feb. 8, 2012.