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Ball State at Eastern Michigan
Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. ET – Convocation Center (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
• Television: Ball State Sports Network; Vince Welch (play-by-play); Jerry Peirson (analyst). Affiliates: WIPB-TV (Muncie), HTSN, Comcast 247, Brighthouse 410 (Indianapolis), WHME 46 (South Bend), WANE 15.2 (Fort Wayne), WJTS 18 (Jasper)
• Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Joel Godett (play-by-play); David Eha (analyst)
• Internet: Live video and audio available through the Ball State All Access package at ballstatesports.com; Live stats available at emueagles.com
What You Need to Know
• Ball State (5-22, 2-14 MAC) plays the first of two straight road games to close the season Tuesday, visiting Eastern Michigan for the second meeting between the teams this season.
• The Cardinals snapped a 10-game losing streak Saturday with a 74-71 win over Central Michigan on Senior Day.
• Ball State would be the No. 12 seed in the MAC Tournament if it started today and is one game behind Central Michigan for the No. 11 seed.
• The Cardinals feature two 1,000 point scorers on the same team for the first time since 2001-02 with Jesse Berry at 1,235 and Bond at 1,027.
• Berry, who is averaging 18.3 points per game over the past six contests, owns the school record for 3-pointers in a career with 221.
• Majok Majok is one of 16 players in the country averaging a double-double at 10.6 points and 10.1 boards per game. His rebounding average is 17th in the country.
• Freshman guard Zavier Turner ranks sixth on Ball State’s all-time freshman scoring list with 336 points.
• Freshmen have accounted for better than 40 percent of Ball State’s minutes and scoring, and the Cardinals started three rookies for much of the year.
• Ken Pomeroy rates Ball State’s non-conference schedule No. 47 in the country. The Cardinals have played only six teams all season outside the Pomeroy top 200.
Scouting Eastern Michigan
• Eastern Michigan (17-12, 9-7 MAC) won two home games last week, defeating Central Michigan (64-42) and Northern Illinois (56-52).
• Karrington Ward leads the Eagles with 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Da’Shonte Riley leads the MAC at 2.9 blocks per game.
• Eastern Michigan owns the top scoring defense (61.4 ppg) and the top field goal percentage defense (.362) in the MAC.
• The Eagles also lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.295), blocks per game (6.1) and steals per game (8.7).
The Series with Eastern Michigan
• Ball State and Eastern Michigan will be meeting for the 95th time with the Cardinals leading 54-40 in the all-time series.
• The teams split two meetings last season with each team winning on the road, and Eastern Michigan won the first meeting this year in Muncie.
• The Cardinals hold a 27-18 advantage against EMU in Ypsilanti, Mich., and have won three of their past five road trips in the series.
Last Time versus Eastern Michigan
• Eastern Michigan earned a 73-62 win over Ball State in Muncie on Feb. 12.
• Ball State made 10 3-pointers, but the Cardinals committed 21 turnovers and struggled to get good looks in the paint.
• Eastern Michigan muscled its way to the foul line where the Eagles made 15 more free throws (25) than Ball State attempted (10).
• Jesse Berry led Ball State with 17 points, while Raven Lee paced Eastern Michigan with 24.
If the Tournament Started Today
• Ball State would be the No. 12 seed in the MAC Tournament if it started today. The Cardinals would play a first-round road game against the No. 5 seed, which would be Ohio at the moment.
• Ball State could still claim the No. 11 seed if it catches Central Michigan in the standings. The Cardinals trail the Chippewas by one game with two to play.
• Ball State and Central Michigan have split their two head-to-head meetings and would have the same record against division opponents if they wound up tied, but the Cardinals would win the tiebreaker based on their win over MAC co-leader Buffalo.
• The tournament starts March 10 on campus sites and continues March 12-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sharing the Ball
• In its two games last week, Ball State recorded 38 assists on 52 made baskets and had a 1.4 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio as a team.
• The Cardinals racked up a season-high 21 assists to 16 turnovers in Wednesday’s overtime loss to Western Michigan. They logged 17 assists to 12 turnovers in Saturday’s win over Central Michigan.
• It was the first time since the second and third games of the season that Ball State had more assists than turnovers in two straight contests.
• The 21 assists against Western Michigan were the most by a Ball State team since a Dec. 3, 2011 game at UT Martin (22).
Berry Finding Form
• After struggling with his shooting touch through the first two-thirds of the season, Jesse Berry has returned to form over the past three weeks.
• Berry has averaged 18.3 points per game over the past six games, scoring between 17 and 20 in all six, while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from 3-point range.
• Over the first 21 games of the season, Berry averaged 9.8 points on 31.5 percent shooting and 26.8 percent from beyond the arc.
• Ball State’s win Saturday snapped a 10-game losing streak, but the Cardinals were on the verge of winning at least four of those games.
• The Cardinals led in the final 90 seconds against Northern Illinois (3 points, Feb. 1), Bowling Green (3 points, Feb. 15), Central Michigan (7 points, Feb. 19) and Western Michigan (1 point, Feb. 26) but came up short in all four, including three in overtime.
• The Cardinals were within five points or fewer in the closing minutes the first time against Western Michigan (Jan. 26) and twice against Toledo (Feb. 8 and Feb. 23) but came up short against both.
Cardinals Playing Extra Time
• Ball State has gone to overtime in three of its past nine games after not playing an overtime game in nearly three full seasons.
• The Cardinals’ Feb. 1 overtime loss to Northern Illinois was their first overtime game since March 10, 2011 -- a span of 1,060 days.
• Ball State then played three overtimes Feb. 19 at Central Michigan and one overtime Feb. 26 against Western Michigan.
• The triple-overtime game at Central Michigan was just the fifth in Ball State history and the first since the 2000 season.
Home and Away
• Ball State has performed better at home this season, winning five games at Worthen Arena and having chances late in several others.
• The Cardinals’ shooting numbers have been virtually the same no matter where they play -- 40.6 percent at home and 40.7 percent on the road.
• The biggest difference has come on the defensive end of the floor, where Ball State is allowing opponents to shoot 50.2 percent overall and 40.3 percent from 3-point range on the road.
• At home, the Cardinals are holding opponents to 42.7 percent shooting and 26.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Turnovers Telling the Story
• Ball State has been prone to high turnover numbers this season.
• The Cardinals are turning the ball over more than any team in the MAC at 16.8 per game.
• Ball State has held its turnovers to 13.2 per game in its wins compared to 17.6 in its losses.
• The Cardinals turned it over a season-low 10 times in the Jan. 3 victory over Oakland City and a season-worst 23 times in the Dec. 17 loss at Marquette.
• Chris Bond became the second Ball State player this season to join the 1,000-point club when he scored a career-high 22 Feb. 8 at Toledo. He now has 1,027 career points.
• Jesse Berry surpassed 1,000 points for his career Nov. 30 at Cleveland State. He now owns 1,235 career points to rank 19th on the Cardinals’ all-time scoring list.
• A total of 28 players in program history have reached 1,000 points.
• This is the first time the Cardinals have had two 1,000-point scorers on the same team since Theron Smith and Patrick Jackson in 2001-02.
All-Time 3-Point Leader
• Senior guard Jesse Berry broke the Ball State career record for 3-pointers Feb. 15 against Bowling Green.
• He now owns 221 treys, surpassing the previous record of 203 held by former teammate Jauwan Scaife (2009-13).
• Berry also owns the school record for career 3’s attempted (643).
Bond Having His Best Season Yet
• Senior forward Chris Bond is averaging a career-high 12.7 points per game in his final season. His 14.1 points-per-game average in MAC play ranks ninth in the league.
• He posted back-to-back career-highs with 21 points Feb. 19 at Central Michigan and 22 points Feb. 23 at Toledo.
• Bond has reached double figures in 17 of the past 19 games and has notched at least 16 points in a game eight times this season.
Ball State’s Iron Man
• Chris Bond has made 58 consecutive starts dating back to the last game of the 2011-12 season.
• Bond is the only Ball State player to start every game this season and was one of only two (Jauwan Scaife) to start all 30 a year ago.
• He has started 96 games in his career, including all 85 in which he has played over the past three seasons.
Bond Keeping Good Company
• Chris Bond now owns career totals of 1,027 points, 599 rebounds and 146 steals.
• He is only the second player in Ball State history with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 125 steals in a career.
• Bonzi Wells (1994-98) is the other. He ended his career with 2,485 points, 843 rebounds and 347 steals.
Majok One of the Nation’s Best on the Boards
• Senior center Majok Majok ranks second in the MAC and 17th nationally in rebounding at 10.1 boards per game. Buffalo’s Javon McCrea has one more total rebound than Majok for the MAC lead.
• Majok owns 16 double-digit rebounding games this season, including a career-best 18-rebound effort Jan. 3 against Oakland City.
• Majok led the MAC last year and ranked 18th nationally at 9.8 rebounds per game.
Majok Majok’s Double-Doubles
• Majok Majok is averaging a double-double at 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Only 16 players in the country are averaging a double-double.
• The last Cardinal to average a double-double in a season was Theron Smith, who tallied 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 2001-02.
• Majok owns nine double-doubles on the year and 18 for his two-year Ball State career.
• With 25 points and 18 rebounds in the non-conference finale versus Oakland City, Majok became the first Ball State player with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a game since 2005.
Turner from Beyond the Arc
• Freshman point guard Zavier Turner ranks second in the MAC in 3-point percentage (.426) and sixth in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.1).
• Turner has hit at least three 3-pointers in 12 of the Cardinals’ 27 games, including a career-high four on four separate occasions.
More Turner Rankings
• Zavier Turner also ranks in the top 20 in the MAC in free throw percentage (.880, 2nd), assists per game (3.7, 6th), minutes per game (32.9, 7th) and points per game (12.4, 18th).
• He leads MAC freshmen in each of those categories (including the ones in the previous note).
Historical View of Turner’s Numbers
• Zavier Turner is climbing Ball State’s all-time chart for scoring by a freshman. His 336 points rank sixth on the list, eight shy of Randy Boarden (1975-76) for fifth.
• Turner ranks second on the team at 12.4 points per game and has reached double figures 19 times.
• Earlier this season, Turner became the first Cardinal with at least 17 points and at least four assists in the first three games of a season since Larry Bullington in 1973-74 and just the second to accomplish the feat since Ball State began tracking assists in 1973.
• He became the first Ball State freshman with at least 17 points in the first three games of a season since Jim Fields in 1975-76 and just the second since freshmen became eligible for varsity competition in 1972.
Persistent Crowder Gets His Chance
• Walk-on guard Kindon Crowder scored a career-high 10 points in 16 minutes Feb. 12 against Eastern Michigan, nearly doubling his previous season total of 11 points.
• He played a career-high 23 minutes in the Feb. 19 triple-overtime game at Central Michigan.
• Crowder, a former team manager, has seen action in 14 games.
• He played high school basketball his freshman year at St. Francis de Sales in Chicago but did not play his final three seasons at Munster High School in Indiana.
Cardinals Excel on the Boards
• One of Ball State’s biggest strengths this season has been rebounding.
• The Cardinals own a +3.7 average rebounding margin for the season, which ranks second in the MAC behind only Northern Illinois (+4.8).
• The Cardinals have outrebounded 12 of their 16 MAC opponents.