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From left: Jesse Berry, Tyler Koch, Majok Majok, Chris Bond and Kindon Crowder.
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MBB Hosts Central Michigan Saturday for Senior Day

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Release: February 28, 2014
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Saturday's Senior Day ceremony will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Game Information
Ball State vs. Central Michigan
Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. ET -- Worthen Arena (Muncie, Ind.)

Live Coverage
• 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); Petar Hood (play-by-play); Sean Stewart (analyst)
• 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 will honor its five seniors -- Jesse Berry, Chris Bond, Kindon Crowder, Tyler Koch and Majok Majok -- with a ceremony before Saturday’s game.
• The Cardinals and Central Michigan will be meeting for the second time in 11 days with the Chippewas having won the previous contest in triple overtime.
• Ball State has gone to overtime in two of its past three games and three of its past eight, including an 88-81 loss Wednesday to MAC leader Western Michigan.
• The Cardinals feature two 1,000 point scorers on the same team for the first time since 2001-02 with Berry at 1,215 and Bond at 1,017.
• Berry owns the school record for 3-pointers in a career with 217.
• Majok has averaged a double-double for much of the year and checks in at 10.5 points and 9.9 boards per game. His rebounding average ranks 18th in the country.
• Freshman guard Zavier Turner ranks sixth on Ball State’s all-time freshman scoring list with 324 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. 45 in the country. The Cardinals have played only five teams all season outside the Pomeroy top 200.

Scouting Central Michigan 
• Central Michigan (10-17, 3-12 MAC) has won two of its past three games, including a triple-overtime victory Feb. 19 over Ball State.
• The Chippewas are coming off a 64-42 loss Wednesday at Eastern Michigan.
• Guard Chris Fowler ranks third in the MAC at 17.6 points per game and adds 5.2 assists per game.
• Central Michigan leads the league with 8.0 made 3-pointers per game.
• The Chippewas are the second-highest scoring team in the league (73.4 ppg) but also allow the second most points (73.7).

The Series with Central Michigan 
• Ball State and Western Michigan will be meeting for the 92nd time with the Cardinals leading 59-32 in the all-time series.
• The teams each won on their home floor last year, and Central Michigan won the first meeting this year in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
• The Cardinals hold a 36-5 advantage over Western Michigan in Muncie, including a 19-2 mark inside Worthen Arena.

Last Time versus Central Michigan 
• Central Michigan rallied from seven points down in the final minute of regulation to defeat Ball State 101-95 in triple overtime Feb. 19.
• CMU’s Blake Hibbitts made three 3-pointers in the last 40 seconds of regulation to bring the Chippewas even, and Braylon Rayson scored 13 points in the decisive third OT.
• Ball State’s Chris Bond had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Zavier Turner scored 20 points, Jesse Berry 19 and Franko House 12.
• Rayson finished with a game-high 30 points.

Close Calls 
• Ball State has lost its past 10 games, but the Cardinals have led in the final 90 seconds of four of those contests.
• The Cardinals led 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 eight 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 Wednesday 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.

Thok Making Key Contributions 
Mading Thok entered Sunday’s game at Toledo with nine points on the season but has now scored 26 points over the past two games.
• Thok has posted career-high point totals in each of the past two games with 12 at Toledo and 14 Wednesday against Western Michigan.
• The 6-foot-11 center is 12 for 15 from the floor over the two games.
• The redshirt freshman has played 35 minutes over the past two games after playing just 47 minutes previously.

1,000-Point Club 
Chris Bond became the second Ball State player this season to join the 1,000-point club when he scored a career-high 22 Sunday at Toledo. He now has 1,017 career points.
Jesse Berry surpassed 1,000 points for his career Nov. 30 at Cleveland State. He now owns 1,215 career points to rank 20th 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.

Home and Away 
• Ball State has performed significantly better at home this season, winning four 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 -- 40.5 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 25.4 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 17.0 per game.
• Ball State has held its turnovers to 13.5 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.

Berry Breaks 3-Point Record 
• Senior guard Jesse Berry broke the Ball State career record for 3-pointers Feb. 15 against Bowling Green.
• He now owns 217 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 (635).

Bond Having His Best Season Yet 
• Senior forward Chris Bond is averaging a career-high 12.8 points per game in his final season. His 14.4 points-per-game average in MAC play ranks ninth in the league.
• He posted back-to-back career-highs last week with 21 points Feb. 19 at Central Michigan and 22 points Feb. 23 at Toledo.
• Bond has reached double figures in 16 of the past 18 games and has notched at least 16 points in a game eight times this season.

Ball State’s Iron Man 
Chris Bond has made 57 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 95 games in his career, including all 84 in which he has played over the past three seasons.

Bond Keeping Good Company 
Chris Bond now owns career totals of 1,017 points, 591 rebounds and 145 steals.
• He is only the second player in Ball State history with at least 800 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 18th nationally in rebounding at 9.9 boards per game. Among MAC players, only Buffalo’s Javon McCrea (10.1) is averaging more.
• Majok owns 15 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 nearly averaging a double-double at 10.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Only 15 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 eight double-doubles on the year and 17 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.

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 13 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.

Turner from Beyond the Arc    
Zavier Turner ranks second in the MAC in 3-point percentage (.435) and fourth in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.2).
• Turner has hit at least three 3-pointers in 12 of the Cardinals’ 26 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 (3.6, 6th), minutes per game (32.9, 6th) and points per game (12.5, 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 324 points rank sixth on the list, 20 shy of Randy Boarden (1975-76) for fifth.
• Turner ranks second on the team at 12.5 points per game and has reached double figures 18 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.

Cardinals Excel on the Boards    
• One of Ball State’s biggest strengths this season has been rebounding.
• The Cardinals own a +3.5 average rebounding margin for the season, which ranks second in the MAC behind only Northern Illinois (+5.3).
• The Cardinals have outrebounded 11 of their 15 MAC opponents.

Youth and Experience 
• Ball State’s lineup this season is heavy on both experience and youth.
• There are only two scholarship players on the Cardinals’ roster outside the freshman and senior classes, so those two classes account for the majority of the minutes on the floor.
• Ball State’s freshmen have stepped in to make an immediate impact, accounting for more than 40 percent of the team’s minutes and scoring.

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