Cardinals Head to Toledo for Sunday Menís Hoops
Ball State at Toledo
Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. -- Savage Arena (Toledo, Ohio)
• Television: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel/Comcast Indiana 81/ESPN3; Michael Reghi (play-by-play); Tony White (analyst)
• Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Jeff Weller (play-by-play); David Eha (Analyst)
• Internet: Live audio available through the Ball State All Access package at ballstatesports.com; Live stats at utrockets.com.
What You Need to Know
• Ball State (4-20, 1-12 MAC) visits Toledo on Sunday for the second meeting between the teams this month.
• The Cardinals are looking to bounce back from a triple-overtime loss Wednesday at Central Michigan.
• Senior forward Chris Bond, who leads Ball State with 13.8 points per game, is 19 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
• Senior guard Jesse Berry joined Ball State’s 1,000-point club earlier this season and owns the school record for 3-pointers in a career with 209.
• Senior center Majok Majok is one of 16 players in the country averaging a double-double at 10.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. His rebounding average ranks 18th in the country.
• Freshman guard Zavier Turner leads the Cardinals at 12.5 points per game and ranks seventh on Ball State’s all-time freshman scoring list with 300 points this year.
• 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. 40 in the country. The Cardinals have played only five 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.
• Toledo (22-4, 10-3 MAC) owns the best overall record in the MAC and sits tied with Western Michigan atop the West Division standings.
• The Rockets, rated No. 30 in the latest RPI, are a perfect 12-0 at home this season.
• Toledo is coming off a 60-58 win at Bowling Green courtesy of a game-winning jumper from Rian Pearson in the final seconds.
• Julius Brown leads Toledo with 14.8 points per game and tops the MAC at 6.3 assists per game.
• Pearson (14.1 ppg), Justin Drummond (13.8) and J.D. Weatherspoon (11.1) are also averaging double-figure scoring.
• Toledo leads the MAC and ranks 19th nationally in scoring average at 80.8 points per game.
The Series with Toledo
• Ball State and Toledo will be meeting for the 85th
time with the Cardinals trailing 44-40 in the all-time series.
• The teams split two contests last season, and Toledo won the first meeting this year in Muncie.
• The Rockets hold a 27-12 advantage over Ball State in games played in Toledo.
• A complete series history is available on page 9.
Last Time versus Toledo
• Toledo beat Ball State on Feb. 8 in Muncie, 80-73.
• The Cardinals rallied from double-digit deficits twice and were within a single possession in the final minute but could not get over the hump.
• Rian Pearson’s fade-away jumper with 28 seconds to play sealed it for the Rockets.
• Pearson led all scorers with 20 points.
• Zavier Turner led Ball State with 19 points, and Majok Majok had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
• Ball State’s non-conference strength of schedule is ranked No. 40 in the country by Ken Pomeroy.
• The Cardinals have played only five teams all year rated outside Pomeroy’s top 200.
• Chris Bond needs 19 more points to reach 1,000 for his career and become the second Ball State player to achieve the milestone this season.
• Jesse Berry surpassed 1,000 points for his career Nov. 30 at Cleveland State. He now owns 1,181 career points to rank 22nd on the Cardinals’ all-time scoring list.
• Berry became the 27th member of Ball State’s 1,000-point club.
Cardinals Playing Extra Time
• Ball State has gone to overtime in two of its past six 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 just 18 days later in Wednesday’s loss at Central Michigan.
• It was just the fifth triple-overtime game in Ball State history and the first since the 2000 season.
• Ball State has lost its past eight games, but the Cardinals have been right there in five of those contests.
• The Cardinals held leads in the final 90 seconds against Northern Illinois (3 points), Bowling Green (3 points) and Central Michigan (7 points) but came up short in all three, including two in overtime.
• Ball State was also in games late against Toledo and Western Michigan. The Cardinals were within three points of the Rockets and five of the Broncos in the final minute but came up short against both.
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 -- 39.9 percent at home and 40.2 percent on the road.
• The biggest difference has come on the defensive end of the floor, where Ball State is allowing opponents to shoot 49.7 percent overall and 40.0 percent from 3-point range on the road.
• At home, the Cardinals are holding opponents to 42.5 percent shooting and 25.3 percent from beyond the arc.
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 third in the MAC behind only Toledo (+4.7) and Northern Illinois (+4.1).
• In league play, Ball State has a +3.1 average rebounding margin, which ranks fourth in the conference.
• The Cardinals have outrebounded nine of their 13 MAC opponents.
• Ball State held a 39-33 advantage against Toledo (Feb. 8), which leads the league in rebounding margin.
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 17.8 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 209 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 (617).
Bond Having His Best Season Yet
• Senior forward Chris Bond is averaging a career-high 12.3 points per game in his final season for the Cardinals.
• Bond has reached double figures in 14 of the past 16 games and is leading the Cardinals in conference play at 13.8 points per game.
• He has scored at least 16 points seven times this season, including a career-high 21 points Wednesday at Central Michigan.
Ball State’s Iron Man
• Chris Bond has made 55 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 93 games in his career, including all 82 in which he has played over the past three seasons.
Bond Keeping Good Company
• Chris Bond now owns career totals of 981 points, 573 rebounds and 142 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 10.0 boards per game. Among MAC players, only Buffalo’s Javon McCrea (10.2) 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 one of 16 players in the country averaging a double-double at 10.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
• 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 Wednesday’s triple-overtime game at Central Michigan.
• Crowder, a former team manager, has seen action in 13 games, including 12 of the past 17.
• 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 (.426) and fourth in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.2).
• Turner has hit at least three 3-pointers in 11 of the Cardinals’ 24 games, including a career-high four against Marquette and Miami.
More Turner Rankings
• Zavier Turner also ranks in the top 20 in the MAC in free throw percentage (.886, 2nd), assists per game (3.5, 6th), minutes per game (32.6, 6th) and points per game (12.5, 17th).
• 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 300 points rank seventh on the list, five shy of Jauwan Scaife (2009-10) for sixth.
• Turner leads Ball State with 12.5 points per game and has scored double figures a team-high 17 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.
Alstork’s Big Night at Kent State
• Jan. 11 at Kent State, freshman guard Mark Alstork became the first player since 2008 to lead Ball State in points, rebounds and assists in a game. Alstork finished with career highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds and matched his career best with five assists.
• The last Ball State player to accomplish the feat was Peyton Stovall on Jan. 16, 2008 against Western Michigan. Stovall led the team with 18 points and tied for team-high honors with seven boards and one assist.
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.