Menís Hoops Set for MAC Tourney Opener at Ohio
Ball State at Ohio
(MAC Tournament First Round)
Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. ET -- Convocation Center (Athens, Ohio)
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What You Need to Know
• Ball State (5-24, 2-16 MAC), the No. 12 seed, will open MAC Tournament play Monday at No. 5 seed Ohio with the winner advancing to Wednesday’s second round in Cleveland.
• The Cardinals and Bobcats met once during the regular season with Ohio winning 71-51 on its home court Jan. 15.
• Ball State closed the regular season Saturday with a 70-56 loss at Northern Illinois despite a career-high 19 points from freshman forward Franko House.
• The Cardinals feature two 1,000-point scorers on the same team for the first time since 2001-02 with Jesse Berry at 1,247 and Chris Bond at 1,043.
• Berry owns the school record for 3-pointers in a career with 222.
• Majok Majok is one of 15 players in the country averaging a double-double at 11.1 points and 10.1 boards per game. His rebounding average is 15th in the country.
• Freshman guard Zavier Turner ranks fourth on Ball State’s all-time freshman scoring list with 348 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.
• Ball State challenged itself with a non-league schedule that is rated No. 39 in the country by Ken Pomeroy.
• The Cardinals are playing their 93rd season of basketball and their first under head coach James Whitford.
• Ohio (21-10, 11-7 MAC) won two road games last week -- at Bowling Green (72-61) and at Miami University (82-76 in OT) -- to secure the No. 5 seed.
• The Bobcats finished third in the MAC East Division, two games behind division champ Buffalo.
• Ohio leads the league in 3-point percentage during MAC play (.365) and ranks second in 3-pointers per game (7.9).
• Nick Kellogg owns more 3’s (74) than any MAC player and leads Ohio with 15.3 points per game.
• Maurice Ndour averages 14.4 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game for the Bobcats.
The Series with Ohio
• Ball State and Ohio will be meeting for the 76th time with the Cardinals trailing 42-33 in the series.
• The Bobcats own a 25-10 advantage over the Cardinals in Athens, Ohio.
• Ohio has won the past three meetings, including one in Athens earlier this season, but Ball State won the last time the teams played in the MAC Tournament (2011 quarterfinals).
• The Cardinals are 7-2 all-time against the Bobcats in the MAC Tournament.
Last Time versus Ohio
• Ball State shot 32.6 percent from the floor and a season-worst 16.7 percent from 3-point range in a 71-51 loss Jan. 15 at Ohio.
• Chris Bond led the Cardinals with 14 points and Majok Majok had a game-high 10 rebounds.
• Maurice Ndour led Ohio with 16 points, including 12 in the second half, but Ball State limited Nick Kellogg to only five points.
• It was a six-point game at the half before the Bobcats opened it up.
Ball State vs. Ohio in the MAC Tournament
• Ball State owns a 7-2 record all-time against Ohio in MAC Tournament play. The Cardinals’ seven victories over the Bobcats are the most they have over any team.
• There is no other opponent Ball State has played more often in the MAC Tournament. The Cardinals have also played Miami University nine times, going 5-4 against the RedHawks.
• Ball State and Ohio will be meeting in the tournament for the third time in the past five years.
• Ohio defeated the Cardinals in a first-round game in Muncie in 2010, and Ball State returned the favor in 2011 with an overtime victory over the Bobcats in the quarterfinals in Cleveland.
• Ball State has played Ohio somewhere along the way in five of its seven runs to the MAC Tournament championship (1981, 1986, 1989, 1990 and 2000).
HEAD-TO-HEAD TOURNAMENT RESULTS
1981 (Quarterfinals): #2 Ball State 85, #7 Ohio 70 (Muncie, Ind.)
1986 (Semifinals): #3 Ball State 93, #2 Ohio 69 (Rockford, Ill.)
1989 (Quarterfinals): #1 Ball State 62, #8 Ohio 46 (Toledo, Ohio)
1990 (Quarterfinals): #1 Ball State 77, #8 Ohio 70 (Detroit)
1994 (Semifinals): #1 Ohio 79, #4 Ball State 70 (Columbus, Ohio)
1996 (Quarterfinals): #5 Ball State 86, #4 Ohio 80 (Athens, Ohio)
2000 (Semifinals): #2 Ball State 70, #6 Ohio 67 (Cleveland)
2010 (First Round): #9 Ohio 85, #8 Ball State 77 (Muncie, Ind.)
2011 (Quarterfinals): #4 Ball State 76, #5 Ohio 73 (OT) (Cleveland)
The MAC Tournament Road
• Under the MAC Tournament format established three years ago, teams seeded fifth through 12th must win five games in six days to claim the tournament championship.
• The winner of the Ball State-Ohio game will advance to the second round Wednesday in Cleveland to meet the winner of a first-round game between No. 8 seed Miami University and No. 9 seed Kent State.
• The top two seeds -- Western Michigan and Toledo -- have byes straight through to the semifinals, while the No. 3 and 4 seeds -- Buffalo and Akron -- have byes into the third round.
Success by Low Seeds
• Under the current tournament format, teams seeded 11th or 12th have gone 3-0 in the first round.
• In 2012, No. 12 Northern Illinois beat No. 5 Eastern Michigan and No. 11 Central Michigan defeated No. 6 Bowling Green.
• In 2013, No. 11 Miami University beat No. 6 Bowling Green. (There was no No. 12 seed in 2013 because Toledo was ineligible for the postseason, so the tournament had only 11 teams.)
• Ball State finished 2-16 in conference play, but the Cardinals were on the verge of winning a number of other 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 11 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 anywhere -- 40.6 percent at home and 40.5 percent on the road.
• The biggest difference has come on the defensive end of the floor, where Ball State is allowing opponents to shoot 49.0 percent overall and 39.5 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.
• 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 1,043 career points.
• Jesse Berry surpassed 1,000 points for his career Nov. 30 at Cleveland State. He now owns 1,247 career points to rank 18th 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.
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 16.9 per game.
• Ball State has held its turnovers to 13.2 per game in its wins compared to 17.7 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.
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 222 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 (653).
Bond Having His Best Season Yet
• Senior forward Chris Bond is averaging a career-high 12.3 points per game in his final season. His 13.4 points-per-game average in MAC play ranks 11th 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 had his streak of 10 straight double-figure games snapped Saturday at Northern Illinois. He 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 60 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 98 games in his career, including all 87 in which he has played over the past three seasons.
Bond Keeping Good Company
• Chris Bond now owns career totals of 1,043 points, 607 rebounds and 147 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 15th nationally in rebounding at 10.1 boards per game.
• Majok owns 17 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 11.1 points and 10.1 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 10 double-doubles on the year and 19 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 fourth in the MAC in 3-point percentage (.418) and seventh in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.0).
• Turner has hit at least three 3-pointers in 12 of the Cardinals’ 29 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 (.875, 3rd), assists per game (3.6, 6th), minutes per game (32.6, 9th) and points per game (12.0, 19th).
• 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 348 points rank fourth on the list, 29 shy of Theron Smith (1999-2000) for third.
• Turner ranks second on the team at 12.0 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 16 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 in on the glass. The Cardinals own a +3.7 average rebounding margin, which ranks second in the MAC behind only Northern Illinois (+4.6).
• Ball State has outrebounded 13 of its 18 MAC opponents and has not been outrebounded in the past six games.