Bowling Green (10-14) at Ball State (4-18)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 15, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John E. Worthen Arena (11,500) -- Muncie, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: Bowling Green 6-6, Ball State 4-7. Away Record: Bowling Green 3-7, Ball State 0-11. Neutral Record: Bowling Green 1-1, Ball State 0-0. Conference Record: Bowling Green 4-7, Ball State 1-10. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 42-34.
GAME NOTES: The Ball State Cardinals would desperately like to put an end to a six-game losing streak, and they'll try to do so against the Bowling Green Falcons at home in Mid-American Conference action at Worthen Arena.
Bowling Green has a losing streak of its own, having dropped the past three games in MAC play. The Falcons are coming off a 62-61 heartbreaker at Kent State, which dropped them to 4-7 in the conference standings.
Ball State has lost six in a row and 10 of its last 11 games overall. The losing streak was extended with a 73-62 defeat at the hands of Eastern Michigan Wednesday night at home. At 1-10 in the conference, the Cardinals can only play the role of a spoiler in the remaining seven games.
Bowling Green has jumped out to a 42-34 all-time series lead over Ball State. The Falcons have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two sides, and last lost at Ball State in 2010.
Bowling Green maintained a lead with less than a second to play against Kent State, but even that wasn't enough for the win. The Golden Flashes got a 3- pointer from Devareaux Manley with under a second to play to give them the conference victory. Cameron Black nearly recorded a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Jehvon Clarke added 18 points as well to lead Bowling Green in the loss. Anthony Henderson netted 12 points and grabbed eight boards, while the Falcons shot connected on 46.3 percent of their shots from the floor.
Richaun Holmes, who scored four points in the loss against Kent State, leads the team in scoring with 13.5 ppg, and is the team's top rebounder at 7.3 rpg with a team-best 69 blocked shots. Clarke is right behind Holmes with 13 ppg and a team-high 5 apg average. Spencer Parker is third with 12.7 ppg, and Henderson checks in at third with 11.3 ppg.
Eastern Michigan was able to control the tempo of the game against Ball State by working the ball inside on the offensive end and getting to the free-throw line. The Eagles outscored the Cardinals from the charity stripe, 25-8. Jesse Berry led Ball State in scoring in the contest with 17 points. Zavier Turner came off the bench to score 15 points with eight assists, Chris Bond netted 12 points and Kindon Crowder contributed 10.
Turner, who has started all but two games this season for Ball State, leads the team in scoring with a 12.5 ppg average on just 38 percent shooting from the floor. His 75 assists is the most on the team, but he also brings a dismal 89 turnovers into play. Bond is second on the squad in scoring with 11.9 ppg, and Majok Majok is third at 10.8 ppg. Majok is averaging just under a double- double with 9.9 rpg, and also has a team-best 18 blocked shots.
Ball State has some pieces to be able to string wins together, but they can't seem to stay consistent enough to do so. Bowling Green should be able to muscle inside the way Eastern Michigan did against the Cardinals and let Holmes go to work.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Bowling Green 68, Ball State 61
02/15 10:56:04 ET