Ball State Men's Hoops Visits Marquette For Tuesday Game on FS1

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MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to action for the first time in 13 days with a Tuesday night contest at Marquette. The Golden Eagles, which advanced to the Elite Eight of last year’s NCAA Tournament, are the second Big East opponent of the season for the Cardinals.

Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET) in Milwaukee, Wis., in a game that will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

Ball State (2-5) hasn’t played since a Dec. 4 loss to Valparaiso, while Marquette (6-4) is coming off a Saturday victory over IUPUI. The teams, both of which were formerly coached by the late Rick Majerus, will be meeting for the first time.

What You Need to Know

Tuesday’s game at Marquette begins a three-game road stretch for Ball State that will continue with games at Southern Illinois (Dec. 21) and James Madison (Dec. 30). The Cardinals are 2-5 on the season, coming off four straight losses, and preparing for their second Big East opponent of the year.

 Ball State will be playing for the first time since a 69-50 loss to Valparaiso Dec. 4, a stretch of 13 days. The Cardinals’ strength of schedule is rated as high as No. 25 in the country (ESPN.com), and their losses have come against teams with a combined record of 35-15.

 Freshman point guard Zavier Turner leads the Cardinals with averages of 13.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. 

 Seniors Jesse Berry (13.0 ppg) and Chris Bond (10.9 ppg) are also averaging double figures. Berry surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career Nov. 30 at Cleveland State to become the 27th member of Ball State’s 1,000-point club.

 Senior center Majok Majok ranks second in the Mid-American Conference and 19th nationally with 11.0 rebounds per game. Majok, who is averaging 9.1 points per game, has three double-doubles on the season.

 Ball State is playing its 93rd season of basketball and its first under head coach James Whitford. The Cardinals are in the midst of a stretch in which they play five out of six games on the road. Wednesday’s game against Valparaiso is the team’s only home contest in the month of December.

Scouting Marquette                     

Marquette is 6-4 on the year after an 86-50 win Saturday over IUPUI. The Golden Eagles, which were ranked early in the season, have lost twice to top-10 teams (Ohio State and Wisconsin). Their other losses are to Arizona State and San Diego State.

 A pair of Marquette players are averaging double-figures: Davante Gardner (14.8 ppg) and Jamil Wilson (12.2 ppg). Gardner also leads the team on the glass with 7.0 rebounds per game. The Golden Eagles have held their opponents to 37.7 percent shooting for the year and own a +8.4 average rebounding advantage.

 The Marquette program has played in eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments and has reached the Sweet 16 in three straight seasons. The Golden Eagles advanced to the Elite Eight a year ago.

Majerus Connection     

 Ball State and Marquette are connected by a common head coach in the late Rick Majerus, who passed away Dec. 1, 2012. Majerus led the Cardinals for two seasons (1987-89), going 43-17.

 In his second season, he guided the program to a 29-3 record (the best in school history), a MAC Championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory.

 A Marquette alum, Majerus was a long-time assistant coach at his alma mater and served as the program’s head coach from 1983-86, posting a 56-35 record in his three seasons.Ball State already played another of Majerus’ teams earlier this season, visiting the Utah Utes in November.

Live Coverage

  • Television: Fox Sports 1; Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst)
  • Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Joel Godett (play-by-play)
  • Internet: Live audio available through the Ball State All Access package at ballstatesports.com; Live stats available atgomarquette.com.