Ball State Men’s Hoops Travels to Face Western Michigan
Fans are encouraged to tweet about “Pete” using the hashtag #4PetesSake
FREE PRESS REPORT
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - The Ball State men’s basketball team visits Western Michigan for a 2 p.m. contest Sunday on the Ball State Sports Network.
It will be the first game against a Mid-American Conference West Division opponent for Ball State (4-12, 1-4 MAC), which is coming off its first league win of the year against Buffalo. Western Michigan (10-7, 3-2 MAC) is coming off a road win at Kent State.
Ball State’s coaches will be wearing sneakers for the game as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend to raise awareness in the fight against cancer. They will also join the rest of the league in wearing pins to honor Akron director of basketball operations Dan Peters, who is battling pancreatic cancer.
What You Need to Know
Ball State is coming off its first Mid-American Conference win, a 71-68 victory over a Buffalo team that entered the week tied for the best MAC record.
Senior forward Chris Bond recorded his fifth career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while senior guard Jesse Berry came off the bench to score 21.
Senior center Majok Majok is one of 14 players in the country averaging a double-double at 10.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
A preseason All-MAC West Division selection, Majok ranks 15th in the nation in rebounding.As a team, Ball State leads the MAC in rebounding margin during conference play at +4.8
Freshman point guard Zavier Turner leads the Cardinals with averages of 12.4 points and 3.6 assists per game. Bond (11.8 ppg), who has scored double figures in six straight games, and Berry (10.3) are also averaging double figures.
For the season, freshmen have accounted for better than 42 percent of the Cardinals’ minutes and scoring. Ball State is playing its 93rd season of basketball and its first under head coach James Whitford.
Ball State’s strength of schedule, which has been rated as high as No. 16 in the country this season, currently checks in at No. 49 according to Jeff Sagarin.
The Series with Western Michigan
Ball State and Western Michigan will be meeting for the 118th time, dating all the way back to 1931. Indiana State (127 meetings) is the only team Ball State has played more in school history.
Western Michigan holds a 59-58 edge in the all-time series and owns a 38-19 lead in games played in Kalamazoo.
Ball State owns a 6-5 lead in the series over the past five seasons.
The teams split two meetings last year with Western Michigan winning 65-62 in Muncie (Feb. 9, 2013) and Ball State winning 89-85 in Kalamazoo (March 5, 2013). The Cardinals’ win at Western Michigan was their first road victory in the series since 2005.
Suits and Sneakers
James Whitford and the Ball State staff will be wearing sneakers Sunday in support of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend.
A collaborative effort of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, the weekend is designed to raise awareness in the fight against cancer.
The University of Akron announced on Dec. 14 that Director of Men’s Basketball Operations Dan Peters began a personal leave of absence to seek treatment for pancreatic cancer.
As part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, the Ball State men’s basketball staff will wear lapel pins with a purple ribbon – the color for pancreatic cancer awareness – and the words “4 Pete’s Sake” in support of Coach Peters and his battle against pancreatic cancer.
These pins will be worn by the men’s basketball coaches of every school at which Peters has worked, as well as every school in the MAC.
The media, members of the college basketball community and fans are encouraged to tweet about “Pete” using the hashtag #4PetesSake.