MEN'S BASKETBALL: Ball State takes conference break against Morehead State
Cardinals eye eighth consecutive win
Ball State takes a one-game break from Mid-American Conference play when it hosts Morehead State tonight, the first of a three-game home stand.
Morehead State (12-7, 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference) has three players averaging in double figures this season. Kenneth Faried averages 17.6 points per game, Demonte Harper with 16.6 and Terrance Hill brings in 10.5.
Ball State and Morehead State come into tonight's game with near identical points per game average. The Cardinals average 69.3 points while the Eagles average 69.9.
The Cardinals have three players of their own averaging double digits. Preseason All-MAC selection Jarrod Jones averages 15.8, Jauwan Scaife with 11.6 and Randy Davis with 10.6.
Turnovers have been key for the Cardinals the past couple games. Along with forcing the opponents to commit turnovers, Ball State has struggled with turning the ball over as well.
The Eagles average 15.8 turnovers per game while the Cardinals average slightly less at 13.2.
Free throws have been Ball State's crutch so far this year when its offense has struggled. The Cardinals are averaging almost 20 free throws a game at 19.8. The Eagles average only 13.4.
The matchup of Faried and Jones will be one to look for. Faried is a big body that averages over 13 rebounds a game while Jones brings down almost nine.
These two will battle back and forth all night to control the boards, which could end up being the deciding factor in the game.