Cardinals ready for Jersey Mike’s Classic

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to the court for the Jersey Mike’s Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla. On Thursday. The Cardinals open the tournament against the CRF on Thursday, followed by a game with Weber State on Friday, and conclude the classic with a clash with UMass on Sunday.

This will be the third time Ball State has participated in an early-season tournament under the direction of the head coach. James whitford. In 2018, the Cardinals played in the Charleston Classic in Charleston, SC BSU produced a 1-2 record, with a win over Appalachian State and losses to Virginia Tech and Alabama. Ball State finished the 2019 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with a 1-2 record. In Hawaii, BSU defeated Portland, but fell to Washington and UTEP.

Luc Bumbalough leads the Cardinals at Jersey Mike’s Classic with 14.5 points per game and has nine assists. Jalen windham is second on the team with an average of 13.0 points per game and leads the team with a 53.8 percentage point out of a 3-point range. Payton sparks continues to be a force on the glass and has a team record of 8.5 rebounds per game. Sparks is third on the team with 9.5 points per game. Tyler cochran is second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. Cochran, Sparks and Demarius jacobs are tied for the top of the team with 2 interceptions each.

Thursday will mark the third meeting between the Cardinals and the Panthers. Ball State has won previous encounters against the CRF, including a 105-50 victory on January 13, 1990 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals won the very first game 89-66 on Dec. 7, 1988. BSU and CRF are due to tip at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Panthers are led by Daniel Parrish with 15.0 points per game. Tevin Brewer is averaging 14.0 points and leads the team with six 3 points. Denver Jones is the last Panther with a double-digit average, at 10.0 points per game. Eric Lovett leads the CRF on the boards and is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game.

Weber State won the only meeting between the two teams at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska on November 23, 2002. The Wildcats defeated the Cardinals 72-67. Ball State and Weber State are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Upon arriving at Jersey Mike’s Classic, the Wildcats are led by Koby McEwen with 18.5 points per game and he has a team record of seven to 3 points. JJ Overton is second on the team with 13.0 points per game. Seikou Sisoho Jawara is averaging 12.5 points per game. Dillon Jones and Cody Carlson round out Weber State’s double-digit scorers with 11.0 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Jones dominated the glass and is averaging 12.0 rebounds per game.

Ball State and UMass will meet for the first time in program history on Sunday. The Sunday tip is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Trent Buttrick leads UMass with 15.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game, and is tied for the team lead by 3 points with seven. Noah Fernandes is second on the team with an average of 12.7 points per game. CJ Kelly and Rich Kelly are averaging 12.5 and 12.0 points per game, respectively. Rich Kelly is tied for the team lead with seven points to 3 points.

All of the Cardinals’ games at Jersey Mike’s Classic can be viewed on CBS Sports. All of BSU’s games are broadcast on Woof Boom Radio 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the 967BlakeFM.com stream as well as WERKFM.net.

Tale of the Band
Ball State CATEGORY CRF

72.0 ………………………… POINTS PER MATCH ……………. …………….. 81.0
75.5 …………………….. OPP. POINTS PER MATCH ………………………. 53.0
.429 …………………… PERCENTAGE OF FIELD OBJECTIVES ……………… ……. 484
.471 ……………….. OPP. PERCENTAGE OF FIELD OBJECTIVES ………………… 328
.407 …………….. PERCENTAGE OF OBJECTIVES ON THE FIELD IN 3 POINTS ..407
.302 …………. OPP. PERCENTAGE OF OBJECTIVES ON THE 3-POINT FIELD …………… 206
.542 ………………….. PERCENTAGE OF FREE LAUNCH ………………… ……….. .. .600
37.0 ……………………… BOUNDS PER MATCH …………….. .. …….. 40.0
+0.5 …………………….. REBOUND MARGIN …………….. … ……….. +3.0
14.5 ………………………… ASSISTANCE BY PARTY ……………. ……………. 18.0
14.0 …………………….. TURNOVER BY PART …………….. . …….. 14.5
-3.5 ………………………… MARGIN ON TURNOVER ………… . …………….. +2.0
6.0 ………………………….. FLIGHTS BY PART ………….. … ……………….. 10.0
0.5 …………………………… BLOCKS PER SET …………. .. ……………….. 7.5

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