There's nothing like a trip to the cellar dweller after losing three out of five.
Ball State scores an anemic 56.7 points per game. By contrast, the Zips' lowest outputs this season have been 55 points against Ohio and 58 at Dayton.
You can blame the Cardinals' shooting: 39 percent from the field, 28 percent from 3. Both are bottoms in the MAC. They also get killed on the boards, suffering a -3.3 rebounding margin.
The Cardinals only give up 12.5 turnovers per game, which is lowest in the MAC. However, their assist totals are second lowest.
That shows Ball State takes a lot of jump shots.
The team does have a couple pretty good players. Anthony Newell would be the conference's leading scorer (18.6 ppg) if he had not sat out nine games with a foot injury. He would also be third in the MAC at 7.8 rebounds per game.
Then there's Peyton Stovall, who seemingly has been on campus since the turn of the century. At 13.1 points per game, he is capable of a big scoring night. Stovall also is a top-10 rebounder in the MAC (6.3 rpg).
Still, the team stats tell a sad story. Despite giving Kent State an overtime scare, Ball State has won just three games. Akron shouldn't be the fourth.
In case you were wondering about Kent State's recruiting class, the ABJ's Stephanie Storm touted their new long snapper.
The real "get" of the class, juco cornerback Josh Pleasant, made coaches nervous by faxing his letter of intent a little late.
By the way, if you haven't heard about the Kevin Hart hoax, you should read about it. It's one of the funniest stories you'll see all year.
Here's the jist: Hart is an offensive lineman at a rural school in Nevada that has never produced a Division I player. Hart held a party/press conference to announce his college decision: Cal, Oregon and others. Problem is, none of these schools had ever heard of Hart, much less offered the full-ride scholarship that Hart claimed.
Of course, word got back to Cal that their newest "commitment" was thrilled to be a Golden Bear. Hart admitted he lied. Then some members of the media rushed to defend his lies as a product of the highly competitive system. Please shut up. The kid lied. Every part of society pressures people to make themselves look better than they really are through fabrications. To excuse this kid and blame the Signing Day media machine is asinine.
It's not a sad story about the state of recruiting, Jay Mariotti. It's a funny story of a loser who couldn't control his ego. Anyone disagree?