Last Saturday was a dominating performance by the men's basketball team against the Turdledo Rockets at home. It looked like the opposing barely wanted to play basketball that day. Here is some position-by-position eval of what went down.
Jake Anderson was himself for once, scoring a somewhat quiet 20 points with 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Freshman Mike Dinunno looked confident as ever as the point, dishing out 5 assists and putting 14 points on the board. His release is quick like lightning. Bryan Hall in relief looked like the PG of the future as he had full control of the ball passing it around and making plays happen in only 10 mins of play.
Najul Ervin is extremely vital on the defensive end of things, even if he isn't too useful on O, pulling down 7 rebounds and causing chaos all over the court. Sean Smith had an exceptional game putting up 16 like he really should be all the time being the only senior on the team.
Sean Kowal looked pretty weak on the defensive end of things, but made it up with 3 offensive rebounds and 11 points forcing things in the paint. Ante Dzepina is a better defensive option and is a nice spark from time to time. I look for both of these guys to keep on improving.
Tonight at 6 PM CST the basketball has a chance to put a serious foothold on the MAC West.
The Cardinals will be without their best player in senior forward Anthony Newell. Newell led Ball State in both points scored and rebounds, so that is a huge blow to them and their prospects for conference play. He broke his leg trying to grab an offensive rebound during Saturday's 46-42 win over Eastern Michigan.
The Cards aren't too efficient on offense, but they do try to slow the ball down and grab offensive boards when they can. This is going to be a lot tougher without Newell, who would consistently get a double-double almost every game.