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CIT Preview: Ball State Cardinals at Fort Wayne Mastodons

Sports fans hope the Cardinals run in this year’s CIT will be as exciting as last season’s

Kenneth Bailey

In their first two games in the CIT last season, the Ball State Cardinals won in overtime. They lost in quarterfinals by 2. I am sure coach Whitford’s ticker would prefer the games not be as close, but for sports fans, it’s what we live for.


Game Details

  • When: Wednesday, March 15th, 7P.M.
  • Where: Hilliard Gates Sports Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Listen: WLBC 104.1 in Muncie
  • Line: Fort Wayne -4

Scouting the Cardinals

Ball State comes into the game with a record of 21-12. They are 7-6 on the road.

The Cardinals have won 6 of their last 8.

On defense, they are a formidable presence inside, with Franko House, Trey Moses, and Tahjai Teague all good post defenders.

They hit 38% of their three pointers, good enough for 2nd in the MAC. They work the ball inside, and if that isn’t there, spot up on the kick outs.


Scouting the Mastodons

Fort Wayne is 19-12 on the year, and has lost 3 out of their last 4.

They outscore their opponents by almost 9 a game, because they are great shooters. They are over 40% from beyond the arc, and almost 50% from the floor. They also out rebound their opponents by 5 a game.


Players to Watch

Mo Evans, Fort Wayne: The 6’1 guard from Indianapolis is averaging 16.8 points per game, and 6.1 assists.

John Konchar, Fort Wayne: The teams leading rebounder, at 8.9 a game, he also averages 15.3 points and 3.8 assists, too.

Franko House, Ball State: The senior is a jack of all trades, that does everything well on the floor.

Tahjai Teague, Ball State: The sophomore’s defensive ability is his strong suit, and his ability to step out on the perimeter to defend the three could be huge.


Keys to the Contest

Ball State will look to work the ball inside and it’s imperative that they step out on the shooters on defense. If Fort Wayne heats up, it could spell trouble for a team that struggled to score in a few games down the stretch.