Preview: Men's Basketball Embarks on Midwest Regional

Preview: Men's Basketball Embarks on Midwest Regional

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh Cavaliers men's basketball team will embark on a new journey this week – competing in the NCAA Division II Tournament. For the first time since joining Division II, the Cavaliers will be playing in the Midwest Regional this weekend.

Walsh, as a number seven seed, will take on the second seeded Knights of Bellarmine University at 3:30 PM on Saturday (March 16) at Lewis University.



  • Walsh won the 2018-19 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament with a 58-52 win in overtime against the number six team in the country, Findlay, on Saturday (March 9).
  • This is the first NCAA Tournament appearance since the Cavaliers went Division II in the 2012-13 season.
  • With a 25-6 record, the Cavs have the most wins since the 2011-12 season when they won the Ohio Independent Conference Tournament.
  • In the defensive battle with Findlay, JT Shumate and Darryl Straughter battled tough shooting days with 16 and 14 points, respectively. The two combined to shoot 12-39 overall and 2-18 from deep.
  • Sterling Christy had his 11th double-double of the year with ten points and 13 rebounds.
  • Walsh led at halftime in both games, improving to 23-3 when leading at intermission.
  • On the current 13-game winning streak, Walsh has only trailed by no more than seven and has trailed for only 26:21 out of 525 possible minutes.
  • JT Shumate was named Freshman of the Year and All-Conference First Team last week. Sterling Christy earned All-Conference Second Team and All-Defense Team accolades while Darryl Straughter was All-Conference Second Team.
  • Walsh is one of four teams in the Midwest Regional and 19 teams in the field of 64 with both the men's and women's basketball teams participating.


  • Bellarmine is 26-4 overall after they won the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament 65-48 over Drury last week.
  • The Knights have won five straight games and is currently the seventh-ranked team in the country, according to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll.
  • This is the 19th appearance in the tournament for the Knights, including the last 11 years.
  • They have met Walsh once before on February 21, 1975 with Bellarmine winning 97-95.
  • They rank first in Division II in field goal percentage (54.7%) and seventh in Division II with 80.1% free throw percentage.
  • Adam Eberhard leads the Knights with 17.4 points per game and 4.4 assists per game.


  Walsh (G-MAC) Bellarmine (GLVC)
Category   Rank   Rank
Scoring Offense 78.2 5th 80.8 3rd
Scoring Defense 64.5 2nd 64.1 1st
Scoring Margin 13.7 2nd 16.7 1st
Free Throw % 62.8% 11th 80.1% 1st
Field Goal % 46.8% 5th 54.7% 1st
Field Goal % Defense 39.6% 1st 42.1% 1st
3 Point % 37.4% 4th 36.7% T-8th
3 Point Defense % 32.9% 1st 34.7% 2nd
3 Point FG Made 10.4 1st 6.97 12th
Rebounding Offense 40 2nd 31.8 T-12th
Rebounding Defense 33.5 5th 26.1 1st
Rebounding Margin 6.5 2nd 5.7 2nd
Blocked Shots 3.9 2nd 3.2 1st
Assists 15.1 5th 18.13 2nd
Steals 5.3 T-10th 6.93 5th
Turnover Margin 0.42 7th 3.33 2nd
Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.5 3rd 1.59 2nd
Offensive Rebounds 10 7th 7.27 12th
Defensive Rebounds 30 1st 24.53 10th


The winner of the Bellarmine-Walsh matchup will meet the winner of the winner of the Findlay-Drury game on Sunday evening.