Men's Basketball Continues MAC Play Saturday at Miami
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team heads back on the road for a Mid-American Conference cross-division game Saturday at Miami University.
Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. from Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio, with the game to be televised by the Ball State Sports Network. Among the affiliates carrying the broadcast are WIPB in Muncie, WRTV 6 in Indianapolis and WANE 15.2 in Fort Wayne. A full list of affiliates is included below.
Ball State (7-10, 1-4 MAC) is coming off a 66-63 home loss Wednesday against Buffalo, while Miami (7-10, 2-3 MAC) dropped a 74-62 decision Wednesday to Ohio.
• Television: Ball State Sports Network; Play-by-play: Vince Welch; Analyst: Jerry Peirson; Affiliates: Live on WIPB-TV (Muncie), WRTV 6, HTSN 6.2, Comcast 247, Brighthouse 164 (Indianapolis), WANE 15.2 (Fort Wayne), WNDA Indiana 9 (Jeffersonville) and WKYI-TV 24 (Louisville, Ky.); Tape delay on WJTS 18 (Jasper) and WHME 46 (South Bend).
• Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Play-by-play: Joel Godett; Analyst: David Eha
• Internet: Ball State Sports Network broadcast streamed live on ballstatesports.com. Live audio and live stats also available.
• Ball State and Miami have met 95 times in the all-time series. The Cardinals have only played three opponents more often: Indiana State (127), Western Michigan (116) and Butler (104).
• Miami leads the series by a 59-36 margin and owns wins in 11 of the past 12 meetings. Three of those 12 games have gone to overtime with Miami winning two.
• Ball State trails 34-10 against the RedHawks in games played in Oxford, Ohio.
• The Cardinals last defeated the RedHawks in 2010, but Miami won each of the past two seasons, including last year's meeting, 59-53, in Muncie.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State suffered its fourth straight defeat Wednesday to Buffalo, 66-63, dropping to 7-10 overall and 1-4 in the Mid-American Conference.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife scored 18 points against the Bulls and junior forward Majok Majok added 13, though Majok was limited by foul trouble and had his streak of three straight double-doubles snapped.
• For the season, a trio of Cardinals leads the team offensively with remarkably similar offensive production. Preseason all-conference junior guard Jesse Berry is scoring 12.2 points per game (207 total points), followed by Scaife and Majok both at 12.1 per game (206 total points).
• Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks 16th nationally in rebounding, is one of 18 players in the country averaging a double-double at 12.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
• Ball State is scoring 62.1 points per game as a team and allowing 66.4.
• Miami fell to MAC East co-leader Ohio, 74-62, Wednesday to drop to 7-10 overall (2-3 MAC).
• The RedHawks own league wins over Buffalo (58-57) and Bowling Green (63-60), while their other two conference losses have come to Northern Illinois (72-61) and Eastern Michigan (65-58).
• Junior guard Allen Roberts paces the RedHawks offensively with 13.2 points per game, while junior forward Will Felder adds 11.4 points and grabs a team-best 5.1 rebounds per contest.
• Miami ranks third in the MAC with a .433 team shooting percentage, but the RedHawks are allowing their opponents to shoot at a .472 rate.
• Miami is scoring 65.1 points per game and allowing 69.6 to its opponents.
Staff Wearing Sneakers
• Head coach Billy Taylor and the Ball State staff will be wearing sneakers Saturday in support of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend.
• A collaborative effort of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, the weekend is designed to raise awareness in the fight against cancer.
More on Wednesday's Loss to Buffalo
• Ball State led Buffalo by as many as eight points in the early going Wednesday, but the game got tight in the second half and featured 11 lead changes over the final 20 minutes.
• Javon McCrae's dunk with 2:41 to play gave Buffalo the lead for good, and Will Regan's 3-pointer that bounced high off the back iron and fell in with 12 seconds to play helped the Bulls to the win.
• Ball State, which forced 20 turnovers in the game, held the advantage in rebounds (33-30), points off turnovers (15-6), bench points (14-9) and steals (10-4).
Majok's Dunk Nominated for Play of the Year
• Majok Majok's buzzer-beating dunk to defeat Norfolk State on Jan. 2 has been nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year.
• Majok's play is up against three others in fan voting this week with the winner moving on to become one of eight finalists.
• Fans can vote for Majok through Jan. 28 at facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball.
Scaife Joins 1,000-Point Club
• With 17 points Jan. 16 at Akron, senior guard Jauwan Scaife surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career.
•The local product from Muncie Central High School became the 26th member of Ball State's 1,000-point club. He now owns 1,034 points to rank 24th in school history.
• Ball State's three leading scorers -- Jauwan Scaife, Jesse Berry and Majok Majok -- have scored nearly the exact same number of points for the season.
• Berry has scored 207 points, while Majok and Scaife have each scored 206.
• In league play, Majok and Scaife have each scored exactly 72 points to lead the team.
Scaife Moves into Second on Treys List
• With a trio of 3-pointers Wednesday against Buffalo, senior guard Jauwan Scaife moved into a tie for second place on Ball State's career 3-pointers list with 163.
• He is now tied with Peyton Stovall (2003-08) for No. 2 on the list, trailing only Patrick Jackson (1998-2002), who holds the school record at 202.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry has also climbed into the top 10 on that list. He now owns 129 career 3-pointers to rank ninth in school history.
Cleaning Up on the Glass
• Ball State has out-rebounded all five of its Mid-American Conference opponents.
• The Cardinals out-rebounded Eastern Michigan (29-16), Kent State (48-39), Akron (33-32), Central Michigan (37-34) and Buffalo (33-30).
• Ball State has out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 36.0 to 30.2 in league play for a +5.8 margin that ranks second in the MAC.
• For the season, the Cardinals are +2.8 on the boards on average.
• Ball State has used the same starting lineup in every game but one this season: guards Jesse Berry and Jauwan Scaife, forwards Chris Bond and Majok Majok, and center Zach Fields.
• The only time the lineup varied was Jan. 19 at Central Michigan when forward Matt Kamieniecki started in place of Fields for matchup purposes.
• Both players responded well in that game as Kamieniecki grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and Fields scored nine points, one off his career high.
• Junior forward Majok Majok is one of 18 players in the nation averaging a double-double at 12.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
• The last Cardinal to average a double-double in a season was Theron Smith, who tallied 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 2001-02.
• Majok, who leads the MAC with seven double-doubles, scored a career-best 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds Jan. 16 at Akron.
• Majok was named the MAC West Co-Player of the Week Dec. 10 after averaging 13.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per game in wins over Holy Cross (Ind.) and South Dakota the previous week.
• With 18 points and 17 rebounds Dec. 5 against Holy Cross (Ind.), Majok became the first Ball State player since Cameron Echols in 2002 with at least 18 points and 17 rebounds in a game.
Majok on the Glass
• For the season, Majok Majok ranks 16th nationally and leads the Mid-American Conference at 10.2 rebounds per game. He averages nearly two rebounds more per game than his nearest competitor.
• Majok's 46 rebounds over Ball State's three games from Dec. 5 through Dec. 15 were the most in a three-game stretch by a Cardinal since Theron Smith grabbed 46 over three conference games from Jan. 5-12, 2002.
• Ball State has been a better shooting team and a higher scoring team in the second half of games this season.
• The Cardinals are shooting 44.6 percent in the second half of games compared to 38.2 percent in the first half. BSU is scoring 33.1 points in the second half compared to 29.0 in the first.
• The biggest half-to-half jump individually comes from freshman guard Marcus Posley, who is shooting 47.3 percent in the second half compared to 21.7 percent in the first.
Scaife Picking up his Offense
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is averaging 15.9 points per game over the past seven contests.
• Included in that stretch is a season-high 21-point game against IUPUI, a trio of 18-point performances against Norfolk State, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo, and a 17-point effort versus Akron.
• After shooting 29.3 percent from the floor (27-for-92) and 20.0 percent from 3-point range (10-for-50) over the first 10 games, Scaife has knocked down 41.9 percent from the floor (36-for-86) and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc (20-for-52) over the past seven outings.
Bond Knows How to Finish
• Junior forward Chris Bond has earned a reputation as a finisher at the basket.
• The junior forward has connected on 52.2 percent of his career field goal attempts, which is on pace to rank seventh in school history.
• Bond matched his career high with 18 points in the MAC opener at Eastern Michigan and knocked down the game-winning free throws in the final second.
• He finished that game a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor, the most efficient shooting performance in the league this year, and is now shooting 58.3 percent in MAC games.
Bond Stealing the Show
• Chris Bond ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in steals with an average of 2.2 per game and second in league games only at 2.8 per game.
• Bond had a career-high five steals vs. Wofford and has recorded four steals in four other games.
• Just 17 games into the season, Bond's 37 steals have already surpassed his previous career high of 29 steals as a sophomore last season.
Posley the Distributor
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley leads the Cardinals with an average of 2.9 assists per game and a 1.85-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.
• Posley has reached five assists in five games this year, including a career-best six helpers without a turnover in the season-opening win over Grambling State.
• In all five of those games, Posley has had one turnover or fewer.
• He has had only four games all season with more than two turnovers.
Fields Gets Smaller to Play Bigger Role
• After four years in the Ball State program, fifth-year senior center Zach Fields made his first career start in the season opener against Grambling State and went on to start the first 15 games.
• Fields made the most of the opportunity in the opener, logging career highs with 10 points and eight rebounds. His previous career bests were four points and four boards.
• He scored eight points in the MAC-opening win at Eastern Michigan and added nine more Jan. 19 at Central Michigan when he came off the bench for the first time.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 18.4 minutes per game this year after never logging more than 5.4 minutes per game previously.
Ramey Misses Time
• Freshman guard Michael Ramey has been out for the past six games as he recovers from an illness suffered in December.
• Ramey played in 10 of the Cardinals' first 11 games and scored in double figures twice -- 11 points versus Wofford and 10 against Holy Cross (Ind.).
• Before its four-game losing streak, Ball State won back-to-back games on its final possession.
• The Cardinals topped Norfolk State, 62-61, Jan. 2 when Jesse Berry drove the length of the floor with 6.3 seconds left and found Majok Majok for a buzzer-beating dunk.
• Jan. 9 at Eastern Michigan, Berry's pass went to Chris Bond, who drew a foul at the rim and made both free throws with less than one second left to lift the Cardinals to a 60-58 win.
High Volume Rebounding
• Junior forward Matt Kamieniecki is averaging 0.326 rebounds per minute, having grabbed 77 rebounds in 236 minutes, just behind Majok Majok (0.329) for the best average on the team.
• By comparison, Siena's O.D. Anosike, who leads the nation with 11.6 rebounds per game, is pulling down 0.309 boards per minute.
• Kamieniecki set a career-high with 10 rebounds in 24 minutes Jan. 19 at Central Michigan.
Berry's Explosive Performances
• Junior guard Jesse Berry has topped the 20-point mark four times this season.
• Berry, who leads Ball State with 12.2 points per game, scored a career-best 28 points Nov. 28 against Cleveland State.
• He went for 22 in back-to-back games Dec. 15 at South Dakota and Dec. 18 at Purdue, and he scored 21 in the non-conference finale against Norfolk State.
• Berry owns six career 20-point games and has led the Cardinals in scoring six times this year.
• He has been the MAC West Player of the Week twice this season and three times in his career.
Koch Back in Action
• Junior forward Tyler Koch is now nine games into his return to the court after missing the first eight games of the season with a hand injury.
• Koch scored 10 points Dec. 23 against IUPUI and then added six points on a pair of key 3-pointers in the Jan. 2 win over Norfolk State.
• A former Wright State transfer, Koch started 22 games last year in his first season at Ball State. He scored 6.6 points and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per game.
One of the Best in the West
• Ball State has finished among the top three in the MAC West Division in each of the past four seasons, including first- or second-place finishes in three of those years.
• The Cardinals tied for the division crown in 2008-09 and finished second in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. Last year, Ball State tied for third in the West.
• While Ball State returns only six letterwinners from a season ago, those six players have now combined to play in 417 games with 216 starts for the Cardinals.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced, having played in 107 games (80 starts).
• Junior guard Jesse Berry (79 games, 32 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (75 games, 56 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (61 games, 12 starts) and Tyler Koch (36 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (59 games, 16 starts) also have a wealth of experience in the Ball State program.
• Of the eight newcomers on Ball State's active roster, seven are true freshmen. Here is a breakdown of the freshman class by position ...
• Guard -- Marcus Posley (Rockford, Ill./Auburn HS), Michael Ramey (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport HS), Chase Brogna (Houston, Texas/St. Thomas HS) and George Cater (St. Peters, Mo./Fort Zumwalt South HS).
• Forward -- Bo Calhoun (South Bend, Ind./Washington HS) and Rocco Belcaster (Berwyn, Ill./Morton HS).
• Center -- Mading Thok (Boyden, Iowa/Western Christian HS).
• Ball State's only non-freshman newcomer is Majok Majok (Perth, Australia/Midland College).