Men's Team Leads off Saturday Basketball Doubleheader
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team will lead off a hoops doubleheader Saturday at Worthen Arena with a 1 p.m. tipoff against South Dakota.
The Cardinals (3-4) defeated Holy Cross (Ind.), 76-57, Wednesday night in their most recent action, while South Dakota (4-5) is coming off an 87-63 loss at Iowa.
Following the men's game, the Ball State women's team will take the floor for a 4 p.m. contest against Northern Kentucky.
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• Ball State and South Dakota will be meeting for the first time Saturday in the first game of a unique back-to-back, home-and-home series.
• The Cardinals will turn around and make the trip to Vermillion, S.D., to take on the Coyotes again next Saturday, Dec. 15.
• South Dakota is the second straight first-time opponent for Ball State. The Cardinals downed Holy Cross (Ind.), 76-57, Wednesday in their first-ever meeting with the Saints.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State got back in the win column Wednesday and improved to 3-4 on the season with a 76-57 victory over NAIA program Holy Cross (Ind.).
• Junior forward Majok Majok paced Ball State with his best game yet as a Cardinal, scoring 18 points and pulling down 17 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
• Majok was one of four Cardinals in double-figures for the game, joining freshman guard Marcus Posley with a career-high 14 points, Jauwan Scaife with 11 and Michael Ramey with 10.
• Posley recorded five assists without a turnover against the Saints, and the Cardinals turned the ball over just five times as a team.
• The win snapped Ball State's streak of four straight losses against high-level opponents in Indiana, State, No. 1 Indiana, Cleveland State and Butler.
• Majok is averaging a double-double for the season at 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. His rebounding average leads the Mid-American Conference.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry, a preseason all-conference selection, is averaging 12.7 points per game, while Scaife adds 9.7 per game.
Scouting South Dakota
• South Dakota enters the game at 4-5 on the season, coming off an 87-63 loss Tuesday at Big Ten opponent Iowa.
• The Coyotes have already split two Summit League games with a 73-71 loss to Western Illinois and an 88-68 win over IUPUI.
• Senior guard Juevol Myles leads South Dakota with 14.9 points and 4.2 assists per game, while junior center Trevor Gruis and junior guard Karim Rowson are each scoring 11.8 per game.
• Gruis is averaging a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game, while freshman forward Tyler Flack is blocking 2.6 shots per game.
• Formerly a top Division II team, South Dakota went through a four-year transition period into Division I and is now in its second year of competition in the Summit League.
A Closer Look at Majok's Game vs. Holy Cross
• With 18 points and 17 rebounds Wednesday against Holy Cross (Ind.), Majok Majok became the first Ball State player in 10 years to post that kind of stat line.
• Former Cardinal Cameron Echols, who had 18 points and 22 rebounds Dec. 7, 2002 against Wright State, was the last BSU player with at least 18 points and at least 17 boards in a game.
• Majok's 17 rebounds were the most by a Cardinal since Echols' performance in that same game.
• Ball State's four losses this year have come against teams that own a combined 24-6 record.
• Here is a look at the teams that have beaten the Cardinals:
-- Indiana State: 4-2 with losses with losses to nationally ranked UCLA and New Mexico
-- No. 1 Indiana: 8-0 with a 24-point win over then-No. 13 North Carolina
-- Cleveland State: 6-2 with one of its losses to then-No. 5 Michigan
-- Butler: 6-2 with wins over Marquette and North Carolina at the Maui Invitational
Majok Making His Presence Felt
• Majok Majok, a transfer from Midland College, owns three double-doubles on the season and is averaging a double-double at 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
• He scored a career-high 18 points against both No. 1 Indiana and Holy Cross (Ind.), and he pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds in the Holy Cross game.
• The last Cardinal to average a double-double in a season was Theron Smith, who averaged 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2001-02.
• The No. 18 junior college prospect in the country by JucoJunction.com coming out of Midland, Majok leads the Mid-American Conference in rebounding and double-doubles.
High Volume Rebounding
• Junior forward Matt Kamieniecki is averaging 0.43 rebounds per minute, having grabbed 34 rebounds in his 80 minutes on the court.
• Cole Dickerson of San Francisco is leading the nation with 13.8 rebounds per game. By comparison, Dickerson is averaging 0.41 rebounds per minute.
• Kamieniecki matched his career high with nine rebounds in 16 minutes Nov. 25 at Indiana.
Posley Making an Impact in the Backcourt
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in assist/turnover ratio (2.44 to 1) and tied for ninth with 3.1 assists per game.
• Posley recorded six helpers without a turnover to go along with 12 points in the opening win over Grambling. He had five assists without a turnover Wednesday against Holy Cross (Ind.).
Berry Knows How to Find the Basket
• Junior guard Jesse Berry, who ranks second on the team at 12.7 points per game, has scored in double figures in 10 of his past 14 contests dating back to last season.
• Berry has reached double figures four times this season, including a career-best 28-point effort Nov. 28 against Cleveland State.
• He earned the second MAC West Division Player of the Week award of his career after a 17-point performance in the season opener against Grambling State.
Getting to the Line
• Majok Majok is getting to the free throw line an average of 8.1 times per game.
• Majok attempted double-digit free throws in three straight games earlier this year -- Wofford (10), Indiana State (11) and Indiana (12).
• As a team, the Cardinals are getting to the line 26.6 times per game. BSU has shot 56 more free throws than its opponents and made nearly as many (122) as its opponents have attempted (130).
Bond, Scaife Stealing the Show
• Junior forward Chris Bond is tied for third in the Mid-American Conference in steals with an average of 2.3 per game, while senior guard Jauwan Scaife ranks eighth at 1.9 per game.
• Bond had a career-high five steals Nov. 20 against Wofford. Scaife had three steals Nov. 25 at No. 1 Indiana. The pair has combined for 29 of Ball State's 49 steals as a team.
Scaife's Career Numbers
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife, who is scoring 9.7 points per game this year, owns the most career points among the current Ball State players with 896.
• This season, Scaife has moved past former teammate Randy Davis (2008-12) and into sixth place on Ball State's career 3-pointers list with 139. He needs three more 3-pointers to match his cousin and former Ball State star Bonzi Wells (1994-98) for fifth on the school's all-time list.
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 has started every game since.
• 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.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 18.6 minutes per game this year after never logging more than 5.4 minutes per game previously.
• Ball State is playing without junior forward Tyler Koch, who suffered a hand injury during preseason practice.
• Koch, a former Wright State transfer, 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 360 games with 176 starts for the Cardinals.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced, having played in 97 career games (70 starts).
• Junior guard Jesse Berry (69 games, 22 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (65 games, 46 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (53 games, 12 starts) and Tyler Koch (27 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (49 games, 7 starts) also have a wealth of experience in the Ball State program.
The Non-Conference Schedule
• Ball State will leave the state of Indiana just once during the non-conference schedule -- a Dec. 15 trip to South Dakota. The Cardinals will play eight of their first 12 games at home and make three road trips to in-state opponents -- Indiana (Nov. 25), Butler (Dec. 1) and Purdue (Dec. 18).
• Two of Ball State's home games are against Indiana State (Nov. 20) and IUPUI (Dec. 23), giving the Cardinals five games against in-state Division I programs.
• Ball State has never before faced Big 10 opponents Indiana and Purdue in the same season.