Men's Hoops Visits SEMO Saturday in BracketBusters
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team returns to action Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m. ET) tipoff at Southeast Missouri in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters.
The Cardinals (10-14, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) visit the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., looking to bounce back from last Saturday's 56-50 loss to Eastern Michigan.
Southeast Missouri (14-14, 6-8 Ohio Valley Conference) dropped a 67-65 decision Wednesday at Jacksonville State.
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• Ball State takes a break from Mid-American Conference action for Saturday's contest at Southeast Missouri.
• The teams will be meeting for the first time ever.
• The game is part of the annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event organized by ESPN.
• Ball State is 3-7 all-time in BracketBusters games, but the Cardinals have won three of their past four.
• BSU defeated Southern Illinois, 71-62, at home last season in the BracketBusters.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• After posting back-to-back wins over Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, Ball State suffered a 56-50 setback last Saturday to Eastern Michigan.
• The Cardinals are 10-14 overall and sit in fourth place in the MAC West at 4-8 in league play.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife led all players with 21 points in the loss to Eastern Michigan, while junior forward Majok Majok pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds.
• Scaife, who has scored 74 points over the past three games, is averaging 18.2 points per game in conference play to rank third in the league.
• Scaife leads Ball State for the season at 14.7 points per game, followed by junior guard Jesse Berry at 12.4 per game and Majok at 11.3.
• Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks 14th nationally in rebounding, is one of 14 players in the country averaging a double-double at 11.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
• Berry missed the past three games with concussion-like symptoms.
Scouting Southeast Missouri
• Southeast Missouri had a three-game winning streak snapped Wednesday with a 67-65 loss at Jacksonville State.
• The Redhawks, which own a 14-14 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference, had won their previous three games by an average of 14.7 points.
• Four Southeast Missouri players are averaging better than 8.0 points per game, including three in double figures -- Tyler Stone (15.3 ppg), Corey Wilford (14.3) and Nino Johnson (10.8). All three players are shooting at least 46 percent from the floor.
• The Redhawks are scoring 72.3 points per game and shooting 46.1 percent as a team.
• They are allowing 70.5 points per game and holding opponents to 40 percent shooting.
Scaife Named MAC West Co-Player of the Week
• Jauwan Scaife was selected Monday as the MAC West Division Co-Player of the Week.
• Scaife averaged 22.0 points per game last week, helping BSU to a split of two conference games.
• He poured in 23 points and added four assists Feb. 13 in a 56-52 road victory at Northern Illinois. He connected on 9 of 10 free throws, including 7 of 8 in the second half and 4 of 4 in the final 35 seconds of a tight game.
• He then scored 21 points Saturday against Eastern Michigan for his third straight 20-point game.
• Scaife shared this week's honor with Shayne Whittington of Western Michigan.
• Ball State has played the past three games without second-leading scorer Jesse Berry, who was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.
• It is the first time Berry has missed games for Ball State. He had played in 83 straight games to start his college career.
• The Cardinals have played the past four games without junior forward Tyler Koch (hip), who also missed eight games earlier this season with a thumb injury.
• Ball State has played the entire conference season without freshman guard Michael Ramey as he recovers from illness.
Scaife Going Off
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife has scored 74 points over the past three games and has surpassed the 20-point mark in each, including a career-high 30 Feb. 9 against Western Michigan.
• Scaife has scored 43 percent of Ball State's points (74 of 121) over those three games.
• He became the first Cardinal with 30 points in a game since Peyton Stovall (37 vs. IPFW on Dec. 31, 2007) and the first with 30 in a MAC contest since Skip Mills (38 at Buffalo on March 6, 2006).
• His 74 points over a three-game stretch are the most by a Ball State player since Mills poured in 91 points over the final three games of the 2005-06 season.
Scaife Scoring Consistently
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is averaging 18.4 points per game over the past 14 contests after averaging 9.5 points over the first 10 games of the season.
• Scaife has scored at least 18 points in nine of the past 14 games. His 18.2 scoring average in MAC games ranks third in the league.
• Here is a breakdown of Scaife's numbers:
First 10 games: 9.5 ppg, 29.3% FG (27 for 92), 20.0% 3PT (10 for 50)
Last 14 games: 18.4 ppg, 41.6% FG (77 for 185), 34.6% 3PT (37 for 107)
More on Scaife's Scoring
• At 18.2 points per game, Jauwan Scaife's scoring average in MAC play is on pace to be the highest by a Ball State player since Chris Williams scored 25.5 points per game during the league slate in the 2002-03 season.
• Skip Mills averaged 17.9 points in during league play for the 2005-06 season and Peyton Stovall averaged 17.9 over the 2004-05 league slate.
MAC Tournament Positioning
• Ball State is positioning itself for the MAC Tournament with four league games left.
• This year's tournament, which will include only 11 teams because Toledo is ineligible, will feature five teams with first-round byes.
• At 4-8 in conference play, Ball State is just one game out of a tie for the No. 5 spot currently shared by Kent State, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan at 5-7.
• If the season ended today, BSU would be the No. 8 seed and would host a first-round game.
Turnover Differential is Key
• The Cardinals average 12.6 turnovers per game in their 10 wins but 17.0 giveaways per game in their 14 losses.
• Ball State is 6-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent but 3-13 when committing more turnovers.
• The Cardinals had their lowest turnover outputs in MAC play in the recent wins over Northern Illinois (10) and Western Michigan (12) before turning it over 17 times in last Saturday's loss to Eastern Michigan.
Home vs. Road in League Play
• Since the start of conference play this season, Ball State has found more success on the road than it has at home.
• The Cardinals are 3-3 on the road in league play and 1-5 at home. BSU picked up its first MAC home win Feb. 9 against Western Michigan.
• Here is a comparison of the team's offensive numbers at home and on the road in MAC play ...
Road MAC Games: 63.0 ppg, 47.1% FG, 33.6% 3PT
Home MAC Games: 57.5 ppg, 37.5% FG, 25.2% 3PT
• Junior forward Majok Majok is one of 14 players in the nation averaging a double-double at 11.3 points and 10.3 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 is tied for the MAC lead with eight double-doubles, is averaging 11.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in league play.
• With 18 points and 17 rebounds Dec. 5 against Holy Cross (Ind.), he became the first Ball State player since Cameron Echols in 2002 with at least 18 points and 17 rebounds in a game.
• Majok was named the MAC West Player of the Week on both Dec. 10 and Jan. 28.
Majok on the Glass
• For the season, Majok Majok ranks 14th nationally and leads the Mid-American Conference at 10.3 rebounds per game. He is coming off a 16-rebound game against Eastern Michigan.
• 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 is 4-8 in conference play, but the Cardinals have either led or been within one point during the second half in five of their eight losses.
• Here is a closer look at those five games:
Opponent -- Leading or trailing by one (Time) -- Final score
Kent State (1/12) -- BSU trailed 45-44 (6:55) -- Kent State won 61-47
Akron (1/16) -- BSU trailed 47-46 (10:48) -- Akron won 71-64
Central Michigan (1/19) -- BSU led 41-35 (18:04) -- Central Michigan won 71-57
Buffalo (1/23) -- BSU led 49-46 (8:29) -- Buffalo won 66-63
Toledo (1/30) -- BSU led 47-43 (15:07) -- Toledo won 85-78
Cleaning Up on the Glass
• Ball State has out-rebounded nine of its first 12 Mid-American Conference opponents, including four by double digits -- Miami by 20 (37-17), Toledo by 16 (41-25), Eastern Michigan by 13 (29-16) Jan. 9 and Eastern Michigan by 10 (33-23) Feb. 16.
• Surprisingly, the Cardinals are 2-2 when being out-rebounded and 2-6 when they have out-rebounded their opponent in league play.
• Ball State has out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 34.7 to 29.7 in league play for a +5.0 margin that ranks third in the MAC.
• For the season, the Cardinals are +3.3 on the boards on average.
Scaife, Berry on Career Treys List
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife ranks second on BSU's career 3-pointers list with 180, behind only Patrick Jackson (1998-2002), who holds the school record at 202.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry is quickly climbing the list, as well. He owns 142 career 3-pointers to tie for sixth in school history. Berry is 12 treys away from cracking the top five.
• Scaife also ranks among the school's all-time leaders in career minutes played (3,152, 11th), starts (87, 12th) and free throw percentage (.782, 13th).
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 1,180 points to rank 21st in school history.
High Volume Rebounding
• Despite having his minutes limited for much of the season with a back problem, junior forward Matt Kamieniecki ranks second on the team at 5.7 rebounds per game.
• Kamieniecki averages 11.8 rebounds per 40 minutes for the second-best average on the team behind Majok Majok (13.1).
Berry's Explosive Performances
• Junior guard Jesse Berry scored 20 points Jan. 26 at Miami for his fifth 20-point game of the season and the seventh of his career.
• Berry, the MAC West Player of the Week twice this season and three times in his career, 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.
Bond Knows How to Finish
• Junior forward Chris Bond has connected on 52.4 percent of his career field goal attempts, which is on pace to rank seventh in school history.
• Bond is shooting 56.8 percent in MAC play this season (tied for third-best in the league), including an 8-for-8 effort Jan. 9 at Eastern Michigan, where he scored a career-high 18 points and hit the game-winning free throws.
Bond Stealing the Show
• Chris Bond ranks third in the Mid-American Conference in steals with an average of 2.0 per game and third in league games only at 2.1 per game.
• Bond matched his career-high with five steals, all in the second half, Jan. 26 at Miami.
• He has had seven games this year with at least four steals.
• Bond's 49 steals have already surpassed his previous career high of 29 steals last season.
Majok's Dunk a Finalist for Play of the Year
• Majok Majok's buzzer-beating dunk to defeat Norfolk State on Jan. 2 won its round of fan voting to become a finalist for the GEICO Play of the Year.
• The play beat out three others during its week of voting and will be one of eight finalists up for the award in another round of fan voting in March at facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball. All eight finalists will appear on the Best of College Basketball show April 6 on CBS.
Posley the Distributor
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley leads the Ball State guards with a 1.56-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.
• Posley has reached five assists in six games this year, including a career-best six helpers without a turnover in the season-opening win over Grambling State.
• In only one of those six games with five assists has Posley had more than one turnover.
Fields Gets Smaller to Play Bigger Role
• After four years in the program, fifth-year senior center Zach Fields made his first career start in the season opener against Grambling State and has gone on to start 20 of Ball State's 24 games.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 17.0 minutes per game this year after never logging more than 5.4 minutes per game previously.
• Fields made the most of the opportunity in the opener versus Grambling, logging career highs with 10 points and eight rebounds. His previous career bests were four points and four boards.
Playing without Ramey
• Freshman guard Michael Ramey has been out for the past 12 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.).