Cardinals Host Central Michigan Wednesday in MBB
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Coming off a last-second BracketBusters win, the Ball State men's basketball team enters the stretch run of the regular season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. home game against Central Michigan.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Worthen Arena in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons will be distributed at the door and worn by the Ball State staff.
The Cardinals (11-14, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) return to conference play looking to build on Saturday's 85-82 win at Southeast Missouri. Central Michigan (9-17, 2-10 MAC) suffered its ninth straight defeat with a BracketBusters loss Saturday at Youngstown State.
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• Ball State holds a 58-31 lead in the all-time series with Central Michigan, dating back to 1956.
• The Cardinals and Chippewas met back on Jan. 19 with the Central Michigan posting a 71-57 victory in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Majok Majok led Ball State with 14 points and 11 rebounds in that game, while Jauwan Scaife added 13 points.
• The Chippewas' victory earlier this season snapped a five-game BSU winning streak in the series.
• Ball State owns a 35-5 lead over Central Michigan in games played in Muncie, including an 18-2 advantage in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals have won five in a row over the Chippewas at home.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State won for the third time in its past four games Saturday with an 85-82 victory at Southeast Missouri in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters.
• The Cardinals are 11-14 overall and sit in fourth place in the MAC West at 4-8 in league play.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife scored a team-high 18 points at SEMO and poured in the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left on the clock.
• Marcus Posley added 15 points -- all in the second half -- and a career-high eight assists, while Matt Kamieniecki (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Chris Bond (11 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles.
• Scaife is averaging 21.4 points per game over the past seven contests, and his 18.2 scoring average in MAC play ranks third in the league.
• Scaife leads Ball State for the season at 14.8 points per game, followed by junior guard Jesse Berry at 12.1 per game and junior forward Majok Majok at 11.0.
• Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks 16th nationally in rebounding, is one of 15 players in the country averaging a double-double at 11.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Scouting Central Michigan
• Central Michigan visits Muncie with nine straight losses after an 86-75 setback Saturday at Youngstown State in a BracketBusters game.
• The Chippewas are 9-17 overall and sixth in the MAC West standings at 2-10 in league play.
• Central Michigan features the top scorer in MAC play with Kyle Randall averaging 20.3 points in league games. His overall scoring average of 17.8 ranks second in the conference.
• The Central Michigan starting lineup typically features four freshmen.
• The Chippewas are shooting 39.9 percent as a team and scoring 66.6 points per game while allowing 47.8 percent shooting and 72.2 points per game.
Scaife Recognized by College Sports Madness
• College Sports Madness selected Jauwan Scaife as its MAC Player of the Week on Monday.
• Scaife scored 18 points, handed out five assists and knocked down a 25-foot, game-winning 3-pointer in the final second of Ball State's 85-82 win Saturday at Southeast Missouri.
• Scaife scored 14 of his points after halftime, including seven in the final 1:33. He shot 4-of-6 from the floor, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the second half.
More on the Win over SEMO
• Ball State shot 51.6 percent and scored 51 points in the second half on the way to its highest point total of the season in the 85-82 victory at Southeast Missouri.
• The Cardinals survived a late SEMO run that turned a 10-point lead with 1:33 to play into a tie game with 7 seconds left before Scaife's game-winner.
• Ball State played without a sick Chase Brogna, but Jesse Berry and Tyler Koch returned to the lineup after missing time with injuries. Both players finished with six points.
• All nine Cardinals who played in the game scored at least four points. Freshman Bo Calhoun matched his career-high with eight points -- all in the first half -- off the bench.
• Matt Kamieniecki's career-high 12 points and career-best 14 rebounds for his first career double-double along with Chris Bond's 11 points and 11 boards marked the first time this season the Cardinals have had two players with double-doubles in the same game.
Going Down to the Wire
• Ball State has won three games this season in the final second.
• The Cardinals defeated Norfolk State on Majok Majok's dunk as time expired Jan. 2, Eastern Michigan on Chris Bond's free throws with no time left Jan. 9 and Southeast Missouri on Jauwan Scaife's 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining Feb. 23.
Scaife Going Off
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is averaging 21.4 points per game over the past seven contests, including a career-high 30 Feb. 9 against Western Michigan.
• Scaife has scored double figures in 11 straight games and 14 of his past 15. He has scored at least 17 points in 11 of those 15 games, including the past seven in a row.
• 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).
Scaife in Crunch Time
• Scaife scored seven points in the final 1:33 of Saturday's win at Southeast Missouri.
• Over the past seven games, Scaife is scoring more than one-third of his points in the final five minutes of games. He is logging 7.9 of his 21.4 average in the last five minutes over that seven-game stretch.
Scaife Scoring Consistently
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is averaging 18.3 points per game over the past 15 contests after averaging 9.5 points over the first 10 games of the season.
• 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 15 games: 18.3 ppg, 41.5% FG (83 for 200), 34.5% 3PT (39 for 113)
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
• BSU averages 12.8 turnovers per game in its 11 wins but 17.0 per game in its 14 losses.
• Ball State is 6-1 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent but 4-13 when committing more turnovers.
• The Cardinals had their lowest turnover outputs in MAC play in the recent wins Feb. 13 over Northern Illinois (10) and Feb. 9 over Western Michigan (12).
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 15 players in the nation averaging a double-double at 11.0 points and 10.0 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 ranks second in the MAC 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 16th nationally and leads the Mid-American Conference at 10.0 rebounds per game. He had 16 rebounds in Ball State's last conference game, Feb. 16 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 +3.5 on the boards on average. They out-rebounded Southeast Missouri by a 46-36 margin in Saturday's BracketBusters game.
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 6.0 rebounds per game.
• Kamieniecki averages 12.3 rebounds per 40 minutes for the second-best average on the team behind Majok Majok (12.9).
Scaife, Berry on Career Treys List
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife ranks second on BSU's career 3-pointers list with 182, 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 143 career 3-pointers, which ranks sixth in school history. Berry is 11 treys away from cracking the top five.
• Scaife also ranks among the school's all-time leaders in career minutes played (3,186, 11th), starts (88, 12th) and free throw percentage (.784, 13th).
Scaife Moving up Career Scoring List
• 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 1,198 points to rank 20th in school history.
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 second in the Mid-American Conference in steals with an average of 2.1 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 eight games this year with at least four steals.
• Bond's 53 steals already have nearly doubled his previous career high of 29 steals last season.
Posley the Distributor
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley leads the Ball State and ranks seventh in the MAC with a 1.7-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.
• Posley is coming off a career-high eight assists Saturday at Southeast Missouri for his seventh game of the year with at least five assists.
• In only one of those seven games with five assists has Posley had more than two turnovers.
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 25 games.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 16.7 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 14 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.).