Cardinals Welcome Wofford Friday for Men's Hoops
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team is back in action Friday night, hosting Wofford in its second game of the 2012-13 season. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in the Cardinals' 300th game at Worthen Arena.
Ball State (1-0) is coming off a season-opening, 78-51 win Sunday over Grambling State, while Wofford (1-1) evened its record Monday with an 87-54 win over Webber International.
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• Ball State welcomes Wofford to Worthen Arena for the Cardinals' 300th game at the facility.
• Friday's matchup is a return game for the Cardinals' trip to Wofford two seasons ago for an ESPN BracketBusters game.
• That game on Feb. 19, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C., is the only previous meeting in the series. Wofford won the game, 66-61, in a contest that was decided in the closing minutes.
• Current Cardinals Jauwan Scaife and Chris Bond were two of four players in double figures for Ball State that day with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State (1-0) opened the season Sunday with a 78-51 win over Grambling State in the first of three straight home games to begin the season.
• Jesse Berry, a preseason All-Mid-American Conference West Division selection, was named MAC West Player of the Week after scoring a game-high 17 points in Sunday's opener. The junior guard knocked down 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc.
• Marcus Posley (12 points), Majok Majok (11), Zach Fields (10) and Chris Bond (10) also scored in double figures against Grambling State. No Ball State player attempted more than nine shots, and the Cardinals recorded 17 assists on their 25 made field goals.
• Majok, a junior college transfer, added 12 rebounds to his 11 points for a double-double in his Ball State debut, while fifth-year senior Zach Fields had career highs with 10 points and eight boards.
• The Cardinals forced 20 Grambling State turnovers and turned them into 31 points.
• Ball State, which finished 15-15 a season ago, features a new look this year with eight newcomers (seven freshmen and one junior college transfer) joining six returning players on the active roster.
• Wofford (1-1) rolled past NAIA program Webber International, 87-54, at home Monday for its first win of the 2012-13 season.
• The Terriers opened the season with a 74-59 road loss at Colorado, a team from the Pac-12 that won a first-round game in last year's NCAA tournament.
• Sophomore guard Karl Cochran scored 25 points in the win over Webber International and is averaging a team-best 23.5 points per game. Freshman guard Spencer Collins (16.0 ppg) and sophomore forward Lee Skinner (10.5 ppg) are also averaging double figures for the Terriers.
• Wofford has played in three straight postseasons, reaching the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2011 as the Southern Conference champion and then competing last season in the CBI.
• This year's Wofford team has a different look with seven freshmen and just one returning starter.
Game No. 300 at Worthen
• Friday's game against Wofford will be the 300th for Ball State at Worthen Arena.
• The facility, formerly known as University Arena, opened Jan. 15, 1992 for that season's Mid-American Conference home opener against Miami University. Ball State won the game, 70-64.
• In the previous 299 games at Worthen Arena, the Cardinals have posted a home record of 218-81 for a .729 winning percentage at the facility.
• Since their first full season in Worthen, the Cardinals have averaged 10.85 home wins per year.
Berry Named MAC West Player of the Week
• Ball State junior guard Jesse Berry was selected Monday as the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week after scoring a team-high 17 points in the win over Grambling State.
• Berry needed just six shots from the floor, all of which came from 3-point range, to score his 17 points. He knocked down four of those treys and finished a perfect 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
• His 17 points Sunday were the most by a West Division player on the season's opening weekend, while his four 3-pointers were one shy of his career high.
• It was his second career MAC West Division Player of the Week award.
Berry Picking Up Where He Left Off
• Dating back to the end of last season, junior guard Jesse Berry has averaged 17.5 points per game over his past four contests.
• Berry closed the 2011-12 campaign with a 15-point performance against Central Michigan, followed by back-to-back 19-point efforts versus Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. He went for 17 in the 2012-13 season opener against Grambling State.
• Going back a little farther into last season, Berry has reached double-figure scoring in seven of his past eight games.
• Majok Majok, a junior college transfer from Midland College, posted a double-double in his first game as a Cardinal with 11 points and 12 rebounds Sunday against Grambling State. He became the first Ball State player since Jarrod Jones in 2008-09 with a double-double in his Cardinal debut.
• Jones, who went on to earn all-conference recognition four times, had 21 points and 13 rebounds against Eastern Illinois as a freshman in his first career game.
Big-Time Debut No. 2
• Marcus Posley, a freshman guard, handed out six assists without a turnover to go along with 12 points in the win over Grambling State.
• His six assists were the most by a Ball State freshman in his debut since Peyton Stovall dished out seven helpers against Xavier in the 2003-04 season opener.
• Posley and Majok were two of six players to make their Ball State debut against Grambling.
Fields Breaks Out in Opener
• After four years in the Ball State program and 42 career games played, fifth-year senior center Zach Fields made his first career start in the season opener against Grambling State.
• Fields made the most of the opportunity, 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, teamed with Majok Majok to dominate the paint against Grambling. The duo combined for 21 points and 20 rebounds, helping the Cardinals out-score the Tigers in the paint by a 30-10 margin.
Scaife Primed for Senior Season
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife, who has averaged double-figure scoring in two of his first three seasons, owns the most career points among the current Ball State players with 832.
• Scaife ranks eighth in school history with 134 career 3-pointers. He needs one more to match Skip Mills (2003-07) for seventh on the all-time list and two more to tie former teammate Randy Davis (2008-12) for sixth.
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 331 games with 152 starts for the Cardinals.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced Cardinal, having played in 91 career games. He has started 64 contests at Ball State.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry (63 games, 16 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (59 games, 40 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (48 games, 11 starts) and Tyler Koch (27 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (43 games, 1 start) 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).
Cardinals Add JUCO Post Presence
• Ball State's only non-freshman newcomer is junior post player Majok Majok, a transfer from Midland College in Texas.
• Majok was rated as the No. 18 junior college prospect in the country by JucoJunction.com.
• He was an all-conference selection in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference as a sophomore after averaging 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Locking Down on Defense
• Ball State has ranked first or second in the Mid-American Conference for scoring defense in each of the past four seasons.
• Here are the Cardinals rankings by year: 2008-09 (59.7, 1st), 2009-10 (62.4, 1st), 2010-11 (64.0, 1st), 2011-12 (60.7, 2nd).
• Ball State also ranked second in the MAC in field goal percentage defense last year, holding opponents to 40.8 percent shooting from the floor.
Lost from Last Season
• This year's Ball State lineup is the first in four years not to feature post player Jarrod Jones and point guard Randy Davis.
• Jones finished his career last season ranked sixth on Ball State's all-time scoring list (1,615) and third on the school's all-time rebounding list (975). He started more games (120) than any other player in Ball State history.
• Davis ended his career third on Ball State's career assists chart (446) and eighth in school history for career starts (95). As a senior last year, he ranked second in NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio at 3.27.
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 12 non-conference 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.
• Following Friday's contest with Wofford, Ball State will wrap up its season-opening, three-game home stand Tuesday, Nov. 20 against rival Indiana State.
• The Cardinals will then travel to top-ranked Indiana for their first road game Nov. 25.