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Zach Fields and the Cardinals are 2-0 to start the season.
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Men's Basketball Hosts ISU Tuesday in Rivalry Game

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: November 18, 2012
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team is preparing to host rival Indiana State for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (2-0) are coming off a 66-61 victory over Wofford, while Indiana State (2-1) is coming off a 70-57 win over Truman State.

Tuesday's game will be televised by Ball State Sports Link and will air on Comcast Indiana 81 in addition to Comcast stations in Michigan. The Sports Link broadcast will also be streamed live for free on

Live Coverage
• Television: Ball State Sports Link (live on Comcast Indiana 81, tape-delay on Fox College Sports);
Announcers: Pat Boylan, Timmy Fogarty, Bonzi Wells and Ashley Reed
Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Play-by-play: Joel Godett; Analyst: David Eha
Radio (Student): Sports Link Radio (91.3 FM WCRD); Play-by-play: Sean Stewart; Analyst: Donnie Kolakowski, Tyler Bradfield
• Internet: Live stats, audio and video at

The Matchup    
• With 126 previous meetings, Ball State has played Indiana State more than any other opponent in school history. The series dates all the way back to 1922.
Indiana State owns a 69-57 lead all-time against the Cardinals, but Ball State has a 39-21 record against the Sycamores in games played in Muncie.
The Cardinals have won their past 11 home games against Indiana State, including all nine since moving into Worthen Arena.
Indiana State won last year's meeting, 57-50, in Terre Haute. Jauwan Scaife led all scorers with 15 points, and the Cardinals rallied to cut a 19-point halftime deficit to five but could get no closer.

A Quick Look at the Cardinals    
• Ball State improved to 2-0 with a 66-61 victory Friday over Wofford.
Freshman guard Michael Ramey keyed a 13-2 run midway through the second half with 3-pointers on three straight possessions that took Ball State from a six-point deficit to a lead it never lost.
Forward Majok Majok led the Cardinals with 17 points against Wofford. Through two games, the junior college transfer is averaging a near double-double at 14.0 points and 9.5 boards per game.
Junior guard Jesse Berry, a preseason All-Mid-American Conference West Division selection, is averaging 14.5 points per game to lead a balanced scoring attack for Ball State. The Cardinals had five double-figure scorers in the opener against Grambling and four in game two against Wofford.
Ball State has generated 19 steals and forced 37 total turnovers through two games, turning them into 51 points on the offensive end.

Scouting Indiana State 
Indiana State improved to 2-1 Saturday with a 70-57 home victory over Truman State. The Sycamores also own a win over Winthrop with their only loss coming in the season opener at 13th-ranked UCLA.
Junior point guard Jake Odum led Indiana State against Truman State with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Junior forward R.J. Mahurin added 12 points in the win.
Odum leads the Sycamores with averages of 12.7 points and 4.3 assists per game, while sophomore center Justin Gant adds 11.3 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. Mahurin gives the Sycamores three players averaging double-figure scoring with 10.3 points per game.
The Sycamores finished last season with a record of 19-15. They have competed in three straight postseasons with bids to the College Basketball Invitational (2010), the NCAA tournament (2011) and the Tournament (2012).

Majok Making His Presence Felt              
Majok Majok, a junior college transfer from Midland College, is averaging 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. His rebounding average ranks second in the Mid-American Conference.
Majok posted a double-double in his first game as a Cardinal with 11 points and 12 rebounds Nov. 11 against Grambling State. He became the first player with a double-double in his Ball State debut since Jarrod Jones in November 2008 (21 points, 13 rebounds vs. Eastern Illinois).
Majok led Ball State with 17 points Friday against Wofford, including a 9-for-10 shooting performance from the free throw line.

Bond Stealing the Show               
Junior forward Chris Bond leads the Mid-American Conference in steals through two games with an average of 4.5 per game.
Bond had four steals in the opener against Grambling State and a career-high five against Wofford. He owns nine of the Cardinals' 19 steals as a team.

Berry Picking Up Where He Left Off        
Dating back to the end of last season, junior guard Jesse Berry has averaged 16.4 points per game over his past five 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 and 12 against Wofford.
Going back a little farther into last season, Berry has reached double-figure scoring in eight of his past nine games.
Berry earned the second MAC West Division Player of the Week award of his career after his 17-point performance in the season opener. He needed just six attempts from the floor and connected on four of them (all 3-pointers) to go along with a 5-for-5 effort at the free throw line.

300 Games in the Books at Worthen      
Friday's game against Wofford was 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.
The Cardinals own an all-time record of 219-81 at the facility for a .730 winning percentage.
Since its first full season in Worthen, Ball State has averaged 10.85 home wins per year.

Fields Breaking Out        
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, is averaging 20.5 minutes per game, 15 minutes more than his previous top season average. He is averaging 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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 846.
With two treys this year, Scaife has tied Skip Mills (2003-07) for seventh in school history with 135 career 3-pointers. He needs one more to match former teammate Randy Davis (2008-12) for sixth on the all-time list.

Posley Impressive in Debut        
Marcus Posley, a freshman guard, handed out six assists without a turnover to go along with 12 points in the season-opening 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.

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.

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.

Returning Experience   
While Ball State returns only six letterwinners from a season ago, those six players have now combined to play in 336 games with 156 starts for the Cardinals.
Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced Cardinal, having played in 92 career games. He has started 65 contests at Ball State.
Junior guard Jesse Berry (64 games, 17 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (60 games, 41 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (49 games, 11 starts) and Tyler Koch (27 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (44 games, 2 starts) also have a wealth of experience in the Ball State program.

Welcome Freshmen      
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
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.

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.

Up Next              
Following Tuesday's contest with Indiana State, Ball State will hit the road for the first time with a trip to Bloomington, Ind., to meet top-ranked Indiana on Sunday, Nov. 25.
The game at Indiana and a Dec. 1 meeting with Butler are the only two road contests for Ball State in the first eight games of the season.

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