MBB Visits No. 1 IU Sunday for Big Ten Network Game
Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., with the game to be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Both teams played most recently on Tuesday with Ball State (2-1) suffering its first loss of the season to Indiana State and Indiana (5-0) posting an overtime victory over Georgetown.
• Television: Big Ten Network; Play-by-play: Chris Denari; Analyst: Shon Morris
• Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Play-by-play:Joel Godett; Analyst: David Eha
• Internet: Live audio at ballstatesports.com; live stats at iuhoosiers.com
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Sunday's game at Indiana is the first road contest this year for the Cardinals.
• Ball State is 2-1 on the season and looking to bounce back from its first defeat, a 68-48 loss Tuesday to Indiana State.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife led the Cardinals with 16 points against the Sycamores, while junior forward Majok Majok posted his second double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
• Majok, the top rebounder in the Mid-American Conference, leads Ball State with averages of 14.3 points and 10.3 boards per game.
• Preseason All-MAC West Division selection Jesse Berry is averaging 12.0 points, while Scaife adds 11.3 to give the Cardinals three players averaging double figures.
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley averages 4.0 assists per game and leads the MAC in assist/turnover ratio at 6 to 1.
• Junior forward Chris Bond is tied for the MAC lead with an average of 3.7 steals per game.
• The Cardinals' roster features a different look this season as Ball State has added eight newcomers to its group of six returning players on the active roster.
• Ball State and Indiana have met 19 times previously with the Hoosiers winning 18 of them.
• The teams last played each other Dec. 30, 2006 at Assembly Hall with Indiana winning, 71-57.
• Ball State is looking for its first road win against the Hoosiers with Indiana having won each of the previous 12 meetings in Bloomington.
• Ball State's win in the series came by a 42-38 score in December 1937 under head coach Branch McCracken, who coached both the Cardinals and the Hoosiers.
• Indiana claimed the championship of the Legends Classic earlier this week with wins over Georgia (66-53) and Georgetown (82-72 in OT) in Brooklyn, N.Y.
• The Hoosiers are 5-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll. They finished 27-9 last year and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
• Senior guard Jordan Hulls and sophomore forward Cody Zeller led five double-figure scorers Tuesday against Georgetown with 17 points each, while senior forward Christian Watford had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
• Zeller (15.2 ppg), Watford (13.6), Hulls (12.2) and junior guard Victor Oladipo (10.6) are all averaging double figures, while Hulls and freshman guard Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell have combined for 46 assists in five games.
Cardinals vs. No. 1
• Sunday's game will be the third ever for Ball State against a team ranked No. 1 in the AP poll.
• The Cardinals' previous meetings against the nation's top team came Dec. 1, 1964 at Michigan (L, 92-70) and Nov. 21, 2001 against Duke (L, 83-71) in the Maui Invitational.
• The loss to Duke came in the championship game in Maui after Ball State defeated No. 4 Kansas (93-91) and No. 3 UCLA (91-73) in its first two games at the event.
• No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Kansas are the highest ranked teams Ball State has ever defeated.
• Ball State played eventual national champion UNLV in the 1990 Sweet 16 (L, 69-67), but the Runnin' Rebels entered that tournament ranked No. 2.
Majok Making His Presence Felt
• Majok Majok, a junior college transfer from Midland College, is averaging a double-double with 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He leads the Mid-American Conference in rebounding.
• 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, who came to BSU rated as the No. 18 junior college prospect by JucoJunction.com, added another double-double Tuesday against Indiana State with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Living at the Line
• Majok Majok is getting to the free throw line an average of 9.3 times per game.
• The physical Majok has shot 21 free throws over the past two games with 10 versus Wofford and 11 against Indiana State.
• After hitting only 3-of-7 free throws in the first game of the season, Majok has hit 16-of-21 (.762) over the past two games.
Bond Stealing the Show
• Junior forward Chris Bond leads the Mid-American Conference in steals through three games with an average of 3.7 per game.
• Bond had four steals in the opener against Grambling State and a career-high five Nov. 20 against Wofford. He owns 11 of the Cardinals' 25 steals as a team.
Posley Tops the MAC in Assist/Turnover Ratio
• Marcus Posley, a freshman guard, leads the Mid-American Conference in assist/turnover ratio at 6 to 1. He has handed out 12 assists and turned the ball over just twice.
• Posley recorded 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.
• Posley had five assists with one turnover the last time out against Indiana State.
Berry in Double-Figures
• Jesse Berry had his streak of five straight double-figure scoring performances snapped with his seven-point effort Tuesday against Indiana State.
• 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 farther into last year, Berry has reached double figures in eight of his past 10 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.
Scaife's Career Numbers
• 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 862.
• With three treys this year, Scaife has tied former teammate Randy Davis (2008-12) for sixth on Ball State's career 3-pointers list with 136.
• Scaife needs six more three-pointers to match his cousin and former Ball State star Bonzi Wells (1994-98) for fifth on the school's all-time list.
Fields Breaking Out
• 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.
• 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, has started all three games this year. After never averaging more than 5.4 minutes per game in a season, Fields is logging 19.0 minutes per game this year. He is averaging 5.7 points and 6.0 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.
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.
• While Ball State returns only six letterwinners from a season ago, those six players have now combined to play in 341 games with 160 starts for the Cardinals.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced Cardinal, having played in 93 career games. He has started 66 contests at Ball State.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry (65 games, 18 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (61 games, 42 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (50 games, 11 starts) and Tyler Koch (27 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (45 games, 3 starts) 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).
• Ball State's only non-freshman newcomer is Majok Majok (Perth, Australia/Midland College).
• 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.
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).
• Davis ended his career third on Ball State's career assists chart (446). 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.