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Jauwan Scaife leads the Cardinals at 15.8 points per game in MAC play.
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Men's Hoops Welcomes Ohio for Red Out Wednesday

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Release: February 05, 2013
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- It will be a "Red Out" Wednesday night at Worthen Arena when Ball State hosts Ohio for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Mid-American Conference play.

Fans are encouraged to wear red, and the team will also be wearing its red uniforms.

Ball State (8-12, 2-6 MAC) is coming off a 70-59 setback Saturday at Bowling Green, while Ohio (15-6, 6-1 MAC) had a seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday with an 86-72 loss at Akron.

Live Coverage
• Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Play-by-play: Joel Godett; Analyst: Jerry Peirson
• Radio (Student): Sports Link Radio (91.3 FM WCRD); Play-by-play: Sean Stewart; Analyst: Donnie Kolakowski, Tyler Bradfield
• Internet: Live video, audio and stats at ballstatesports.com

The Matchup
• Ball State trails 40-33 in the all-time series with Ohio.
• The Cardinals hold an 18-5 advantage in games played in Muncie and a 10-4 mark against the Bobcats inside Worthen Arena.
• Ohio snuck past Ball State last season 59-55 in Athens, Ohio, but the Cardinals won the previous meeting 76-73 in overtime at the 2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament.
• The margin of victory has not been larger than eight points for either team over the past seven meetings with five of those being decided by four points or fewer and three going to overtime.
• In last year's loss, Ball State's Chris Bond had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• The Cardinals will be wearing red uniforms for Wednesday's "Red Out" against Ohio.
• Ball State enters the game at 8-12 (2-6 MAC) after a 70-59 loss Saturday at Bowling Green.
• Guards Jauwan Scaife (17 points) and Jesse Berry (13) scored in double figures against the Falcons, but the Cardinals were out-rebounded (30-26) for the first time in conference play.
• Ball State whittled a 13-point halftime deficit to four on two occasions in the second half but could get no closer.
• For the season, a trio of Cardinals leads the team offensively with remarkably similar offensive production. Scaife is scoring 13.0 points per game, followed closely by Berry at 12.9 and junior forward Majok Majok at 12.6.
• Ball State is one four teams in the MAC with three players averaging double figures and the only one with three in the top 15 in the league in scoring -- Scaife 10th, Berry 12th and Majok 14th.
• Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks 13th nationally in rebounding, is one of 14 players in the country averaging a double-double at 12.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Scouting Ohio
• Ohio suffered its first conference loss and had a seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday, dropping to 15-6 (6-1 MAC) with an 86-72 loss at league-leading Akron.
• Senior guard D.J. Cooper paces Ohio with 14.5 points and a league-best 8.0 assists per game.
• Four other Bobcats average better than 8.0 points per game: Reggie Keely (11.5), Walter Offutt (10.9), Nick Kellogg (9.1) and Ivo Baltic (8.2).
• Ohio ranks first in the MAC in field goal percentage (.484) and 3-point percentage (.370) and second in scoring offense (74.4 points per game) and scoring margin (+10.0).
• The Bobcats, coming off an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance last season, were the preseason pick to win both the MAC East Division and the league's postseason tournament.

More on Saturday's Loss at Bowling Green
• Ball State shot better than 45 percent for the third game in a row, but Bowling Green shot nearly 58 percent for the game, including better than 64 percent in the first half.
• Majok bounced back from a scoreless first half to come up one point shy of his ninth double-double of the season with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Matt Kamieniecki finished with six points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.

Red Out at Worthen Arena
• Ball State will be wearing red uniforms for Wednesday's game against Ohio instead of the usual home white ones.
• The Cardinals have also encouraged all fans to wear red for the game.

Clicking on Offense
• Ball State has posted two of its top-4 point totals of the season in the past three games with a season-high 82 points against Miami and 78 versus Toledo.
• The Cardinals are shooting 49.7 percent from the floor over the past three games.
• Four players are averaging more than 15.0 points per game over the past three -- Jauwan Scaife (18.0), Jesse Berry (17.0), Majok Majok (15.3) and Chris Bond (10.7). They account for 83.5 percent of the Cardinals' scoring over the past three games (183 of 219 points).

Cardinals in Every Game
• Ball State is 2-6 in conference play, but the Cardinals have either led or been within one point during the second half in five of those 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

Production at the Top
• Ball State is getting 47.0 points per game from its top-4 scorers -- Jauwan Scaife (13.0), Jesse Berry (12.9), Majok Majok (12.6) and Chris Bond (8.5).
• Among MAC teams, only Toledo (51.0 ppg) is getting more production from its top-4 scorers.

Scaife Picking up his Offense
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is averaging 16.5 points per game over the past 10 contests after averaging 9.5 points over the first 10 games of the season.
• Scaife has scored at least 18 points in five of the past 10 games, including a season-high 23 points last week versus Toledo.
• 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 10 games: 16.4 ppg, 42.5% FG (51 for 120), 38.6% 3PT (27 for 70)

Mr. Double-Double
• Junior forward Majok Majok is one of 14 players in the nation averaging a double-double at 12.6 points and 10.4 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 leads the MAC with eight double-doubles, is averaging 14.8 points and 10.1 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 13th nationally and leads the Mid-American Conference at 10.4 rebounds per game. He averages more than two rebounds per game better than his nearest competitor in the league rankings (WMU's Shayne Whittington, 8.2).
• 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.

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.

Scaife, Berry on Career Treys List
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is now second on BSU's career 3-pointers list with 170.
• He surpassed Peyton Stovall (2003-08) for No. 2 on the list and now trails only Patrick Jackson (1998-2002), who holds the school record at 202.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry is quickly climbing the list, as well. He now owns 141 career 3-pointers to rank seventh in school history. He is 14 treys away from cracking the top five.

Lineup Consistency
• Ball State has used only two starting lineups the entire season.
• Guards Jesse Berry and Jauwan Scaife, forwards Chris Bond and Majok Majok, and center Zach Fields have composed the starting lineup for 17 of the 20 games.
• Forward Matt Kamieniecki has taken Fields' place in the other three.

Cleaning Up on the Glass
• Ball State has out-rebounded seven of its first eight Mid-American Conference opponents, including Miami by 20 (37-17), Toledo by 16 (41-25) and Eastern Michigan by 13 (29-16).
• The Cardinals were out-rebounded for the first time in league play Saturday at Bowling Green by a 30-26 margin.
• Ball State has out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 35.5 to 27.9 in league play for a +7.6 margin that is tied for the best in the MAC with Akron.
• For the season, the Cardinals are +4.0 on the boards on average.

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 1,088 points to rank 24th 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 12.8 rebounds per 40 minutes for the second-best average on the team behind Majok Majok (13.2).
• By comparison, Siena's O.D. Anosike, who leads the nation with 11.6 rebounds per game, is pulling down 12.3 boards per 40 minutes.

Bond Knows How to Finish
• Junior forward Chris Bond has connected on 52.6 percent of his career field goal attempts, which is on pace to rank seventh in school history.
• Bond is shooting 59.3 percent in MAC play this season (third-best in the league), including an 8-for-8 effort 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 first in the Mid-American Conference in steals with an average of 2.3 per game and first in league games only at 2.9 per game.
• Bond matched his career-high with five steals, all in the first half, Jan. 26 at Miami.
• He has had seven games this year with at least four steals.
• Bond's 46 steals have already surpassed his previous career high of 29 steals last season.

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.

Posley the Distributor
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley leads the Ball State guards with a 1.8-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.
• Posley has reached five assists in five games this year, including a career-best six helpers without a turnover in the season-opening win over Grambling State.
• In all five of those games, Posley has had one turnover or fewer.
• He has had only five games all season with 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 17 of Ball State's 20 games.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 17.8 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.
• He scored eight points in the MAC-opening win at Eastern Michigan and added nine more Jan. 19 at Central Michigan.

Second-Half Shooting Improvement
• Ball State has been a better shooting team and a higher scoring team in the second half of games this season.
• The Cardinals are shooting 46.2 percent in the second half of games compared to 39.2 percent in the first half. BSU is scoring 34.2 points in the second half compared to 29.6 in the first.
• Ball State's interior players have been especially efficient over the final 20 minutes of games with Majok Majok shooting 58.5 percent, Chris Bond 58.2 percent and Zach Fields 56.7 percent in the second half of games.

Ramey Misses Time
• Freshman guard Michael Ramey has been out for the past nine 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.).

Thrilling Finishes
• Ball State won both its last non-conference game and its first MAC contest on its final possession.
• The Cardinals topped Norfolk State, 62-61, Jan. 2 when Jesse Berry drove the length of the floor with 6.3 seconds left and found Majok Majok for a buzzer-beating dunk.
• Jan. 9 at Eastern Michigan, Berry's pass went to Chris Bond, who drew a foul at the rim and made both free throws with less than one second left to lift the Cardinals to a 60-58 win.

Koch Back in Action
• Junior forward Tyler Koch is now 12 games into his return to the court after missing the first eight games of the season with a hand injury.
• Koch scored a season-high 10 points Dec. 23 against IUPUI.
• A former Wright State transfer, Koch started 22 games last year in his first season at Ball State. He scored 6.6 points and grabbed 3.3 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.

Returning Experience
• While Ball State returns only six letterwinners from a season ago, those six players have now combined to play in 435 games with 228 starts for the Cardinals.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced, having played in 110 games (83 starts).
• Junior guard Jesse Berry (82 games, 35 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (78 games, 59 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (64 games, 14 starts) and Tyler Koch (39 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (62 games, 17 starts) also have a wealth of experience in the Ball State program.

 

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