Men's Hoops Meets Kent State Saturday at Worthen
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team hosts Kent State at 2 p.m. Saturday to open the home portion of its Mid-American Conference schedule.
The game will be televised from Worthen Arena by Ball State Sports Link and will air throughout the state on Comcast Indiana 81.
Ball State (7-6, 1-0 MAC) is coming off a 60-58 victory Wednesday at Eastern Michigan on Chris Bond's free throws in the final second. It was the second straight last-second victory for the Cardinals. Kent State (9-6, 0-1 MAC) suffered a 70-58 home loss to Toledo Wednesday in its conference opener.
• Television: Ball State Sports Link (live on Comcast Indiana 81); Play-by-play: Pat Boylan; Analyst: Timmy Fogarty
• 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 video, audio and stats at ballstatesports.com
• Ball State Spirit Day
• Family 4-Pack: four general admission tickets, four jumbo hot dogs, four bags of chips and four 22-ounce sodas or water bottles for $40.
• $2 cheeseburgers
• Special opportunities available for faculty/staff, alumni and student families, including a tour of Worthen Arena, the chance to participate in a fan tunnel and the chance to shoot free throws and layups after the game. Click here for more info. Availability is limited.
• Ball State holds a 38-37 lead in the all-time series with Kent State, although the Golden Flashes have won the past eight meetings dating back to the 2005-06 season.
• The Cardinals are 26-9 all-time against Kent State in Muncie, including 9-5 inside Worthen Arena, but the Golden Flashes have won in each of their past three trips to Muncie.
• Kent State handed the Cardinals a 76-55 loss last year in Kent, Ohio on Feb. 11, 2012. • The Flashes posted a 79-68 win in their last trip to Muncie on March 11, 2011.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State improved to 7-6 (1-0 MAC) with a 60-58 victory Wednesday at Eastern Michigan in its Mid-American Conference opener.
• Junior forward Chris Bond was fouled with less than one second to play and hit two free throws to break a tie score and give Ball State a second straight win on its final possession.
• Bond was a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor at Eastern Michigan and tied his career high with 18 points to match senior guard Jauwan Scaife for game-high honors.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry -- a preseason all-conference selection and the reigning MAC West Player of the Week -- leads the Cardinals and ranks eighth in the league with 13.8 points per game.
• Scaife is averaging 19.0 points over the past three contests and has raised his scoring average for the season to 11.7 points.
• Junior forward Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks tied for 17th nationally in rebounding, is one of 18 players in the nation averaging a double-double at 10.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Scouting Kent State
• Kent State had a four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday with a 70-58 home loss in its MAC opener at Toledo, falling to 9-6 on the season (0-1 MAC).
• Senior forward Chris Evans, who scored 20 points in the Toledo game, leads the Golden Flashes and ranks second in the MAC with 16.7 points per game. He also tops the team with 7.5 rebounds per game.
• Senior guard Randal Holt scores 13.2 points per game and sophomore guard Kris Brewer adds 8.5 per contest.
• Kent State ranks third in the MAC in scoring offense at 70.5 points per game, and the Flashes are allowing 67.7 points on average.
• Ball State has won back-to-back games 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.
• Wednesday 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.
More on the Win over Eastern Michigan
• Ball State shot a season-best 58.5 percent in Wednesday's win at Eastern Michigan, including 63.6 percent in the first half, to overcome a season-high 19 turnovers.
• The Cardinals recorded 18 assists on their 24 made field goals, held a 34-20 advantage in the paint and also won the rebounding battle, 29-16.
• EMU erased an eight-point deficit in the final 4:26 before Chris Bond's game-winning free throws.
Berry Named MAC West Player of the Week
• Jesse Berry was named the MAC West Player of the Week on Monday after posting 21 points and four assists and setting Majok Majok up for the game-winning dunk Jan. 2 against Norfolk State.
• It was the second player of the week award for Berry this season and the third of his career. Majok also won the award for Ball State earlier this season.
Scaife Picking up his Offense
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is averaging 19.0 points per game over Ball State's past three contests after scoring a season-high 21 Dec. 23 against IUPUI and going for 18 against both Norfolk State and Eastern Michigan.
• After shooting 29.3 percent from the floor (27-for-92) and 20.0 percent from 3-point range (10-for-50) over the first 10 games, Scaife has knocked down 55.9 percent from the floor (19-for-34) and 57.9 percent from beyond the arc (11-for-19) over the past three outings.
Scaife Closing in on 1,000
• With 57 points over the past three games against IUPUI and Norfolk State and Eastern Michigan, senior guard Jauwan Scaife now owns 980 career points.
• The local product from Muncie Central High School needs just 20 more points to become the 26th member of Ball State's 1,000-point club.
Berry's Explosive Performances
• Junior guard Jesse Berry topped the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season and the third time in four games with his 21-point effort in the non-conference finale against Norfolk State.
• Berry, who leads Ball State with 13.8 points per game, 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.
• Berry owns six career 20-point games and has led the Cardinals in scoring six times this year.
• He has been the MAC West Player of the Week twice this season and three times in his career.
• Junior forward Majok Majok is one of 18 players in the nation averaging a double-double at 10.8 points and 10.2 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 was named the MAC West Co-Player of the Week Dec. 10 after averaging 13.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per game in wins over Holy Cross (Ind.) and South Dakota the previous week.
• With 18 points and 17 rebounds Dec. 5 against Holy Cross (Ind.), Majok became the first Ball State player since Cameron Echols in 2002 with at least 18 points and 17 rebounds in a game.
• The No. 18 junior college prospect in the country by JucoJunction.com coming out of Midland, Majok is tied for the Mid-American Conference lead with four double-doubles.
Majok on the Glass
• For the season, Majok ranks tied for 17th nationally and leads the Mid-American Conference at 10.2 rebounds per game.
• 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.
Posley the Distributor
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley leads the Cardinals with an average of 3.0 assists per game and ranks third in the Mid-American Conference with a 2.3 to 1 assist/turnover ratio.
• Posley has reached five assists in four games this year, including a career-best six helpers without a turnover in the season-opening win over Grambling State.
• If you throw out his one-assist, five-turnover performance against Cleveland State, Posley has recorded 38 assists and just 12 turnovers in the other 12 games.
Bond Stealing the Show
• Junior forward Chris Bond ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in steals with an average of 2.1 per game.
• Bond had a career-high five steals Nov. 20 against Wofford and has recorded four steals in three other games.
Koch Returning to Form
• Junior forward Tyler Koch is now five games into his return to the court after missing the first eight games of the season with a hand injury.
• Koch scored 10 points Dec. 23 against IUPUI and then added six points on a pair of key 3-pointers in the Jan. 2 win over Norfolk State.
• 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.
High Volume Rebounding
• Junior forward Matt Kamieniecki is averaging 0.36 rebounds per minute, having grabbed 54 rebounds in his 150 minutes on the court.
• By comparison, Siena's O.D. Anosike, who leads the nation with 12.5 rebounds per game, is pulling down 0.33 boards per minute.
• Kamieniecki matched his career high with nine rebounds in 16 minutes Nov. 25 at Indiana.
Scaife, Berry on Career Treys List
• With 21 treys this season, senior guard Jauwan Scaife has moved into a tie for fourth place on Ball State's career 3-pointers list with 154.
• Scaife recently moved past his cousin and former Ball State star Bonzi Wells (1994-98) and is now tied with Chris Williams (2001-03) for fourth on the all-time list. He is seven shy of Randy Zachary (1993-97) for third.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry has also climbed into the top 10 on that list. He now owns 123 career 3-pointers to rank tied for ninth.
Getting to the Line
• As a team, the Cardinals are getting to the free throw line 23.2 times per game.
• BSU has shot 63 more free throws than its opponents (301-238) for the season.
• Junior forward Majok Majok (81 attempts) and junior guard Jesse Berry (73 attempts) have combined to shoot 154 free throws, more than half of Ball State's team total.
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.
• 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).
• While Ball State returns only six letterwinners from a season ago, those six players have now combined to play in 393 games with 200 starts for the Cardinals.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced, having played in 103 games (76 starts).
• Junior guard Jesse Berry (75 games, 28 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (71 games, 52 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (57 games, 11 starts) and Tyler Koch (32 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (55 games, 13 starts) also have a wealth of experience in the Ball State program.
Fields Gets Smaller to Play Bigger Role
• 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 and has started every game since.
• Fields made the most of the opportunity in the opener, logging career highs with 10 points and eight rebounds. His previous career bests were four points and four boards.
• He scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in Wednesday's win at Eastern Michigan.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 18.5 minutes per game this year after never logging more than 5.4 minutes per game previously.
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).
Home Sweet Home
• Earlier this season, Ball State played its 300th game 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 222-84 at the facility for a .725 winning percentage.
• Since its first full season in Worthen, Ball State has averaged 10.85 home wins per year.