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Ball State enters the tournament with wins in seven of its past eight games.
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Men's Hoops to Meet Buffalo Wednesday at MAC Tourney

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: March 11, 2013
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MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team travels to Cleveland, Ohio, as the No. 5 seed for this week's Mid-American Conference Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cardinals (15-14, 8-8 MAC) have a bye and will play Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against No. 8 seed Buffalo (12-19, 7-9 MAC). The Bulls advanced with a 74-72 home victory over No. 9 seed Central Michigan in Monday's first round.

Wednesday's Ball State-Buffalo game will be televised by SportsTime Ohio with the broadcast also carried by Comcast Indiana and streamed on

Ball State enters the tournament on a hot streak, having won five games in a row and seven of its past eight. The Cardinals secured the No. 5 seed and the last bye in the tournament with a win Saturday over Northern Illinois in their final regular-season game.

Live Coverage
• 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
• Television: SportsTime Ohio and through semifinals; ESPN2 for championship game

The MAC Tournament Road
• Ball State opens tournament play in the second round Wednesday against No. 8 seed Buffalo.
• Waiting further down the line in Ball State's half of the bracket are No. 4 seed Kent State, which has a bye into the third round, and No. 1 seed Akron, which has a bye into the semifinals.
• The other half of the bracket includes No. 2 seed Ohio, No. 3 seed Western Michigan, No. 6 seed Bowling Green, No. 7 seed Eastern Michigan, No. 10 seed Northern Illinois and No. 11 seed Miami.
• Toledo is ineligible for the postseason and is not competing in this year's tournament.

A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State closed the regular season with wins in five straight and seven of its last eight.
• The Cardinals were 2-7 through their first nine league games but rallied to finish 8-8 in MAC play (15-14 overall) and grab the No. 5 seed in this week's tournament.
• BSU secured its seed Saturday with a 53-51 win over Northern Illinois to close the regular season.
• The Cardinals trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and 11 in the second half before pulling through for their largest come-from-behind win of the season. With a loss, Ball State would have dropped to the No. 8 seed and played a first-round home game Monday.
Jauwan Scaife, who led the Cardinals with 17 points against NIU, finished as the MAC's second-leading scorer in conference play at 19.9 points per game.
• The senior guard averaged 24.0 points over the last eight games when BSU went 7-1.
• Scaife leads Ball State for the season at 16.2 points per game, followed by junior guard Jesse Berry at 13.0 per game and junior forward Majok Majok at 10.7.
• Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks 17th nationally at 9.9 boards per game, spent the majority of the season averaging a double-double.

All-MAC Honors
• Jauwan Scaife and Majok Majok were honored Monday with the release of the All-MAC teams as selected by the league's head coaches.
• Scaife was named to the All-MAC Second Team, while Majok earned third-team recognition.

The Series with Buffalo
• The Cardinals hold a 13-9 lead in the all-time series with the Bulls.
• Ball State lost its only meeting with Buffalo this season, falling 66-63 in Muncie on Jan. 23 in a game that featured 11 lead changes in the second half.
Jauwan Scaife scored 18 points in the game to lead Ball State, while Buffalo's Javon McCrea led all scorers with 24.
• The teams have met twice previously in the MAC Tournament with Buffalo winning both.
• The Bulls defeated the Cardinals 80-72 in a first-round game in Buffalo in 2006 and posted a 64-52 victory over BSU in the semifinals of the 2009 tournament in Cleveland.

All-Time in the MAC Tournament
• Ball State owns the most MAC Tournament championships in league history with seven. Ohio has six tournament titles and Kent State has five.
• The Cardinals are looking for their first league tournament crown since 2000.
• Ball State has advanced to the semifinals 20 times in its 31 tournament appearances.
• The Cardinals are returning to Cleveland after a one-year absence, having lost a first-round game last season at Western Michigan.
• BSU advanced to the semifinals the last time the Cardinals made it to Cleveland in 2011.

Cardinals at Quicken
• This season marks the 14th year Quicken Loans Arena (formerly Gund Arena) in Cleveland will host the MAC Tournament.
• Ball State won the first tournament in Cleveland in 2000 and owns a 7-7 record in tournament games at Quicken Loans Arena. (With first-round games on campus sites some years, the Cardinals have not advanced to Cleveland all 14 times).

Late-Season Charge
• Ball State closed its regular season with wins in seven of its final eight games (6-1 in the MAC plus a BracketBusters win over Southeast Missouri), including the last five in a row.
• The Cardinals found themselves tied for 11th overall in the MAC standings at 2-7 through their first nine league games entering the Feb. 9 contest with Western Michigan.
• Ball State climbed six spots in the overall MAC standings over the final month of the season and secured the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye with a victory over Northern Illinois on the final day of the regular season.

Offensive Explosion
• In Ball State's 53-51 win over Northern Illinois in the regular-season finale, the Cardinals snapped a streak of four straight games scoring 85 points or more.
• The Cardinals averaged 88.8 points over that stretch with a season-high 95 in the Feb. 27 win over Central Michigan.
• It was the first time a Ball State team reached 85 points in four consecutive games since the 1973-74 team did it in six straight during January of that season.
• The 95 points against Central Michigan were the most for Ball State in a conference game since a 96-86 victory over Eastern Michigan in January 2005.

Scaife's MAC Scoring Numbers
Jauwan Scaife's 19.9 points-per-game average in MAC play was second only to Central Michigan's Kyle Randall (20.8).
• Scaife's scoring average in league games was the highest by a Ball State player since Chris Williams scored 25.5 points per game during the conference slate in the 2002-03 season.
• Scaife put up his impressive numbers in the league by bouncing back from a slow start to his season, in which he averaged 9.5 points through the first 10 games.

Scaife During the Stretch Run
Jauwan Scaife averaged 24.0 points over the final eight games of the regular season (Ball State went 7-1) and 22.7 points over the last 11 contests.
• During that stretch, Scaife recorded two of the seven 30-point performances by MAC players in league games this year with 30 points against Western Michigan (Feb. 9) and 34 against Central Michigan (Feb. 27).
• He became the first Cardinal with 30 points in a game since Peyton Stovall (37 vs. IPFW on Dec. 31, 2007) and the first with 30 in a MAC contest since Skip Mills (38 at Buffalo on March 6, 2006).

More on Scaife's Scoring
Jauwan Scaife is one of only three players in the conference (Buffalo's Javon McCrea and CMU's Kyle Randall) with multiple 30-point games this year.
• His 34 points vs. CMU are the most in a game by any player in the MAC this season
• His 13 league games with at least 17 points were the most in the conference.

Scaife in Crunch Time
Jauwan Scaife scored seven points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, in the final 1:33 of the Feb. 23 win at Southeast Missouri.
• Over the last 11 games, Scaife scored more than one-third of his points in the final five minutes of action. He logged 7.5 of his 22.7 average in the last five minutes over that 11-game stretch while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor, 52.9 percent from 3-point range and 84.6 percent from the foul line in those last five minutes.

Berry's Explosive Performances
• Junior guard Jesse Berry topped the 20-point mark twice in the final three regular season games with those performances coming against the teams that finished tied atop the MAC West.
• Berry scored 22 in the Jan. 30 win at Toledo and then matched his career high with 28 in the March 5 victory at Western Michigan.
• Over those two games, he combined for 50 points in just 47 minutes on the court.
• Berry has now reached the 20-point mark seven times this season and nine times in his career.
• He scored 28 points for the first time earlier this season against Cleveland State.

Mr. Double-Double
• Junior forward Majok Majok spent the majority of the season averaging a double-double and enters the MAC Tournament just shy of one at 10.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
• There are currently only 15 players in the country averaging a double-double.
• Majok is seeking to become the first Cardinal to average a double-double for a season since Theron Smith, who tallied 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 2001-02.
• Majok, who ranks third in the MAC with nine double-doubles on the year, posted nearly identical numbers to his overall numbers in league play at 10.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
• His best game came at MAC regular-season co-champion Akron, where he scored a career-high 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
• 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 on the Glass
• For the season, Majok Majok ranks 17th nationally and leads the Mid-American Conference at 9.9 rebounds per game. He has had seven games this year with 13 or more boards.
• 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.

Bond Knows How to Finish
• Over the last four games of the regular season, junior forward Chris Bond hit 65.7 percent of his shots from the floor and averaged 13.2 points.
• Bond has connected on 53.4 percent of his career field goal attempts, which is on pace to rank sixth in school history.
• He shot 60.0 percent in MAC play this season (second-best in the league behind Akron's Zeke Marshall), including an 8-for-8 effort Jan. 9 at Eastern Michigan, where he scored a career-high 18 points and hit the game-winning free throws in the final second.

Bond Stealing the Show
Chris Bond ranks tied for second in the MAC in steals with an average of 2.0 per game.
• Bond matched his career high with five steals, all in the second half, Jan. 26 at Miami.
• He has had eight games this year with at least four steals.
• Bond's 60 steals already have doubled his previous career high of 29 steals last season.
• His 1.3 steals-per-game average for his career currently ranks ninth in school history.

Scaife in the Record Books
Jauwan Scaife surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career earlier this season at Akron.
• The local product from Muncie Central High School became the 26th member of Ball State's 1,000-point club. He now owns 1,298 points to rank 14th in school history.
• Scaife also ranks among the school's all-time leaders in career games played (119, 8th), minutes played (3,333, 8th), starts (92, T-9th), free throws made (316, 11th) and free throw percentage (.784, 13th).

Scaife, Berry on Career Treys List
Jauwan Scaife ranks second on BSU's career 3-pointers list with 196, trailing only Patrick Jackson (1998-2002), who holds the school record at 202.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry is quickly climbing the list, as well. He has moved up to No. 5 in program history with 157 career 3-pointers and needs just six more to move into the top three.
• During MAC play this year, Scaife ranked second in the league with 2.8 3-pointers per game and Berry was third at 2.7. Berry shot 41.2 percent from beyond the arc in conference games.

Playing Well Away from Home
• The MAC Tournament will mark Ball State's first action at a neutral site this season, but the Cardinals have found plenty of success away from home.
• Ball State finished the regular season with a 7-6 record on the road, including a 5-3 mark in MAC road games.
• The Cardinals' seven total road wins are tied with Akron and Ohio for second-most in the MAC this year behind Kent State's eight. BSU's five road wins in MAC play were second only to the seven league wins for the Zips and Bobcats.
• In conference games, Ball State shot nearly seven percentage points higher on the road than at home (47.8 percent on the road, 40.9 percent at home).
• The Cardinals improved their play at home down the stretch. Ball State finished 3-5 in MAC home games, but all three wins came in their final four games at Worthen Arena.

Cleaning Up on the Glass
• BSU out-rebounded 12 of its 16 Mid-American Conference opponents during the regular season.
• The Cardinals out-rebounded their opponent by double digits in five of those games: March 2 at Toledo (45-24), Jan. 26 at Miami (37-17), Jan. 30 vs. Toledo (41-25), Jan. 9 at Eastern Michigan (29-16) and Feb. 16 vs. Eastern Michigan (33-23).
• Ball State's +5.2 average rebounding margin in conferences games ranked second in the MAC behind Akron.
• The Cardinals managed to defeat Northern Illinois in the regular-season finale despite being out-rebounded by 13, which matched their largest deficit of the season on the boards.

High Volume Rebounding
• Despite having his minutes limited for much of the season with a back problem, junior forward Matt Kamieniecki is tied for second on the team at 6.0 rebounds per game.
• Kamieniecki averages 11.5 rebounds per 40 minutes for the second-best average on the team behind Majok Majok (12.8).

Posley the Distributor
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley leads Ball State with 2.9 assists per game and a 1.55-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.
• Posley had a career-high eight assists Feb. 23 at Southeast Missouri and dished out five March 2 at Toledo for his eighth game of the year with at least five assists.

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 21 of Ball State's 29 games.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 15.6 minutes per game this year after never logging more than 5.4 minutes per game previously.
• Fields logged career highs with 10 points and eight rebounds in the Grambling State game.

Going Down to the Wire
• Ball State has won three games this season by scoring in the final second.
• The Cardinals defeated Norfolk State on Majok Majok's dunk as time expired Jan. 2, Eastern Michigan on Chris Bond's free throws with no time left Jan. 9 and Southeast Missouri on Jauwan Scaife's 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining Feb. 23.
• Ball State won with its defense in the final second Sunday against Northern Illinois as the Huskies missed a contested 3-point attempt at the buzzer in the Cardinals' 53-51 victory.

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