Men's Hoops Hosts Ohio Sunday In MAC Tournament First Round

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Release: March 06, 2010
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What's On Tap . . .                  
Ball State enters the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament as the eight seed and will host ninth-seeded Ohio Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Worthen Arena ... The winner of Sunday's game will advance to the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals in Cleveland, Ohio and will face No. 1 seed Kent State Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena ... BSU posted a 15-14 regular season record and an 8-8 mark in MAC play ... The Cardinals ended the season in a three-way tie for second place in the MAC West Division, tied with Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan ... Ball State has dropped three straight games heading into the MAC Tournament ... The Cardinals are led by third-year head coach Billy Taylor ... Ohio enters Sunday's first round contest with a 17-14 overall record and a 7-9 mark in MAC play ... The Bobcats finished the season in fifth place in the MAC East Division and won three out of their last four games with wins over Wright State, Miami and Bowling Green ... Ohio is led by third-year head coach John Groce.  

Sunday's game will be broadcast on 104.1 WLBC FM with Morry Mannies and David Eha providing the call ... Live stats will also be available at

MAC Tournament History . . .  
Ball State is making its 29 appearance all-time in the Mid-American Conference Tournament this season ... The Cardinals are tied for the most MAC Tournament appearances with Miami and Eastern Michigan ... Ball State is 36-22 all-time in MAC Tournament history, with its 36 victories the most of any team in league history ... The Cardinals have advanced to the MAC Tournament Semifinals 19 times in program history and have made the MAC Tournament Final nine times ... Ball State owns the conference's most MAC Tournament Championships with seven, including titles in the 1981, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995 and 2000 seasons ... Ball State advanced to the semifinal round for the 19th time last season after earning an overtime victory against Central Michigan in the quarterfinals.     

Ball State will be playing a MAC Tournament game in Muncie, Ind., for the first time since the 2004 season ... That year, the sixth-seeded Cardinals defeated 11th-seeded Akron 76-72 ... Ball State is 7-2 all-time in MAC Tournament games held in Muncie, Ind. ... Ball State has faced 12 different teams in the MAC Tournament ... The Cardinals are 4-0 all-time against Central Michigan; 2-0 against Marshall; 1-0 against Akron; 6-1 against Ohio; 4-1 against Western Michigan; 3-1 against Kent State; 5-2 against Toledo; 5-4 against Miami; 2-2 against Northern Illinois; 3-5 against Eastern Michigan; 1-4 against Bowling Green and 0-2 against Buffalo.  

Ball State and Ohio have met seven times in MAC Tournament history with the Cardinals owning a 6-1 mark against the Bobcats ... The two teams last met in the tournament during the 2000 season when the second-seeded Cardinals defeated the sixth-seeded Bobcats 70-67 in the MAC Tournament Semifinals on their way to the MAC Championship ... The teams have met once before in the tournament in Muncie during the 1981 MAC Tournament Quarterfinals ... The second-seeded Cardinals claimed an 85-70 victory over the seventh-seeded Bobcats at Irving Gym before advancing to the MAC Tournament Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Series History With Ohio . . . 
Sunday's game marks the 70th meeting all-time between Ball State and Ohio ... The Cardinals trail the all-time series by a 37-32 margin but have won the past two meetings ... Ball State earned a 51-44 victory last season in Muncie and own a 10-2 mark all-time against the Bobcats in Worthen Arena ... Earlier this season, the Cardinals took home a 67-66 overtime thriller at Ohio ... Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones scored the game-winning basket with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to send BSU to the victory ... The win is the Cardinals' first victory in Athens since January 8, 1998. 

Ball State rallied from an 11-point second half deficit and scored the final four points of regulation to send the game into overtime ... The Cardinals' defense limited the Bobcats to only 19 second half points as they held them to just seven second half field goals in making the BSU comeback ... BSU held a 44-34 advantage on the glass, including 16 offensive rebounds as it out-scored Ohio 32-24 in the paint ... Senior forward Terrence Watson turned in his top performance of the season so far as he posted his third career double-double with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds ... Watson finished the game 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line while playing a career-high 42 minutes.

Jones finished the night with 12 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes of action as he scored all 12 points after halftime, including four of the Cardinals' eight points in the overtime session ... Senior guard Brawley Chisholm added 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field, including the game-tying jumper in the second half, while sophomore guard Randy Davis chipped in 10 points and four assists ... Ohio was led by Tommy Freeman's  16 points as he hit three three-pointers and all five of his free throws ... Kenneth Van Kempen chipped in 13 points and Armon Bassett had 10 points in the loss.

Surpassing Last Season's Win Total . . .
The Cardinals picked up their 15th win of the season with their 68-52 victory over Tennessee Martin ... The 15 wins surpasses last season's win total when Ball State posted a 14-17 record and secures the Cardinals of at least a .500 winning percentage on the year ... The total is the most since the Cardinals won 15 games during the 2004-05 season (15-13) ... The Cardinals have not won more than 15 games in a season since the 2001-02 season, when they posted a 23-12 record ... Also, Ball State is 8-5 in Mid-American Conference play, marking the most MAC wins in a single season since the 2004-05 season when BSU posted a 10-8 record ... Last season, the Cardinals only won seven MAC games on its way to a MAC West Division title.

Differences Between W's & L's . . .    
The Cardinals enter Thursday's game with a 15-13 record on the year and an 8-7 mark in Mid-American Conference play ... Ball State is averaging 68.1 points per game in its victories but only averaging 51.3 points per game in losses ... The Cardinals have four players averaging double figures in games they win (Jarrod Jones 14.1, Jauwan Scaife 11.1, Randy Davis 11.1 & Terrence Watson 10.1), but only have one player averaging double figures (Jones - 10.2) in losses ... Ball State's defense is holding opponents to 58.7 points per game in its wins while allowing 64.7 points per game in victories.                   

In Wins -- In Losses
Offense            68.1 -- 51.4     
Defense            58.7 -- 64.7
FG%    .455 -- .366
FG% Def.         .378 -- .422     
3Pt%    .423 -- .283
3Pt% Def.        .276 -- .345
Reb. Off.          38.4 -- 31.8
Reb. Def.         31.9 -- 35.3
Reb. Margin      +6.5 -- -3.5
Assists/Gm       13.1 -- 8.3
Turnovers/Gm   13.3 -- 16.1
Assist/TO Ratio            1.0 -- 0.5

Emergence Of Davis . . .          
Sophomore guard Randy Davis has been one of the Cardinals' brightest stars in Mid-American Conference play ... Davis was fifth on the team in scoring during non-conference play as he averaged just 5.5 points per game while scoring just 66 points through 12 games ... Since MAC play began, Davis leads the team in scoring against conference foes at 13.2 points per game as he has scored 211 points in 16 games ... In fact, he shot 48.8 percent (62-of-127) from the field, 48.4 percent (31-of-64 from three-point land and 83.6 percent (56-of-67) from the free throw line ... He also averaged 3.4 assists per game and 3.8 rebounds per game in league play.         

Davis has scored in double figures in 10 out of the last 11 games, including four contests of at least 20 points ... He scored a career-high 24 points against Central Michigan ... He is averaging 15.6 points per game during the last 11 game stretch.

Freshman & Sophomore Campaigns . . .
Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones ended his freshman season fourth all-time in Ball State history for freshman scoring with 346 points ... Jones has tallied 354 points so far as a sophomore for a total of 700 career points in his freshman and sophomore season ... His 700 point total is the fifth highest total for a freshman and sophomore campaign in Ball State history ... Former Cardinal Bonzi Wells leads the list with 1,186 points in his first two years ... Ray McCallum is second with 1,016 points, Theron Smith is third with 866 points and Mike Drews is four with 737 points as a freshman and sophomore.

Hitting The Glass . . .    
Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones and junior forward Malik Perry are in the top 15 among active players in the Mid-American Conference in career rebounding heading into the MAC Tournament ... Jones, the only non-junior or senior on the list, is 10th among current MAC players in rebounding with 447 career rebounds ... Perry is 13th among active players with 426 points ... Buffalo senior Calvin Betts leads all current players with 701 rebounds.

Scouting The Cardinals . . .       
Ball State enters Sunday's game with a 15-14 overall record and an 8-8 mark in Mid-American Conference play as the Cardinals are the eighth seed in the 2010 MAC Tournament ... Ball State ended the regular season with three straight losses after posting three straight victories ... The Cardinals are averaging 60.0 points per game this season while holding opponents to a MAC-low 61.6 points per game ... Ball State is out-rebounding opponents by a 35.2-33.6 margin this season.      

Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones leads the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game and is tops on the glass at 7.6 caroms per contest ... Sophomore guard Randy Davis is tied for second in scoring at 9.9 points per game ... Davis leads the team in scoring in MAC action at 13.2 points per game ... He has tallied a team-high 40 three-pointers, hit a team-high 97 free throws and handed out a team-high 95 assists.         

Freshman guard Jauwan Scaife is also averaging 9.9 points per game this season ... Scaife is second on the team with 39 three-pointers and is second with 48 assists ... Senior forward Terrence Watson adds 8.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per contest ... Junior forward Malik Perry chips in 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, mostly as a reserve.

Scouting The Bobcats . . .         
Ohio enters Sunday's game with a 17-14 overall record and a 7-9 mark in Mid-American Conference play ... The Bobcats closed the season winning three out of four games to earn the ninth seed in the MAC Tournament ... Ohio owns a 4-9 record this season on the road, including a 2-6 mark in MAC road games ... The Bobcats are averaging 74.1 points per game while allowing 69.2 points per game against ... Ohio is being out-rebounded by a 38.0-37.5 margin this season.   

Guard Armon Bassett leads the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game as he is one of five Bobcats averaging double figures ... Bassett is second on the team with 55 three-pointers and 93 assists ... Freshman D.J. Cooper is second in scoring at 13.5 points per game and leads the team with 185 assists ... Cooper has hit 52 three-pointers and is second in free throws made at 102.     

Muncie native Tommy Freeman adds 10.6 points per game and leads the team with 76 three-pointers ... Forward DeVaughn Washington chips in 10.6 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest ... Center Kenneth van Kempen leads the team on the glass at 6.8 boards per game.

Freshman Scoring Marks . . .    
Freshman guard Jauwan Scaife is second on the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game and has scored 288 points so far this season ... Scaife has already moved into the top 10 in freshmen scoring in Ball State history as he is currently seventh best in a single season ... He just past former Cardinal Duane Clemens to move into seventh place ... He needs 12 points to move pass Mike Drews for sixth all-time in freshmen scoring.          Below is a list of top freshman scoring marks in Ball Sate history:

1.         474 - Bonzi Wells (1994-95)
2.         463 - Ray McCallum (1979-80)
3.         377 - Theron Smith (1999-00)
4.         346 - Jarrod Jones (2008-09)
5.         344 - Randy Boarden (1975-76)
6.         299 - Mike Drews (1977-78)
7.         288 - Jauwan Scaife (2009-10)
8.         275 - Duane Clemens (1996-97)
9.         258 - Maurice Acker (2005-06)
10.        252 - Derrick Wesley (1984-85)
11.        241 - Melvin Goins (2007-08)
12.        233 - Shafer Suggs (1973-74)    

Scaife is currently third in scoring in the Mid-American Conference among freshmen ... He only trails Toledo's Jack Barnett (13.2) and Ohio's D.J. Cooper (13.5) ... Last season, the Cardinals' Jarrod Jones was one of the MAC's top freshmen scorers at 11.2 points per game on his way to MAC Freshmen of the Year honors.

Last Time Out . . .        
Ball State closed out the 2009-10 regular season Thursday with a 67-52 loss at Western Michigan, marking its third straight loss ... The Cardinals were out-scored 38-25 in the second half ... Western Michigan forced Ball State into 17 turnovers and converted those miscues into 27 points ... The Cardinals converted just 15-of-24 (62.5%) from the free throw line while the Broncos hit 25-of-36 (69.4%) from the charity stripe.     

Sophomore guard Randy Davis led the Cardinals' attack as he scored a game-high 23 points, including 19 in the first half ... Davis also grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and notched three steals ... He hit 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point land and 5-of-5 from the free throw line ... Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones added eight points and seven rebounds while freshman guard Jauwan Scaife chipped in nine points.        

Western Michigan was led by David Kool's 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half ... Martelle McLemore added 14 points while Flenard Whitfield chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Home Sweet Home . . .            
Sunday's game marks the 272nd game for the Cardinals in Worthen Arena (previously University Arena) since its opening January 15, 1992 ... Ball State owns a 197-74 record all-time in Worthen Arena, which is good for .730 winning percentage.           

This season the Cardinals posted an 11-5 record at home, including a 5-3 mark against MAC opponents ... The 11 wins are the most for the Cardinals at home since the 2004-05 season when BSU posted an 11-3 home record ... The Cardinals' 11 wins this year have come over Valparaiso, SIU Edwardsville, North Carolina Central, Maryland Eastern Shore, Manchester, Toledo, Western Michigan, Miami, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Tennessee Martin.        

During its history, Ball State has averaged just over 10 wins per season at Worthen Arena ... Last season, the Cardinals posted a 10-6 home record on the year, including a 6-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play.

Free Throw Contest . . .           
Ball State has gone to the free throw line 669 times this season and is converting at a 68.8 percent (460-of-669) clip ... Conversely, opponents have only been to the line 488 times, hitting 68.0 percent (332-of-488) ... The Cardinals have attempted more free throws in a game this season than their opponent 21 times and are 15-6 in those games ... On the other hand, when opponents head to the line more than the Cardinals, Ball State is 0-8 this season.  

Additionally, the Cardinals are second in the Mid-American Conference in free throw percentage in MAC play as they are connecting on 71.7 percent (256-of-357).

Cardinals Vs. MAC East . . .    
The 2009-10 season marks the 13th season the Mid-American Conference has been in two divisions (West & East) ... Ball State, which has always been a member of the West Division, owns a 41-46 record against the East Division since the two-division format was implemented in the 1997-98 season. 

The Cardinals opened this year's crossover games with four straight wins over Miami, Buffalo, Ohio and Bowling Green ... Ball State secured a 4-2 record against the MAC East Division this season, marking just the third time in program history BSU has accomplished that feat ... The Cardinals are the only MAC West Division team to post a winning record against the MAC East Division as Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan all posted 2-4 marks in crossover action while Northern Illinois and Toledo recorded 0-6 marks ... BSU has only posted two other records over the .500 mark against the East Division in program history (1997-98/5-1 and 2002-03/4-2) ... Ball State has recorded four .500 records against the East Division but have six straight seasons of losing marks against the East Division prior to this year ... The Cardinals posted a 2-4 record last season against East Division, including wins over Ohio and Buffalo          

Ball State is 11-3 during the regular season against Buffalo, 7-3 against Bowling Green, 5-8 against Akron, 6-5 against Ohio, 4-6 against Kent State, 2-6 against Marshall and 6-14 against Miami since divisional play began.

Defensive Prowess . . .
The Cardinals lead in the Mid-American Conference this season in scoring defense as they are holding opponents to 61.6 points per game ... Ball State has held four opponents under 50 points this season in SIU Edwardsville (47), North Carolina Central (45), Maryland Eastern Shore (47) and Toledo twice (43 & 45) ... The Cardinals' defense ranks 33rd in NCAA Division I in scoring defense (as of February 28).      

Ball State also leads the MAC in field goal percentage defense at 39.8, which ranks 34th best in the nation ... The Cardinals hold opponents to a MAC-low 30.7 percent from three-point land, which is 36th in the nation.       

Senior forward Terrence Watson is third in the MAC this season in blocked shots as he is averaging 1.31 rejections per game, while sophomore forward Jarrod Jones is fifth at 1.17 blocks per game.   

Last season, the Cardinals limited opponents to just 59.7 points per game and only 57.2 points per game in conference play ... Ball State held 16 opponents under 60 points last year, including four teams under the 50-point mark

Cardinals In MAC Stats . . .      
This season, the Cardinals are sprinkled throughout the Mid-American Conference statistical leaders ... Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones is 15th in the MAC in scoring at 12.2 points per game ... Jones is also third in rebounding (7.6), seventh in blocked shots (1.17) and second in defensive rebounds (5.76) ... Freshman guard Jauwan Scaife is 29th in the MAC in scoring at 9.9 points per game, which ranks third best among MAC freshmen ... Scaife is also 14th in free throw percentage (.778) and ninth in three-point percentage (.375) 

Senior forward Terrence Watson is 11th in the MAC in rebounding at 6.2 boards per game ... Watson is also third in blocks (1.36) and fifth on the offensive glass (2.57) ... Junior forward Malik Perry is third in the league in field goal percentage at 54.8 percent ... Perry is also 14th in offensive rebounds (2.20) ... Sophomore guard Randy Davis is 29th in the MAC in scoring at 9.9 points per game ... He is ninth in free throw percentage (.802), 11th in assists at 3.32 per game and second in three-point percentage (.438).

Double Trouble . . .      
So far this season, Ball State has seen two players post 11 double-doubles ... Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones has tallied seven double dips while senior forward Terrence Watson has reached the double-double on  four occasions ... Ball State is the only team in the Mid-American Conference that has had two different players post at least three double-doubles this season.    

Jones is second in the MAC in double-doubles with seven as he posted double-doubles against Tennessee Tech, North Carolina Central, Maryland Eastern Shore, Manchester, Miami, Bowling Green and Toledo ... Watson is tied for fourth in the MAC in double dips ... He has posted double-doubles against UC Davis, Toledo, Western Michigan and most recently at Ohio.

Streaking Cardinals . . . 
Ball State won four straight Mid-American Conference games to open MAC crossover action ... The four straight victories over Miami, Buffalo, Ohio and Bowling Green marks the first time BSU has won four straight league games since the 2003-04 season ... That year, the Cardinals defeated five straight MAC opponents in the stretch dating from January 7 through January 20 ... Also, Ball State has won back-to-back MAC road games for the first time since the 2003-04 season ... That year the Cardinals defeated Marshall and Bowling Green (Feb. 24-28).    

The Cardinals have won three straight games on three separate occasions this season.

Road Victories . . .       
Ball State picked up its first road victory of the season at Indiana State ... The victory is the Cardinals' first road win since January 10, 2009 at Eastern Michigan (46-42) ... The Cardinals only posted three road wins last year (at Milwaukee, IPFW and Eastern Michigan) ... Ball State's victory gave Indiana State its first home loss of  the season and was just the 17th victory all-time for the Cardinals in Terre Haute in 64 meetings in program history.  

The Cardinals tallied their second road win of the season at Buffalo with a 75-69 victory ... The win was the first on the road for the Cardinals in Mid-American Conference play this season ... BSU added its third road win of the year at Ohio and its fourth road win at Northern Illinois ... The Cardinals' four road wins this season already surpasses last season's total and is the most road wins for Ball State in a single season since the 2005-06 season when the Cardinals also won four games ... Ball State has also won three MAC road games this season, marking the most league road wins since the 2004-05 season (three wins).

New Lineups . . .         
Head coach Billy Taylor has shuffled his starting lineups this season as the Cardinals have used eight different lineups through the 29 games this season ... Only one Cardinal this season have started all 29 games in sophomore forward Jarrod Jones ... Freshman guard Jauwan Scaife and sophomore guard Randy Davis have started 28 games  ... The lineup of Terrence Watson, Davis, Scaife, Pierre Sneed and Jones has been called a team-high 14 times, including 10 of the last 13 games games ... The Cardinals' second most-used lineup this season as been the starting five of Randy Davis, Pierre Sneed, Malik Perry, Scaife and Jones, which has been called five times this season ... Davis, Scaife, Perry, Watson and Jones has been used four times ... Taylor used the starting lineup of Davis, Scaife, Sneed, Mo Hubbard and Jones twice, while the starting five of Brawley Chisholm, Scaife, Watson, Perry and Jones as well as the starting five of Davis, Scaife, Watson, Jones and Hubbard has been used once ... Also, the lineup of Chisholm, Davis, Sneed, Watson and Jones was used on senior night ... Against Western Michigan, the Cardinals used the lineup of Davis, Scaife, Jones, Hubbard and freshman Myron Green Jr. for the first time this year.    

Last season, the Cardinals used 10 different starting lineups throughout the year.

Raining Threes . . .       
Freshman guard Jauwan Scaife had a breakout three-point shooting game against Toledo ... Scaife hit six three-pointers in the Cardinals' victory, including all five of his attempts in the second half ... His six three-pointers are the most for a Cardinal this season and the most for BSU since Skip Mills hit six against Buffalo March 6, 2006.

Digital Guide Available Online . . .         
The 2009-10 Ball State men's basketball digital guide is available online at by clicking the digital guide button on the left hand side ... The guide was produced by the BSU athletics media relations office and 180 Communications ... The digital guide will replace Ball State's traditional printed media guide.

Davis Earns MAC Honor . . .   
Sophomore guard Randy Davis was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday ... Davis led Ball State into sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division last week as he scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists in the Cardinals' showdown with divisional rival Central Michigan ... He connected on 8-of-13 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point land and 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the battle of first place teams as Ball State earned a 69-63 victory ... Davis followed that performance with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Cardinals ran their winning streak to three straight with a 68-52 victory over Tennessee-Martin in the ESPNU BracketBusters event.

Jones Twice Honored By MAC . . .      
Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones has earned Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week honors twice this season (Dec. 28 & Feb. 1) ... Jones has earned three weekly honors in his young career. Jones earned his second weekly honor after leading the Cardinals to 3-0 record on the week with wins over Miami, at Buffalo and at Ohio ... Jones averaged 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds on the week as he scored in double figures in all three victories ... He posted his fifth double-double of the season against Miami as he scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a double-overtime victory ... He added 14 points in the Cardinals' come-from-behind victory at Buffalo before adding 12 points in the Cardinals' late-rally at Ohio ... He scored the game-winning basket at Ohio with 2.1 seconds left in the overtime period.         

Jones picked up his first weekly honor when he led the Cardinals to a 59-45 victory over North Carolina Central as he posted his second double-double in the past three games ... He scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his fifth career double dip ... He led the Cardinals' second half surge as he scored 12 of his 16 points in the second frame, including a stretch of 10 straight points for BSU ... He connected on five-of-10 from the field and was six-of-eight from the free throw line, while also handing out a career-high three assists.

Non-Conference Play . . .         
Ball State concluded the scheduled non-conference portion of the 2009-10 slate with a 6-6 record through the first 12 games this year ... The six wins in the first 12 games are the most for the Cardinals since BSU posted a 7-5 record in the 2004-05 season ... Also, Ball State won three straight games this season with wins over North Carolina Central, Maryland Eastern Shore and Manchester ... The three-game winning streak is the longest for BSU since it won three straight between Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2005.    

Ball State's non-conference schedule included four contests against teams receiving votes in the national polls in Purdue (#4), Butler (#24), Temple (#21) and Dayton (ORV).

89th Season Underway . . .       
Ball State is in its 89th season in program history ... The Cardinals have posted a 1093-993-1 record all-time, which is good for a .524 winning percentage ... Ball State is 727-314 all-time at home in Muncie as the Cardinals have won 69.9 percent of games at home.

This year's opener marked the 89th season opener in program history and the Cardinals are 52-37 all-time in openers ... Ball State is 40-9 all-time when it opens the year at home in Muncie.

Great Alaska Shootout . . .        
The Cardinals will be part of the 2010 Great Alaska Shootout, which will be held November 24-27 on the campus of Alaska Anchorage ... Ball State will be joined in the eight-team field by host Alaska Anchorage, Arizona State, Drake, Houston Baptist, St. John's, Southeast Louisiana and Southern Utah ... The Cardinals will be making their second trip all-time to Alaska as they took part in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks during the 2002-03 season in which they posted a 2-1 record.

Offensive Outburst . . . 
The Cardinals turned in a strong offensive performance in the season opener as they scored 88 points against Valparaiso ... The 88 point output is the largest for the Cardinals since the 2005-06 season when BSU scored 89 points in a victory over Eastern Michigan in overtime (March 4, 2006) ... It is the most points scored in a regulation game since the Cardinals scored 88 points against Western Michigan in the 2004-05 season (March 5, 2005).

A Cardinal Six-Pack . . .           
Ball State had six different players in doubles figures in its season opening victory over Valparaiso ... Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones led the team in scoring with 19 points, junior Malik Perry had 17 points, freshman Jauwan Scaife had 14 points, senior Brawley Chisholm had 12 points, senior Terrence Watson had 11 points and sophomore guard Randy Davis added 11 points ... The six players in doubles figures were the most for the Cardinals since February 7, 1999 (vs. Bowling Green).

Preseason Honors . . .  
Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones has was named to the preseason Mid-Major All-America Team ... Jones is one of four players from the Mid-American Conference to be honored, joining Rodney Pierce (Buffalo), David Kool (Western Michigan) and Anthony Hitchens (Akron) ... Jones, a native of Michigan City, Ind., turned in one of the top freshmen seasons in Ball State history last year as he was third all-time among BSU freshmen in rebounding (227) and fourth all-time in freshmen scoring (346) ... He was named the MAC Freshman of the Year after leading the Cardinals in scoring at 11.2 points and rebounding at 7.2 boards per game.

Cardinals Sign Two . . .
Head coach Billy Taylor announced the signing of Matt Kamieniecki (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and Marvin Jordan (Peoria, Ill./Manual) to national letters of intent during the early signing period ... Kamieniecki and Jordan will begin their Ball State careers during the 2010-2011 season.    

Kamieniecki, a 6-7 forward, is a standout at Clarkston High School ... He averaged 13.0 points and nine rebounds last season while leading the Wolves to a 24-2 overall record ... His play helped Clarkston to a state semifinal appearance in Class A as he averaged 15.3 points per game in the postseason ... As a sophomore, he guided Clarkston to a state quarterfinals appearance and a 13-2 record ... Highlighting his postseason run was a 22-point, 13-rebound effort in the quarterfinals against eventual state champion Saginaw.       

Jordan, a 5-11 point guard, stars at Peoria Manual High School ... He is a two-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Honorable Mention All-State recipient and has led Manual to a 48-16 record in two seasons as a starting point guard ... He led his team to back-to-back conference and sectional championships as well as a berth in the 2008 2A State Championship game ... He averaged 11 points per game as a junior and dished out four assists per game ... He was rated No. 25 overall in the Class of 2010 by and was tabbed as one of the top 25 Illinois recruits in 2010 by

MAC Honors For Jones . . .      
Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones was named preseason All-Mid-American Conference West Division as voted on by the MAC News Media Association ... Jones, a native of Michigan City, Ind., turned in one of the top freshmen seasons in Ball State history last year as he was third all-time among BSU freshmen in rebounding (227) and fourth all-time in freshmen scoring (346) ... He was named the MAC Freshman of the Year after leading the Cardinals in scoring at 11.2 points and rebounding at 7.2 boards per game.       

Jones, an Honorable Mention All-MAC selection last year, started 30 of 31 games while scoring in double figures 18 times. He burst onto the scene with a 21-point, 13-rebound effort in his collegiate debut, marking the first of his three double-doubles on the year.

BSU Picked Fourth In West . . .
The Cardinals were tabbed to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference West Division in the preseason poll and were one of five MAC West Division team to earn first place votes ...   Central Michigan was selected to capture the league's West Division title, picking  up 113 points in the very balanced division ... Northern Illinois (102 points) was chosen second, followed by Eastern Michigan (94 points). Western Michigan (79) and Toledo (29) round out the West Division poll.           

Voting for the East Division saw defending MAC Tournament champion Akron come out on top, earning 190 points ... Kent State was second with 108 points, followed by Buffalo (97 points), Miami (78 points), Bowling Green (54 points) and Ohio (32 points).            

The Zips were also the favorite to win the 2009 MAC Tournament title, earning 19 votes, followed Buffalo (2), Northern Illinois (1), Kent State (1) and Bowling Green (1).         

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Coldwell Banker
Cooper Tires
Downtown Muncie Red
Intrust Bank
McCoy Ford-Lincoln
Papa John's
Terrance Smith Distributing
Texas Roadhouse
University Avenue Dental