Billy Taylor: Don't panic yet about BSU basketball Majok gets national recognition

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, IN - Back to back road losses and a 1-3 start in the Mid-American Conference should not cause Ball State fans to panic about their basketball team, says BSU Coach Billy Taylor.

 It's been a difficult stretch for the Cardinals losing to Central Michigan 71-57 on Saturday after being ahead by a basket at halftime, and losing a few days earlier to Akron 71-64.

 Taylor simply told the media that the team had to find a way to finish as poor rebounding and defensive play had kept Ball State losing more games than winning at mid season. Their current record is 7-9.

 There was one bright spot Saturday when Taylor changed the starting lineup by staring forward Matt Kamieniecki instead of Zach Fields with Kamieniecki getting a record 10 rebounds.

 But scoring still seems to be a problem with only three BSU players, Majok Majok, Jesse Berry and Jauwan Scaife, averaging double digit scores. Majok and Berry are good for a little more than 12 points a game while Scaife is right behind them at 11.

 Taylor hopes the team will play better returning home on Wednesday to face Buffalo that is 6-12 and also 1-3 in conference play. Buffalo does have some high scoring veterans, forward Javon McCrea who averages about 18 points a game and has a season high of 31 points when Buffalo beat Milwaukee recently.

 Improved play is a key to ensure Majok gets some much deserved national recognition for his double double play besides improved  scoring. 

 Majok's last second slam dunk against Norfolk State this month won him a nomination as GEICO player of the year, according to Intersport.

 Each week through March, four great college basketball plays are nominated by voting on the Facebook page Best of College Basketball.Those finalists then compete for GEICO Play of the Year. The winner will be announced April 6 on CBS Sports.

 Majok also has three double doubles for the season and also averages around 12 points a game.