Cardinals Visit Bowling Green for Saturday Men’s Hoops
MUNCIE, IN - The Ball State men’s basketball team hits the road this weekend for a 2 p.m. Saturday matchup at Bowling Green as the Mid-American Conference schedule reaches its midway point.
Ball State (8-11, 2-5 MAC) is looking to bounce back from an 85-78 home loss Wednesday against Toledo. Bowling Green (7-13, 2-5 MAC) is coming off a 68-55 home loss to Akron.
Ball State trails Bowling Green 41-34 in the all-time series that dates back to 1965. The Falcons have won 26 of the 36 meetings in Bowling Green.
Bowling Green has won the past five meetings on its home court with the last Ball State road victory in the series coming in 2004. The Falcons have won the matchup each of the past two seasons, including a 61-54 victory last February in Muncie.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
The Cardinals placed four scorers in double figures for the second straight game, led by senior guard Jauwan Scaife with a season-high 23 points. Ball State dropped an 85-78 decision Wednesday against Toledo to fall to 8-11 (2-5 MAC).
Ball State held a 37-35 lead at the half but found itself trailing by 15 midway through the second half. The Cardinals cut the deficit to three in the final minute but ultimately ran out of time.
Junior forward Majok Majok scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against the Rockets for his MAC-leading eighth double-double of the year. Majok leads the MAC and ranks 14th nationally in rebounding. He is one of 16 players in the country averaging a double-double at 12.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
For the season, a trio of Cardinals leads the team offensively with remarkably similar offensive production. Berry -- a preseason all-conference selection -- is scoring 12.9 points per game, followed closely by Scaife and Majok at 12.8 per game each.
Ball State is one four teams in the MAC with three players averaging double figures and the only one with three in the top 12 in the league in scoring -- Berry 10th, Majok and Scaife T-11th. Ball State is averaging 80.0 points per game over its past two outings.
Scouting Bowling Green
• Bowling Green is coming off a 68-55 loss Wednesday to Akron that dropped the Falcons to 7-13 (2-5 MAC). BGSU’s two league wins have come at home -- 46-44 over Eastern Michigan and 70-55 over Kent State.
• Bowling Green features two of the top six scorers in the MAC in Jordon Crawford (15.9 points per game) and A’uston Calhoun (15.5).
• The Falcons are shooting 40.2 percent from the floor as a team and scoring 61.6 points per game while surrendering 42.7 percent shooting and 63.5 points per game.
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