Ball State Men’s Hoops Welcomes Ohio Wednesday for Red Out
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MUNCIE, IN - It will be a “Red Out” Wednesday night at Worthen Arena when Ball State hosts Ohio for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Mid-American Conference play. Fans are encouraged to wear red, and Cardinals will also be wearing their red uniforms.
Ball State (8-12, 2-6 MAC) is coming off a 70-59 setback Saturday at Bowling Green, while Ohio (15-6, 6-1 MAC) had a seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday with an 86-72 loss at Akron.
Ball State trails 40-33 in the all-time series with Ohio. The Cardinals hold an 18-5 advantage in games played in Muncie and a 10-4 mark against the Bobcats inside Worthen Arena. Ohio snuck past Ball State last season 59-55 in Athens, Ohio, but the Cardinals won the previous meeting 76-73 in overtime at the 2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament.
The margin of victory has not been larger than eight points for either team over the past seven meetings with five of those being decided by four points or fewer and three going to overtime.In last year’s loss, Ball State’s Chris Bond had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
Ball State enters the game at 8-12 (2-6 MAC) after a 70-59 loss Saturday at Bowling Green. The Cardinals will be wearing red uniforms for Wednesday’s “Red Out” against Ohio. Guards Jauwan Scaife (17 points) and Jesse Berry (13) scored in double figures against the Falcons, but the Cardinals were out-rebounded (30-26) for the first time in conference play.
Ball State whittled a 13-point halftime deficit to four on two occasions in the second half but could get no closer. For the season, a trio of Cardinals leads the team offensively with remarkably similar offensive production. Scaife is scoring 13.0 points per game, followed closely by Berry at 12.9 and junior forward Majok Majok at 12.6.
Ball State is one four teams in the MAC with three players averaging double figures and the only one with three in the top 15 in the league in scoring -- Scaife 10th, Berry 12th and Majok 14th. Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks 13th nationally in rebounding, is one of 14 players in the country averaging a double-double at 12.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Ohio suffered its first conference loss and had a seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday, dropping to 15-6 (6-1 MAC) with an 86-72 loss at league-leading Akron. Senior guard D.J. Cooper paces Ohio with 14.5 points and a league-best 8.0 assists per game.
Four other Bobcats average better than 8.0 points per game: Reggie Keely (11.5), Walter Offutt (10.9), Nick Kellogg (9.1) and Ivo Baltic (8.2). Ohio ranks first in the MAC in field goal percentage (.484) and 3-point percentage (.370) and second in scoring offense (74.4 points per game) and scoring margin (+10.0).
The Bobcats, coming off an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance last season, were the preseason pick to win both the MAC East Division and the league’s postseason tournament.
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