Wear Pink: Cardinals Host Central Michigan Wednesday in Men’s Hoops

Free Press Report

MUNCIE, IN - Coming off a last-second BracketBusters win, the Ball State men’s basketball team enters the stretch run of the regular season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. home game against Central Michigan. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Worthen Arena in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons will be distributed at the door and worn by the Ball State staff.

The Cardinals (11-14, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) return to conference play looking to build on Saturday’s 85-82 win at Southeast Missouri. Central Michigan (9-17, 2-10 MAC) suffered its ninth straight defeat with a BracketBusters loss Saturday at Youngstown State.

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
  • Internet: Live video, audio and stats at ballstatesports.com

The Matchup    

Ball State holds a 58-31 lead in the all-time series with Central Michigan, dating back to 1956. The Cardinals and Chippewas met back on Jan. 19 with the Central Michigan posting a 71-57 victory in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Majok Majok led Ball State with 14 points and 11 rebounds in that game, while Jauwan Scaife added 13 points.

 The Chippewas’ victory earlier this season snapped a five-game BSU winning streak in the series. Ball State owns a 35-5 lead over Central Michigan in games played in Muncie, including an 18-2 advantage in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals have won five in a row over the Chippewas at home.

A Quick Look at the Cardinals    

 Ball State won for the third time in its past four games Saturday with an 85-82 victory at Southeast Missouri in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters The Cardinals are 11-14 overall and sit in fourth place in the MAC West at 4-8 in league play.

Senior guard Jauwan Scaife scored a team-high 18 points at SEMO and poured in the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left on the clock.

Marcus Posley added 15 points -- all in the second half -- and a career-high eight assists, while Matt Kamieniecki (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Chris Bond (11 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles.

Scaife is averaging 21.4 points per game over the past seven contests, and his 18.2 scoring average in MAC play ranks third in the league.Scaife leads Ball State for the season at 14.8 points per game, followed by junior guard Jesse Berry at 12.1 per game and junior forward Majok Majok at 11.0.

Majok, who leads the MAC and ranks 16th nationally in rebounding, is one of 15 players in the country averaging a double-double at 11.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Scouting Central Michigan         

 Central Michigan visits Muncie with nine straight losses after an 86-75 setback Saturday at Youngstown State in a BracketBusters game. The Chippewas are 9-17 overall and sixth in the MAC West standings at 2-10 in league play.

 Central Michigan features the top scorer in MAC play with Kyle Randall averaging 20.3 points in league games. His overall scoring average of 17.8 ranks second in the conference. The Central Michigan starting lineup typically features four freshmen.

 The Chippewas are shooting 39.9 percent as a team and scoring 66.6 points per game while allowing 47.8 percent shooting and 72.2 points per game.

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