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Ohio and Ball State Match Up Wednesday In Muncie

Senior Reggie Keely chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds Saturday at Akron.

Feb. 5, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men’s basketball team (15-6, 6-1 MAC) will look to improve to 4-0 against MAC West Division teams Wednesday as the Bobcats take on Ball State (8-12, 2-6 MAC) in Muncie, Ind.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Worthen Arena. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the game live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with an audio stream available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.). Streaming video will also be available through the MAC Digital Network.

With a win, Ohio will move to 7-1 in Mid-American Conference play for the first time since the 1998-99 season and 3-1 in conference road games for the first time since 2001-02.

Ohio is in the midst of its first four-game MAC road swing in program history. After opening the stretch with wins over Miami (74-62) and Kent State (69-68), the Bobcats fell at Akron (86-72) on Saturday (Feb. 2) at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Junior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) led the ‘Cats with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in 14 points and a team-high six assists. Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) added 11 points and seven rebounds, and junior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville) chipped in 12 points off the bench (4-7 FG).

During the game, Cooper moved past Anthony Manuel (Bradley) and Grayson Marshall (Clemson) for 19th place on the all-time NCAA Division I assists list. Cooper, who is third in the country with 8.0 assists per game, now has 861 for his career.

The 2013 Cousy Award Finalist also made his 126th career start at Akron. With a start Wednesday night at Ball State, Cooper will tie Leon Williams (2005-08) for the most starts in program history.

Scouting The Cardinals (8-12, 2-6 MAC)
The Bobcats and Cardinals will meet for the 75th time Wednesday. The Green and White hold a 40-34 (.541) edge in the all-time series and have won two of the past three meetings. The teams first met during the 1934-35 season, with the Cardinals earning a 31-30 victory in Muncie. Last season, Ohio edged Ball State, 59-55, on January 28, 2012, at the Convocation Center.

The Cardinals have posted an 8-12 record this season and are 5-6 in games at Worthen Arena. Ball State is 2-6 in conference play and sits in sixth place in the MAC West Division. Last time out, the Cardinals fell at Bowling Green, 70-59, on Saturday (Feb. 2). Senior Jauwan Scaife led the team with 17 points against the Falcons.

Scaife leads Ball State on the season with 13.0 points per contest and 15.8 ppg in conference play. Junior forward Majok Majok averages a double-double for the Cardinals with 12.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest. Majok is first in the MAC and 13th nationally in rebounds per game. Head coach Billy Taylor is 77-96 (.445) in six seasons with Ball State.

Up Next
Ohio returns home to take on Bowling Green on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 2 p.m. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the game live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with streaming audio and video available on OhioBobcats.com.