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Ohio senior gaurd Tommy Schmock (No. 22) reaches and is called for a foul against Kent St. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The Bobcats won 80-72.

Men's Basketball: Ball State scouting report and how to watch

Ohio begins a five-day stint in The Convo when it hosts Ball State on Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (16-3, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) are riding a wave of confidence. They’re fresh off a blowout win over Buffalo on Friday and have cemented themselves in second place in the conference standings.

The Cardinals (10-10, 5-4 MAC) have leaped into fifth place following Buffalo’s loss. They’ve been an average MAC team for much of the season, and they rank near the middle of the pack in almost every statistical category.

Here’s a quick look at the Cardinals ahead of Tuesday’s game:

Game information

Opponent: Ball State

Venue: The Convo

Time: 7 p.m.

Watch: ESPN3

Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network

Live stats: Live stats are provided here.

Meet the opponent

Probable starters

00 Miryne Thomas

23 Tyler Cochran

02 Luke Bumbalough

01 Demarius Jacobs

05 Payton Sparks

Individual statistical leaders

Points: Sparks (12.6 points per game)

Rebounds: Sparks (7.5 rebounds per game)

Assists: Bumbalough (3.2 assists per game)

Field goal percentage: Blake Huggins (75%)

3-point percentage: Kani Acree (55.6%)

Free throw percentage: Luke Brown (100%)

Team statistical profile

Points per game: 74.6

Rebounds per game: 35.5

Assists per game: 13.2

Turnovers per game: 14.2

Field goal percentage: 44.9%

3-point percentage: 36.4%

Free throw percentage: 68.5%

The series

Ohio leads the all-time series 51-36. The two programs last faced each other Jan. 23, 2021 when Ohio defeated Ball State 85-77.

The Bobcats have had little trouble handling the Cardinals in recent seasons. They’ve won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two programs and lost just three games to the Cardinals since the 2010-11 season.

Player to watch

Sparks — The freshman has taken the Cardinals by storm. He leads the team in points per game and rebounds, and he’s tied with Thomas for the most blocks on the team. In Ball State’s win over Miami on Jan. 25, Sparks tied his season high of 23 points and tacked on five rebounds.


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