Ball State (14-11, 5-7) vs. Miami (13-12, 5-7)
John D. Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Ball State seeks revenge on Miami after dropping the first matchup in Muncie. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 22, when the RedHawks outshot Ball State 51.1 percent to 40.7 percent and made eight more 3-pointers en route to the 71-65 victory.
SUPER SENIORS: Ball State has benefited heavily from its seniors. Tayler Persons, Tahjai Teague, K.J. Walton and Trey Moses have combined to account for 68 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 64 percent of all Cardinals points over the team’s last five games.
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The RedHawks have given up only 69.3 points per game across 12 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 72.6 per game they allowed in non-conference play.
CREATING OFFENSE: Persons has either made or assisted on 47 percent of all Ball State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 22 field goals and 13 assists in those games.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: The RedHawks are 10-0 when holding opponents to 41.2 percent or worse from the field, and 3-12 when opponents shoot better than that. The Cardinals are 5-0 when turning the ball over 10 times or fewer and 9-11 when the team exceeds that total.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Cardinals have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the RedHawks. Miami has 37 assists on 71 field goals (52.1 percent) across its past three outings while Ball State has assists on 39 of 74 field goals (52.7 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Ball State has attempted the second-most free throws among all MAC teams. The Cardinals have averaged 22.5 free throws per game.
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