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Ball State loses another as forward Aaron Adeoye leaves the program

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Losing seniors Jarrod Jones, Pierre Sneed and Randy Davis was something that Ball State followers knew was going to happen at the end of the 2011-12 season.

But did anyone expect the Cardinals to say farewell to three players with eligibility remaining as well?

Sophomore forward Aaron Adeoye became the third Ball State player to decide that he was best served to finish his career elsewhere, with the decision being announced on Friday.

Adeoye was selected to the MAC’s All-Freshman Team last season, averaging 3.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30 games (eight starts).

His rebounding average led all MAC freshmen, and in Adeoye’s eight starts he averaged nearly six rebounds per contest (5.9).

With Jones moving on Adeoye’s role likely would have expanded, but it’s back to the drawing board for head coach Billy Taylor with the Marion, Illinois product deciding to move on.

“We are disappointed Aaron has decided to leave,” Taylor said in a school release. “We appreciate his contributions to our team in the time he was here and wish him the best in the future.”

Guard Jesse Berry (9.7 ppg) and forward Chris Bond (7.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) are Ball State’s leading returnees, with five freshmen joining the fold as well.

Offense was an issue for Ball State last season, most notably during a seven-game losing streak in which the Cardinals failed to score more than 58 points in any of those defeats.

While Adeoye wasn’t the kind of player who would be a focal point offensively (according to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers, Adeoye had a possession percentage of 11.9%) he did shoot 50.6% from the field, so losing him is definitely a noticeable loss.

Ball State finished last season with a 15-15 record, and was tied with Western Michigan for third place in the MAC West with a 6-10 league record.

Photo credit: Ball State University Photo Services

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

BUBBLE BANTER: All of the action on the fringe of the NCAA tournament

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Tonight’s bubble action. This post will be updated as the games are completed.

Cincinnati at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Pitt at No. 12 Miami, 7:00 p.m.
No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
Ole Miss at Florida, 9:00 p.m.
Georgia at No. 22 Kentucky, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 9:00 p.m.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.