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Ball State Knocks Off Eastern Michigan Behind Big Second Half, 72-62

Trey Moses, Rex Pflueger, Bonzie Colson
Center Trey Moses (24) recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double over his last four games, and Ball State used a 41-point second half to knock off Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night, 72-62. (Source: Boston Herald) (Header: Ball State Athletics)

MUNICE, In. — The race in the Mid-American Conference promises to be an exciting one yet again in 2017-18, and every team entered the 2018 calendar year with a record of 6-7 or better..

On Tuesday, the conference play portion of the schedule opened up for all 12 teams across the league, and there was a marquee match-up between a pair of West Division teams in Munice. The Ball State Cardinals put their eight game winning streak on the line against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Ball State came into the day having won the last four meetings between the two programs, but the Eagles came to play on Tuesday night. The visitors led by as many as nine points in the first half, and took a 36-31 lead into the break.

But, it was all for not, as the Cardinals outscored the Eagles in the second half by 15 points. Ball State held down their home court, and extended their winning streak to nine games with a 72-62 win over Eastern Michigan to open up MAC play. Continue reading Ball State Knocks Off Eastern Michigan Behind Big Second Half, 72-62

January 2nd Game of the Day: Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ball State Cardinals

Paul Jackson is one of three players for the Eagles that average more than 30 minutes and 16 points per game this season. (Source: WXYZ.com) (Header: Ball State Daily)

MUNICE, In. — Year after year, the race in the Mid-Atlantic Conference is one of the more exciting races to watch, and it promises to be one of the top races yet again during the 2017-18 season.

This year, 11 of the 12 teams in the MAC entered the 2018 calendar year with a winning record in conference play. All six teams from the East Division were at least 7-6, while five teams from the West Division had a record of 7-6 or better. The only team to enter the New Year below .500 were the Kent State Golden Flashes, who sit at 6-7 on the year.

On Tuesday, the Game of the Day for January 2nd features two top contenders from the West Division, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles visit the Ball State Cardinals to open up MAC play for both teams. The Eagles ended a two-game skid with a win in their last outing, while the Cardinals are one of the hottest teams in the country, having won eight straight games.

Eastern Michigan will look to exact some revenge on the Cardinals, as the Eagles lost both meetings against Ball State in 2016-17. It won’t be an easy feat, as the Cardinals are a perfect 7-0 on the year inside Worthen Arena.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Tuesday night’s showdown between the Eagles and Cardinals.
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Eastern Michigan rolls past Spring Arbor to open the 2017-18 season, 92-60

James Thompson IV recorded 10 points and 14 rebounds to help lead Eastern Michigan past Spring Arbor to open the 2017-18 season. (Source: Mitchell Layton – Getty Images) (Header: Detroit News)

YPSILANTI, Mich. — The 2017-18 season got underway inside the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, MI on Friday morning, and what a debut it was for forward Elijah Minnie.

Playing his first regular season game with the Eastern Michigan Eagles after transferring from the Robert Morris Colonials following the 2015-16 season, Minnie wasted little time before having an impact on the game.

The Eagles welcomed the Spring Arbor Cougars to town, and despite a close start to the game, Minnie and the Eagles pulled away and rolled to the 92-60 victory. Continue reading Eastern Michigan rolls past Spring Arbor to open the 2017-18 season, 92-60

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Mid-American Conference

Demajeo Wiggins stands at 6’10” and 240 pounds, and is set for a breakout season for the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Looking at the Mid-American Conference for the 2017-18 season, a ton of talent returns for all 12 teams. From experienced guard to up-and-coming big men, the conference race will be one of the more exciting ones to watch.

Entering the season, a handful of teams look like top contenders to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. With so many teams so close together, the MAC will be home to some competitive games over the course of conference play.

As we gear up for another year full of MACtion, take a look at our pick for Preseason Player of the Year, and who slots in where on our Preseason All-MAC teams!

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