MUNICE, In. — If all goes according to plan, the Ball State Cardinals could very well have the best front court rotation in the Mid American Conference come the 2019-20 season.
The Cardinals already boast a pair of the top forwards in the conference in Tahjai Teague and Kyle Mallers. Both will be juniors in 2018-19, and are coming off of breakout seasons. Teague was second on the team in both scoring and rebounds with an average of 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Mallers posted 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds of his own.
Add in Zach Gunn, who posted 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 25 games, and the front court rotation looks strong heading into the 2018-19 season.
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.
SOUTH BEND, IN. — With 10 seconds left on the clock, the score tied at 77 and the ball in the hands of Ball State‘s Tayler Persons, the Cardinals’ leading scorer drained a last-second three pointer to shock the Notre Dame Fighting Irish inside the Purcell Pavilion, 80-77.
Prior to the 10th meeting between the Irish and the Cardinals, Notre Dame had claimed victories in all nine previous games, with their last win coming back in 1976.
Notre Dame has never let Ball State come close to ever upsetting them. Yesterday was a different story.
SOUTH BEND, IN – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will not get much of a break before returning to the court Tuesday night, as they will host the Ball State Cardinals of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
Notre Dame is coming off a 71-53 win over the St. Francis (BKN) Terriers, a game that saw them lose both Bonzie Colson and Head Coach Mike Brey towards the end of the game due to ejections. Colson was ejected for a flagrant two foul, while Brey was thrown out for disagreeing.
It made for an interesting Sunday!
Ball State, on the other hand, is currently 4-4 on the season, and the Cardinals are coming off of a win against the IUPUI Jaguars, 83-64.