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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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Notre Dame Slips Against Ball State; Is It Time To Panic?

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Matt Farrell played 39 minutes and scored 14 points while dishing out 8 assists in their 80-77 loss to Ball State. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports).

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.

This might be a wake up call for the Irish, who got outmatched by the Michigan State Spartans two games ago, had some struggles against the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers, and have now lost to the Ball State Cardinals.

ACC play is fast approaching, and some changes might have to be made.

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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Ball State Cardinals

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Bonzie Colson will be back in the line up after being ejected from Sunday’s game against St. Francis (Brooklyn). (Source: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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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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RECAP: Second half comeback propels Fort Wayne past Ball State, 88-80

Fort Wayne big man Brent Calhoun poured in 27 points to help send the Mastodons into the Second Round of the CIT with an 88-80 win over Ball State.

FORT WAYNE, In. — We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. College basketball is a 40-minute game.

Often in college basketball, games are a tale of two halves, One team holds a sizable lead after the opening half, only to see their lead disappear in the second frame. While one can’t help but feel for the team who sees their lead evaporate, it does provide exciting basketball.

On Wednesday night up in Fort Wayne, that’s exactly what happened.

When the Ball State Cardinals took on the Fort Wayne Mastodons in the opening round of the CIT, which was also the inaugural Lou Henson Classic, it was a tale of two halves for both teams.

After the first 20 minutes, the visiting Cardinals held a seven-point lead over the Mastodons, at 41-34. In the second frame, the balanced offensive attack of Fort Wayne took over, and the home side stormed back to continue their winning ways at home.

The Mastodons improved their home record to 14-3 on the year with an 88-80, come-from-behind victory, over Ball State. Continue reading RECAP: Second half comeback propels Fort Wayne past Ball State, 88-80