MEN'S BASKETBALL: Robinson returns to lineup against Morehead State
Sophomore point guard cleared to play after being academically ineligible through first nine games
For the first time all season, point guard Tyrae Robinson will change out of his shirt and tie and suit up in a Ball State uniform.
Robinson, who has been academically ineligible through Ball State's first 9 games of the season, has been cleared to play tonight at Morehead State at 6 p.m.
In his freshmen season, Robinson played 30 games and was second on the team with 71 assists and averaged 4.3 points per game.
Robinson's return to the lineup not only gives senior point guard Randy Davis more of a chance to rest, but also brings a faster pace to the lineup as well.
Robinson has speed off the dribble and can slash to the rim. Davis brings a much slower, more controlled pace to the Cardinal offense.
Although he's had to carry the load at point guard in the absence of Robinson, Davis has had his share of success.
For the second year in a row, Davis has been named one of 59 candidates for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.
This award recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. He's one of two players in the Mid-American Conference to be nominated along with Ohio's D.J. Cooper.
Davis leads the MAC and ranks third in NCAA Division I in assists with 7.6 per game.
Forward Jarrod Jones leads Ball State (6-3) and is second in the conference with 19.6 points per game.
Last season Morehead State (5-7) defeated Ball State 50-48 in Worthen Arena.
Morehead State is not the same team as last season, however. Its top player from last year, Kenneth Faried, was the 22nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft going to the Denver Nuggets.
The Eagles are now led by Terrance Hill who averages 13.7 points per contest and has hit 27-for-64 (42.2%) from three point land. They average almost 8 threes per game.