With all the national attention and hype that comes from beating a Purdue program that has made three Final Four, eight Elite Eight and 12 Sweet Sixteen appearances, Sallee and company know they have to stay focused to make the victory matter come March.
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As more than 8,000 fans stood silent in Purcell Pavilion, hundreds of Cardinal fans across the country went to Twitter to proclaim their excitement after Ball State upset No. 9 Notre Dame.
For every second chance Ball State men's basketball utilized on the glass, the Purcell Pavilion Joyce Center fell a little more quiet.
Head coach James Whitford said that Ball State could compete with anyone. And well, he was right. Ball State (5-4) knocked off No. 9 Notre Dame (7-2) with an 80-77 upset victory on the road by way of a game-winning 3-point shot from junior guard Tayler Persons.
After a 23-point performance against Butler and a game-high 18-point performance against Purdue, Ball State senior forward Moriah Monaco was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week on Tuesday morning.
Ball State men's basketball will face what will arguably be its toughest opponent of the season on Tuesday night.
Ball State (7-0) pressured the Purdue (5-4) offense into 18 turnovers and its worst 3-point shooting night of the season en-route to a 66-60 victory on Monday evening.
Any travel fatigue that Ball State had appears to be gone now. Ball State trailed only once against IUPUI on Saturday, winning 83-64 at home, marking the Cardinals third straight victory.
Head coach James Whitford isn't putting too much emphasis on any one game this season, but last year's loss against IUPUI is one that he knew got away.
The Cardinals started by playing five games in just 12 days, with three of those games on the road, and things could not have gone much better for Ball State.
Ball State got off to a hot start to move to its sixth straight win, beating Butler 87-75 on Wednesday evening.
After a up-and-down start that saw both teams shoot better than 50 percent from the field in a high-scoring first quarter, Ball State settled in, using one of its best offensive performance of the season to beat Butler (4-4) 87-75 on Wednesday evening.
Ball State men's basketball defeated Oakland City 57-81 on Nov. 28 at John E. Worthen Arena improving their record to 3-4. The Cardinals next home game is Dec. 2 against IUPUI.
Ball State (3-4) held on to beat Oakland City (4-1), 81-57, for its third win of the season, but the game was a lot closer throughout the night than the final score indicated.
Through its first six games Ball State men’s basketball is 2-4, but the Cardinals don't seem too concerned.
A strong shooting performance gave the Cardinals its first victory in Terre Haute since 2009.
Every time Bucknell took the lead, Ball State responded by taking it right back – that was until the final two minutes of the game.
With a 85-65 victory over Tennessee State, Ball State women's basketball continued its best start in over a decade.
Ball State (4-0) shot a season-high 51.8 percent from the field and senior forward Moriah Monaco led the game with 26 points to help Ball State beat Vanderbilt (0-4) 88-79 on Monday afternoon.
After a tight first half, Ball State allowed 53 points second half points en route to the 95-71 road loss against Oregon.