MAC poses toughest challenge as strongest players return

Fans of the Mid-American Conference do not have to be worried about watching lack of talent as eight of 10 selections from all-MAC first and second teams return to their squads this season. Therefore, head coach Tim Buckley does not forsee any easy wins this season calling this the toughest Mid-American Conference he has seen in seven years.

"Everyone we have scheduled will pose some kind of difficulty for us," Buckley said. "This is the year that quality and depth stand out in the conference."

Besides conference play, the Cardinals will also play other strong non-conference Division I teams. Buckley and the team added Oklahoma State to the roster to have a challenge before the beginning of conference play.

"Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma State are programs all considered to be a level above us," Buckley said. "They'll expose our weaknesses, especially physically, since they are usually bigger and stronger.

Also on the schedule for Ball State is the EA Sports Maui Invitational showcasing Kansas, Seton Hall, UCLA, Duke, Chaminade, South Carolina and Houston.

"This is one of those prestigious tournaments that is not always easy to get into," Buckley said.

Ball State first squares off against Kansas.


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