Outside of cancellations due to the Coronavirus outbreak in March, both of Ball State's men's and women's programs have been extremely busy in welcoming, scouting and seeing players depart from Muncie.
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Coming off a career-high season, junior guard Ishmael El-Amin announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he would be "opening his recruitment to find his future home".
Freshman guard Lucas Kroft announced via Twitter that he is planning to "transfer and pursue another opportunity elsewhere" on Monday. The freshman played 14 games with Ball State, recording 16 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in 122 minutes of playing time.
Editor’s Note: The Daily News worked to find social media posts from each sport but was unsuccessful for men’s tennis, men's swimming and diving and women's swimming and diving.
Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced at a press conference at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on March. 12 that the 2020 MAC Basketball Tournament has been canceled over concerns of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Despite MAC quarterfinals loss to Eastern Michigan, Ball State credits connection, character to successful season
In response to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's recommendation to limit the attendance of athletic events to athletes, parents and other essential to the games due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Mid-American Conference Tournament will be closed to the general public, according to a press release from the Mid-American Conference.
It was the final game of the year for Ball State Women’s Basketball (21-9, 13-5 MAC). Win or lose, the Cardinals had already punched their ticket to Cleveland for next week’s Mid-American Conference tournament. The game for Western Michigan (17-12, 10-8 MAC), on the other hand, decided if it would be playing Monday. It took an extra five minutes for Ball State to take down the Broncos 64-63.
As soon as he set foot inside the Convocation Center on Friday night, redshirt freshman guard Kani Acree couldn't be bothered. Eye's locked in, music blasting from his earphones and lips locked, he was ready for Ball States tilt against Northern Illinois.
Coming off a 17-point victory on Senior Night Tuesday, a strong veteran presence was key for Ball State Men’s Basketball (18-13, 11-7 MAC) Friday at the Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois. Led by 33 points from their three senior players, the Cardinals defeated Northern Illinois (18-13, 11-7 MAC) in their regular season finale 75-54.
Ball State came into its Wednesday night matchup at Northern Illinois with heads high and confidence beaming down the bench. The Cardinals snapped Central Michigan's undefeated streak in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday and punched their ticket to Cleveland next week.
Ball State Men’s Basketball (17-13, 10-7 MAC) hosted Central Michigan (13-17, 6-11 MAC) in its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday. With emotions running high as the Ball State honored its seniors, the Cardinals held a Chippewas team, that was averaging nearly 80 points per game, to less than 70 points in an 85-68 win.
“I don’t think we can get any more confident,”
Just over the halfway point of the first half in the Cardinal's matchup against the Rockets, redshirt senior forward Tahjai Teague would commit his third. As the forward would sit, there wasn't much panic from the Ball State bench as he has averaged around three fouls per game this season.
With 10 more wins than last year, as of Feb. 25, the Cardinals’ previous record has become just that — the past.
In sports, there’s the saying ‘defense wins championships,’ whether it is true or not, Ball State is testing the theory. Although they haven’t reached the final mark, their continued stout defensive performances have led them to have a successful season so far.
One constant that has been surrounding the Cardinals this season is playing from start to finish. Playing in close games has been consistent throughout the entire season. Wednesday’s conference tilt against Toledo (11-15, 6-9 MAC) proved to be no different. Ball State Women’s Basketball (19-8, 11-4 MAC) defeated the Rockets 66-60 in a physical game from start to finish.
With a first-round bye in the Mid-American Conference up for grabs and just three games left, Ball State Men’s Basketball (16-12, 9-6 MAC) needed a win. The Cardinals took down Western Michigan (11-17, 4-11) 71-61 to stay in a tie with Buffalo as the fourth seed.
For the first time since defeating Kent State at the beginning of the month, Ball State had a sense of security heading into the final five minutes of the game.
Trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, Ball State needed something to go its way and with seven minutes left in the game, it did. Redshirt freshman guard Jarron Coleman passed it to freshman guard Luke Bumbalough and he sinks the three on the wing to make it a 49-46 game.