"It's 0-0 going into Cleveland."
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"It's 0-0 going into Cleveland."
Although the seats in Worthen Arena have been emptier than usual this season, cheers reverberated throughout the building Tuesday night with a little more than four minutes to go in Ball State's final home game of 2020-21.
Coming off of its season-opening series against the nationally ranked Arizona Wildcats, Ball State (4-3, 0-0 MAC) returned to the Midwest this weekend — but found its opponent in fewer than 48 hours.
Throughout his tenure as Ball State head coach, Rich Maloney has consistently stressed to his players the importance of never taking a backseat and having the belief they could compete against anyone.
The famous quote, “There’s no place like home,” has not resonated with the Cardinals (5-5 MAC) these past two weeks.
Despite playing their first game in 10 days, the story of the Cardinals’ (7-10, 5-7 MAC) performance Tuesday night against Bowling Green (12-9, 8-7 MAC) was nothing but familiar to that of their losses against Miami (Ohio) and Buffalo these past few weeks.
The last time a Ball State team played on the University of Arizona’s campus, it made history.
“Kssh, kssh, kssh. Thwack! Ping!”
Just more than a week ago, the Cardinals had lost their third straight game and scored just 42 points — their lowest in a regular season game since February 2018. Following the loss, head coach James Whitford emphasized he felt the team had struggled since the return of redshirt sophomore guard Jarron Coleman, who made his season debut Jan. 16 against Northern Illinois.
In front of a limited number of fans and with the sounds of the Cardinal Pride Basketball Band echoing throughout Worthen Arena, momentum was on Ball State's side early on against Buffalo. The team took a seven-point lead just under nine minutes into the game, but the Bulls began applying pressure as the first half progressed, taking a 33-32 lead into their locker room at halftime.
Following Ball State’s 74-42 loss to Akron Jan. 30, head coach James Whitford compared his team’s performance to that of a game in early November as opposed to early February.
More than a year since winning the 2019 Mid-American Conference Title, Ball State Women’s Volleyball (4-0 MAC) hasn’t missed a beat through its first four matches of its delayed 2021 season.
Whenever the Cardinals tried to catch up with the Bobcats, they couldn’t.
In just under 75 seconds, redshirt junior forward Zach Gunn sailed a trio of 3-pointers, and the Cardinals had a 14-7 lead against the RedHawks a little over five minutes and 30 seconds into the game. Momentum was on Ball State’s side after a pair of commanding wins over Bowling Green and Northern Illinois last week.
Like many teams across the country, Ball State Men’s Basketball (6-5, 4-2 MAC) has experienced its share of adversity this season, dealing with a number of injuries and absences since beginning in November. After suffering an injury Jan. 12 vs. Bowling Green, the Cardinals were without redshirt senior forward Brachen Hazen Saturday afternoon vs. the Huskies, who has appeared in all 10 games this season.
"I'm still standing better than I ever did, looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid."
When senior safety Bryce Cosby takes the field for the Cardinals Dec. 31 in Tucson, Arizona, he’ll have the same mentality he had when he first stepped on the gridiron this season in Oxford, Ohio.
Brent Baldwin, 1996 Ball State graduate and former Cardinal quarterback, knows a thing or two about playing for high stakes.
Fresh off its first Mid-American Conference Championship since 1996, Ball State Football (6-1 MAC) isn't done yet.
In 2020 — a year full of uncertainty and surprise — Ball State Football did it all Friday night in the Motor City.