Ball State head baseball coach Rich Maloney has an autographed ball in a glass case. Not a baseball, but a basketball. It was a gift from a friend. That friend is John Beilein, head basketball coach at the University of Michigan.
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When March rolls around, some people get excited for Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and even National Celery Month. However, for a few million people, March signifies one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
From the NBA and NHL regular seasons winding down to MLB’s Opening Day, March has historically been an exciting month for sports fans. However, one tournament takes place during the month which attracts sports and even non-sports fans alike: the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
They bust our brackets, but they warm our hearts. It seems like just yesterday when 16-seeded UMBC took down No. 1 Virginia to shock the nation … queue UMBC’s exhilarating social media presence. It’s upset season in college basketball, and there are a few underdogs who may surprise you this March.
Every year, people fill out their brackets in a wide variety of ways. Whether you pick the teams close to your heart, the best of the best or you simply like the team name, here are some strategies for you to try to perfect your bracket or leave it covered in red.
It was 36 seconds into the 249th meeting between Duke and North Carolina when the Blue Devils' freshmen star, Zion Williamson, suffered a knee sprain. Cameron Indoor Stadium went silent as Williamson would be out the rest of the night. Williamson's absence allowed the Tar Heels take control of the game for a 88-72 win.
With 57 seconds left and the game all but over, redshirt senior guard Tayler Persons headed to the bench one last time.
The Cardinals came out swinging in the first half, downing 4-10 shots from deep just over the halfway point, highlighted by two back-to-back three-point scoring sequences.
Three different roads converged for three different players. One was a record breaking 3-point shooter who wanted to lace up for one more season. One was a quiet center from Louisville who grew beyond his imagination. One was a transfer from Northern Kentucky who played with his heart on his sleeve.
Despite a record with just eight wins and a roster featuring six freshmen, Ball State Women's Basketball saw immense growth throughout the 2018-2019 season. From the initial game of the season against Purdue to the final minutes against the Toledo Rockets on Monday in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the Cardinals never relinquished their fight.
In her first year as Ball State Women’s Basketball head coach during the 2008-09 season, Kelly Packard found herself with a handful of talent and a Mid-American Conference Tournament title.
Another game involving Ball State Women's Basketball (8-23, 3-15 MAC) and Toledo (20-10, 12-7 MAC) came down to the wire and the Rockets were able to sneak away with the victory for the third time this season against the Cardinals, 67-63. Here are four takeaways from Ball State’s final game of the season.
Well, one more game has turned into another one more game. Ball State (16-16, 7-12 MAC) took down higher-seeded Eastern Michigan (15-17, 9-9 MAC) 61-43 on the road Monday in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
While Ball State (8-23, 3-15 MAC) managed to outscore Toledo (20-10, 12-7 MAC) in every quarter apart from the first, the early deficit gave the Rockets enough headway to come out victorious to advance to the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, sending the Cardinals back to Muncie and ending their season.
Editor's note: The score originally published was listed as 61-53. Since then, the score has been corrected to 61-43.
One more game.
As fans in Worthen Arena honored lone senior guard Nakeya Penny, Ball State Women's Basketball (8-22, 2-15 MAC) was not able to keep control of the game as they gave up a 13-point lead and fell short in the regular season finale to Eastern Michigan (13-16, 6-12 MAC), 67-57.
There’s a reason it’s called “March Madness.”
It was senior night for Northern Illinois (17-12, 9-8 MAC) Wednesday, but Huskie senior guard Mikayla Voigt’s 30 points and seven 3-pointers weren’t enough to give Ball State Women’s Basketball (8-21, 3-14 MAC) its 11th consecutive loss.