Freshman Drew Hayward celebrates with teammate  Vince Orlando during a doubles match against Eastern Illinois Jan. 20 at YMCA in Muncie. Ball State men's tennis won 7-0 against Eastern Illinois. Mya Cataline, DN

Ball State Falls to No. 19 Michigan State

“We had a tough matchup,” head coach Bill Richards said. “All in all, I thought we made a good effort. It's always disappointing to lose, but I thought we played at a pretty good level and that's really what we talk about, win or lose, is playing at a level where you give yourself a chance [to succeed].”

Ball State womens basketball team poses for a picture after their victory against Kent State Jan. 31 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals defeated the Flashes 57-46. Andrew Berger, DN

ZUVER: Ball State women’s basketball could be in for a ‘rankings problem’ down the road

The Cardinals have been ranked third in the mid-major poll (rankings for a number of non-Power-Five conferences) for eight straight weeks. After its Jan. 21 win against the fourth-ranked team in that poll, Toledo, Ball State got six votes from various coaches around the country to be in the USA Today top 25 coaches poll the following week. This week, it got 11 votes in that poll.