Wes-Del head coach John McGlothin talks to his team during a timeout  Feb. 10 at Wes-Del Middle/Senior High School. Zach Carter, DN

John McGlothin: The story of a 30-Year coaching career

It’s Thursday, Febuary  23. The last practice before Wes-Del’s final regular season game against Elwood. Warriors head coach John McGlothin blows his whistle after each minute and tells his team to switch shooters. The Warriors are partner shooting. “We do it at least three times a week,” McGlothin said. “Lots of shots, working on our individual game…I felt like when I was a younger coach, my teams didn’t take enough time just getting shots up.” For the winningest coach in Wes-Del history, this is what the winter weeknights have looked like for the last 30 years. But following the 2022-23 season, that routine will end with his retirement.


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“We’ve been working really hard this season, and the previous semester as well to get to this point,” Kelly said. “The credit all goes to the players. They’re all really passionate and they put in their work.”

Junior elementary education major Bill Pawlak cheers for the Ball State Men's Basketball team before a game against Northern Illinois Feb. 14 at Worthen Arena. Amber Pietz, DN

How Michael Lewis led a student section revolution at Worthen Arena this season

At a preseason get-together in Indianapolis, Michael Lewis was talking with a group of alumni and donors about the upcoming Ball State Men’s Basketball season, which would be his first as head coach of the program. A question was posed to Lewis, one that would kick off a revolution in the 2022-23 season: How can the Cardinals get butts in seats at Worthen Arena and build ‘The Nest,’ Worthen Arena’s student section? His idea, one he admitted may have made University President Geoffrey Mearns and Ball State Legal Services a little nervous, was pretty simple: free beer. 

Ball State Men's Basketball Head Coach Michael Lewis paces the sidelines in a game against Kent State Feb. 21 at Worthen Arena. Ball State defeated Kent State 82-70. Eli Pierson, DN

Ball State is contender for an eighth MAC championship under first-year head coach Michael Lewis

This season, the Cardinals won their 20th game Feb. 21 in a highly anticipated matchup with Kent State, who was first in the conference at the time. It is the first 20-win season in the last six. With victories over Toledo and Akron, who currently sit first and third in MAC standings respectively, Lewis’ squad is looking to make waves in the conference tournament.

Notre Dame players cheer for their team in a game against Ball State Nov. 20 at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Jacy Bradley, DN

MASSEY: ACC Tournament preview

This tournament will be the first one in a very long time that we see a different Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the men’s tournament. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, one of the game’s most legendary coaches has stepped away from coaching, so this will be the first ACC tournament we see without Coach K on the bench. The powerhouse programs of the ACC like Duke and North Carolina have taken a step backward and this has allowed other teams to take advantage. Pittsburgh, Miami and Virginia have taken their places this year amongst the ACC’s elite and are looking to capitalize.

Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin (0) reacts after a dunk during the second half against TCU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University on March 20, 2022, in San Diego. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/TNS)

MASSEY: PAC-12 Tournament preview

It might be Déjà vu with the way this tournament is playing out so far, but it’s playing out like a movie script in a way. The top two seeds in each tournament feature the two teams who finished last year in the championship rounds of the men’s and women’s tournaments. These teams are all ranked in the top 10 teams in the nation, and all have solid basketball histories of glory and championships. Obviously, rematches are always fun, but there is something about PAC-12 rematches that are just so special. In that third game in a neutral site, you never know for sure who’s going to take the third and final round of the series, and that is what makes this tournament such a fun one to watch.

DiJonai Carrington #21 of the Baylor Lady Bears tries to take a shot as Aaliyah Edwards #3 and Olivia Nelson-Ododa #20 of the UConn Huskies defend in the final minutes of the game during the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Alamodome on March 29, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas.The UConn Huskies defeated the Baylor Lady Bears 69-67 to advance to the Final Four. (Elsa/Getty Images/TNS)

MASSEY: Big 12 Tournament Preview

No matter the odds, always bet on the Big 12 to deliver an amazing  Tournament, as this tournament features some of the best basketball programs in the nation. Especially this year. Heading into this year’s Big 12 tournament, both tournaments have a combined total of eight teams in the Top 25 in each of their respective brackets. It also features two of last year’s and this year’s favorites to win the national title. The Big 12 tournament always starts out with really high expectations from the start, but what about this year?

The NCAA logo is seen in the second half of the game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/TNS)

MASSEY: SEC Tournament preview

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is always one of the most competitive conferences every year and it provides us with some of the most talented teams in the nation. However, the SEC this year is THE conference to beat this year in both Men’s and Women’s college basketball. On the men’s side, we have Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M and even Missouri all fighting for the SEC crown, and in women’s? South Carolina looks for redemption for last year and to come away with the SEC title to avenge last year’s miserable defeat.

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