Ball State Cardinals men's basketball

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Ball State Cardinals
2014–15 Ball State Cardinals men's basketball team
Ball State Cardinals athletic logo
University Ball State University
Conference MAC
West Division
Location Muncie, IN
Head coach James Whitford (2nd year)
Arena John E. Worthen Arena
(Capacity: 11,500)
Nickname Cardinals
Student section The Nest

Cardinal and White

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
Conference tournament champions
1981, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2000
Conference regular season champions
1981, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2000
Ball State–Indiana State rivalry
Ball State Cardinals Indiana State Sycamores

Sport(s) Men's basketball
Total meetings 128
Series record Indiana State leads, 71–58
First meeting March 1, 1919
Indiana State 53, Ball State 21
Last meeting December 6, 2014
Ball State 70, Indiana State 63
Next meeting December 6, 2014
Largest win Indiana State, 65–19 (1922-23)
Longest win streak Indiana State, 8 (1969–1973)
Ball State, 5 (1953–1955)
Current win streak Indiana State, 2 (2012–present)
Ball State–Butler rivalry
Ball State Cardinals Butler Bulldogs

Sport(s) men's basketball
Total meetings 104
Series record Butler leads, 66–38
First meeting December 23, 1924
Butler 27, Ball State 13
Last meeting December 1, 2012
Ball State 53, Butler 67
Largest win Butler, 67–17 (1921-22)
Longest win streak Butler, 13 (1958–1964)
Ball State, 7 (1977–1982)
Current win streak Butler, 1 (2012–present)

The Ball State Cardinals men's basketball team is the basketball team that represent Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals first basketball season was 1920-1921. The school's team currently competes in the Mid-American Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2000.

The Cardinals have had various levels of success throughout their 94 seasons of competition. Although there was little success in the program from its start until the 1970s, the next two decades would be the highlight of the program's performance. Ball State became a powerhouse in the Mid-American Conference, winning a record seven MAC tournaments between 1981 and 2000. The Cardinals also accomplished a large feat during the 2001 Maui Invitational Tournament, when they upset #4 Kansas and #3 UCLA on consecutive days.


Ball State's main rivals are other in-state programs Butler and Indiana State.

All-Time Results by season[edit]

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The Cardinals have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. All of their tournament appearances have been automatic bids given to the Cardinals as a result of winning the MAC Tournament. Their overall NCAA Tournament record is 3-7. Their most successful year was 1990, when they reached the Sweet Sixteen but lost to eventual national champion UNLV 69-67.

Year Seed Result
1981 12 Lost to Boston College 93-90
1986 14 Lost to Memphis State 95-63
1989 9 Defeated Pittsburgh 68-64

Lost to Illinois 72-60

1990 12 Defeated Oregon State 54-53

Defeated Louisville 62-60

Lost to UNLV 69-67

1993 15 Lost to Kansas 94-72
1995 12 Lost to Arizona State 81-66
2000 11 Lost to UCLA 65-57

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

The Cardinals have also appeared in four National Invitation Tournament tournaments. Their overall NIT record is 3-4. Their most successful year in the NIT was 2002, when the Cardinals gained all three of their NIT victories but lost to eventual national runner-up South Carolina.

Year Result
1991 Lost to Cincinnati 82-55
1992 Lost to Utah 72-57
1998 Lost to Memphis 90-67
2002 Defeated South Florida 98-92

Defeated Saint Joseph's 75-65

Defeated LSU 75-65

Lost to South Carolina 82-47

Cardinals in the NBA[edit]

Two former Cardinals have played in the NBA. They are:


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