Ball State Cardinals men's basketball

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Ball State Cardinals
2015–16 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 (3rd year)
Arena 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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NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1989, 1990
NCAA Tournament appearances
1981, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2000
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
Sport Men's basketball
  • Ball State Cardinals
  • Indiana State Sycamores
First meeting March 1, 1919
Indiana State 53, Ball State 21
Latest meeting December 6, 2014
Ball State 70, Indiana State 63
Next meeting December 6, 2014
Meetings total 128
All-time series Indiana State leads, 71–58
Largest victory Indiana State, 65–19 (1922-23)
Longest streak Indiana State, 8 (1969–1973)
Ball State, 5 (1953–1955)
Current streak Indiana State, 2 (2012–present)
Ball State–Butler rivalry
Sport men's basketball
  • Ball State Cardinals
  • Butler Bulldogs
First meeting December 23, 1924
Butler 27, Ball State 13
Latest meeting December 1, 2012
Ball State 53, Butler 67
Meetings total 104
All-time series Butler leads, 66–38
Largest victory Butler, 67–17 (1921-22)
Longest streak Butler, 13 (1958–1964)
Ball State, 7 (1977–1982)
Current 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 rivals in men's basketball are against other in-state, out-of-conference programs Butler (since 1924),[1] Evansville (since 1929),[2] Indiana State (since 1922),[3] and Valparaiso (since 1927).[4] Prior to moving to the Division I Mid-American Conference in the 1971–72 season, Ball State shared conferences with its rivals, in the Indiana Intercollegiate Conference and later Indiana Collegiate Conference, both Division II.

All-Time Results by season[edit]

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Division I Tournament[edit]

The Cardinals have appeared in seven NCAA Division I 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. Ball State's most successful year was 1990, when they reached the Sweet Sixteen but lost to eventual national champion UNLV, 69–67. It was UNLV's only single-digit win of their Tournament run - they won their five other games by an average margin of 23 points, including a 30-point win over Duke in the National Championship Game.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1981 #12 Round of 48 #5 Boston College L 90–93
1986 #14 Round of 64 #3 Memphis State L 63–95
1989 #9 Round of 64
Round of 32
#8 Pittsburgh
#1 Illinois
W 68–64
L 60–72
1990 #12 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Oregon State
#4 Louisville
W 54–53
W 62–60
L 67–69
1993 #15 Round of 64 #2 Kansas L 72–94
1995 #12 Round of 64 #5 Arizona State L 66–81
2000 #11 Round of 64 #6 UCLA L 57–65

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

The Cardinals have 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 Round Opponent Result
1991 First Round Cincinnati L 55–83
1992 First Round Utah L 57–72
1998 First Round Memphis L 67–90
2002 Opening Round
First Round
Second Round
South Florida
Saint Joseph's
South Carolina
W 98–92
W 75–65
W 75-65
L 47–82

NCAA Division II Tournament[edit]

The Cardinals have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament one time. Their record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1958 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Southern Illinois
Jackson State
L 81–88
L 71–92

NAIA Tournament[edit]

The Cardinals have appeared in the NAIA Tournament one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1957 First Round
Second Round
Troy State
Texas Southern
W 98–70
L 72–97

Cardinals in the NBA[edit]

Here is a list of the former Cardinals to have played in the NBA:


  1. ^ "Rivals Ball State, Butler Meet Saturday in Indy". Ball State Athletics. November 30, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "All-time series: Evansville" (PDF). Ball State Men's Basketball Record Book. Ball State Sports. p. 30. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "MBB Hosts Indiana State as Part of Saturday Twinbill". Ball State Sports. December 4, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Men's Hoops Opens 2009-10 Season Tonight Against Valpo". Ball State Sports. November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 

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