Ball State Cardinals men's basketball
|Ball State Cardinals|
|University||Ball State University|
|Head coach||James Whitford (2nd year)|
|Arena||John E. Worthen Arena
|Student section||The Nest|
|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|
|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|
|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 rivals in men's basketball are against other in-state, out-of-conference programs Butler (since 1924), Evansville (since 1929), Indiana State (since 1922), and Valparaiso (since 1927). 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
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.
|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
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.
|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
Two former Cardinals have played in the NBA. They are:
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