Ball State Cardinals men's basketball

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Ball State Cardinals
Basketball current event.svg 2020–21 Ball State Cardinals men's basketball team
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UniversityBall State University
Head coach James Whitford (8th season)
Conference Mid-American
Location Muncie, Indiana
Arena Worthen Arena
(Capacity: 11,500)
Nickname Cardinals
Student sectionThe Nest
ColorsCardinal and White [1]
         
Uniforms
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Home
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Away
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1990
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
Conference division season champions
1998, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2020
Ball State–Indiana State rivalry
SportMen's basketball
Teams
  • Ball State Cardinals
  • Indiana State Sycamores
First meetingFebruary 11, 1922
Indiana State 47, Ball State 12
Latest meetingNovember 6, 2018
Ball State 86, Indiana State 69
Statistics
Meetings total131
All-time seriesIndiana State leads, 73–60
Largest victoryIndiana State, 65–19 (1922-23)
Longest win streakIndiana State, 8 (1969–1973)
Ball State, 5 (1953–1955)
Current win streakBall State, 2 (2017–present)
Ball State–Butler rivalry
Sportmen's basketball
Teams
  • Ball State Cardinals
  • Butler Bulldogs
First meetingDecember 23, 1924
Butler 27, Ball State 13
Latest meetingNovember 23, 2013
Ball State 53, Butler 67
Statistics
Meetings total105
All-time seriesButler leads, 67–38
Largest victoryButler, 67–17 (1921-22)
Longest win streakButler, 13 (1958–1964)
Ball State, 7 (1977–1982)
Current win streakButler, 1 (2012–present)

The Ball State Cardinals men's basketball team represents Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals first basketball season was 1920–21. 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.

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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 sporadic leader 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. In 2017, the Cardinals beat #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion by a score of 80-77, breaking a sixteen year drought against ranked teams.

Rivals

Ball State's rivals in men's basketball are against other in-state, out-of-conference programs Butler (since 1924), [2] Evansville (since 1929), [3] Indiana State (since 1922), [4] and Valparaiso (since 1927). [5] 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

Postseason

NCAA Division I Tournament

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.

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

National Invitation Tournament

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.

YearRoundOpponentResult
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
Quarterfinals
South Florida
Saint Joseph's
LSU
South Carolina
W 98–92
W 75–65
W 75-65
L 47–82

CollegeInsider.com Tournament

The Cardinals have appeared in two CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments (CIT). Their combined record is 2–2.

YearRoundOpponentResult
2016 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Tennessee State
UT Martin
Columbia
W 78–732OT
W 83–80OT
L 67–69
2017 First RoundFort WayneL 80–88

NCAA Division II Tournament

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

YearRoundOpponentResult
1964 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Southern Illinois
Jackson State
L 81–88
L 71–92

NAIA Tournament

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

YearRoundOpponentResult
1957 First Round
Second Round
Troy State
Texas Southern
W 98–70
L 72–97

1990 Sweet Sixteen team

After the departure of head coach Rick Majerus, Ball State responded under new coach Dick Hunsaker by having the best season in the school's history. This group of Cardinals became the first team in the Mid-American Conference history to win two consecutive MAC regular season conference championships as well as back-to-back conference tournament titles. The 1990 Ball State basketball team also became the first team in the MAC to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in its current format. The Cardinals lost in the Sweet 16 to the eventual national champions UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 69–67. [6]

The team was led by many transfer players and two of Coach Hunsaker’s key transfers, starting forwards Paris McCurdy and Curtis Kidd, were high school teammates. [7] They both signed to play their college ball at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. However, because of disciplinary reasons, the two had to find a new school. Former coach Rick Majerus gave them a second chance, and they came through. The two became the key assets to Ball States Sweet 16 run. [8]

The Cardinals finished the regular season at 26-7 before heading to the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals were a 12 seed and began the tournament at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. They upset the Oregon State Beavers in what was star point guard Gary Payton’s last game in college. [9] Ball State then had to play the Louisville Cardinals next. They ended up defeating Louisville late in the game by a final score of 62–60. Meanwhile, in Muncie, fans stormed the village (the center of Ball State's off campus social scene) after the win. Ball State advanced to face the top-seeded UNLV Runnin' Rebels. Ball State shut down one of the best offenses in college basketball history and had a chance to win it in the final seconds. [10] Down by two, the Cards made a deep pass to tie or take the lead but it was picked off. [11]

Players

Retired numbers

The Cardinals have retired two numbers in their history: [12]

No.PlayerPositionCareer
10 Ray McCallum PG 1979–1983
42 Bonzi Wells SF 1994–1998

NBA players

Three Cardinals players have gone on to play professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA)

International players

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The 1988–89 Ball State Cardinals men's basketball team represented Ball State University as a member of the Mid-American Conference during the 1988–89 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by second-year head coach Rick Majerus, Ball State played stifling defense en route to one of the best seasons in the school's history, including a school-record 29 wins and the first NCAA Tournament win in program history. The Cardinals won MAC regular season and tournament titles, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and finished the season with a 29–3 record.

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