RECORD SO FAR
The only Division-I teams Ball State have beaten this year are Southeast Missouri State, who, believe it or not, has a winning record (11-10), and they also just pulled off a thrilling victory against Buffalo on January 23.
The Cardinals almost pulled off a huge upset at home against Butler, but let the lead get away from them late to take a 59-58 loss.
Then they could have made a major statement in beating traditional MAC power Akron in their conference opener, but ended up falling to the Zips 72-68.
Freshman Zavier Turner is making a run for FOTY in the MAC. He leads the Cardinals in scoring with 12.4 ppg. and ranks among the top in the country in free throw percentage at 89.5%.
Majok Majok is doing fairly well down low, averaging a double-double (10.8 ppg 10.2 rpg).
PLAYER(S) WHO NEED TO STEP UP
Senior Jesse Berry has fallen flat this year. After averaging nearly 13 points a game last season, he's barely above 10 this year. His three point shooting is down as well, only hitting on 34.1% of his attempts.
First-year coach James Whitford has a nice group of young players to hopefully build into a system. Turner is playing remarkably, and fellow freshmen Mark Alstork and Franko House are showing promise. Maybe next year they can win more than 10 games.
Where do I start? The Cardinals can't score, can't defend, and turn the ball over as if they'll get in trouble for holding the ball too long. Ball State averages only 65.9 points per game, good enough for 305th nationally.
NEXT FOUR GAMES
January 29 - @ Akron
February 1 - Northern Illinois
February 5 - @ Buffalo
February 8 - Toledo
I honestly don't know if Ball State will win another game this year, but crazier things have happened. So 1-3.