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Ball State Cardinals vs. Kent State Golden Flashes basketball preview

Cards look to stop their slide, while Kent State looks to continue going after the conference's top spot.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Ball State will head to Kent State on Wednesday to see if they can get back in the win column in a big way.

This season, the Cards sit at 7-16, and are coming off of a 79-65 loss to Bowling Green. The 65 points that the Cards dropped on Bowling Green made Ball State one of just four teams in MAC play to do such a feat to Bowling Green in a loss. Also, compared to their first meeting earlier this year, BSU might have lost by a slightly larger margin, but scored 19 more points than in the teams' first meeting.

The Cardinals remain to be a really young team. Led by leading scorers sophomore Zavier Turner and freshman Sean Sellers, the Cards have built what looks to be a very bright future on the court in Muncie.

After a strong 2-0 start to MAC play, Ball State has lost 10 in a row. The effort has most of the time been there, with Saturday's 14-point loss being the most lopsided game of any on the slide. Now, the focus looks to be to retain focus for a full 40 minutes, something that would put a badly needed 'W' in the column.

Kent State participated the MAC's only Friday game last week, a 76-75 overtime triumph over Toledo with KSU's Devareaux Manley sealing the game away with a steal that occurred with just a second left. It was a big win for the Flashes, who narrowly avoided losing 3 out of 4 and falling to 7-5 in the MAC.

If anything, these next three games for Kent look to easy wins to eye test, but could end up being a trap, luring the focus to later date. After the matchup with BSU, the Flashes play Ohio and Miami in what could cause an ill-needed trip up in conference play.

The game can be seen on Kent State's athletic website, and radio streaming is also available through both schools.