NCAA Tournament March Madness

#266 Ball St

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Ball State's season has been a rollercoaster with moments of potential weighed down by inconsistency against key opponents. Their resilience against teams like Kent State and a solid handle over Buffalo shows they have the ability to peak at the right moments, but losses to Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan suggest vulnerability. These slip-ups against lower-ranked conference foes don't bode well for their at-large tournament hopes. To make a real push, Ball State would need signature wins, but with a slew of losses to higher-tier teams like Indiana State and Minnesota showcasing their struggles against more robust competition, their path to March Madness clearly hinges on a necessity to clinch the conference tournament for an automatic bid. Their resume, marked by an absence of marquee wins and a few too many stumbles, is something they’ll have the chance to remedy in the conference tournament—assuming they can put forth a run that captures their best basketball when it matters most.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/11Old Dominion296W73-68
11/21SC Upstate303W75-58
11/24Ark Pine Bluff345W92-74
11/28@Ark Little Rock209L90-64
12/16(N)Indiana St32L83-72
1/6C Michigan240L71-65
1/16@E Michigan322W76-62
1/20Miami OH259L87-80
1/27N Illinois295W81-71
1/30Bowling Green206L81-72
2/3@W Michigan297W77-67
2/10@Texas St169L68-60
2/17@Miami OH259L80-59
2/20@N Illinois295W70-63
2/24E Michigan322L58-56
2/27@C Michigan240W79-71
3/2W Michigan297L78-76
3/8@Bowling Green206L80-70