NCAA Basketball

Ball State Cardinals (19-13)


Tue. 2/20 Fri. 2/23 Tue. 2/27 Fri. 3/2 Thu. 3/8
vs. NIU 
W 77-68
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vs. WestMI 
L 80-87
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@ CentMi 
L 51-75
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@ NIU 
L 65-66
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vs. KentSt 
L 73-76
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Kent State downs Ball State 76-73 in MAC quarterfinals

CLEVELAND (AP) Jalen Avery hit a driving layup with 24 seconds left and Jaylin Walker scored 19 points as defending champion Kent State, the fifth-seed moved into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament with a 76-73 win over fourth-seeded Ball State on Thursday.

Adonis De La Rosa scored 13 of his 17 points on free throws for the Golden Flashes (17-16), who will play top-seeded Buffalo in Friday's first semifinal. The Bulls advanced with an 89-74 win over Central Michigan.

Walker was the tourney's MVP last year when the Golden Flashes knocked off the top three seeds.

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Leaders
Points: T. Persons15.0
Rebounds: T. Moses8.2
Assists: T. Persons4.3
FG%: T. Persons46.1%
FT%: T. Teague65.3%
3P%: S. Sellers37.3%
Steals: T. Teague1.2
Blocks: T. Teague0.9
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia31-3
2 Villanova36-4
3 Xavier29-6
4 Kansas31-8
5 Michigan State30-5
6 Cincinnati31-5
7 Michigan33-8
8 Gonzaga32-5
9 Duke29-8
10 North Carolina26-11
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova36-4
2 Michigan33-8
3 Kansas31-8
4 Duke29-8
5 Virginia31-3
6 Texas Tech27-10
7 Loyola Chicago32-6
8 Xavier29-6
9 Purdue30-7
10 Gonzaga32-5
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Mid-American Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
East
Buffalo 15-3 27-9
Kent State 9-9 17-17
Miami (OH) 8-10 16-18
Bowling Green 7-11 16-16
Ohio 7-11 14-17
Akron 6-12 14-18
West
Toledo 13-5 23-11
Eastern Michigan 11-7 22-13
Ball State 10-8 19-13
Western Michigan 9-9 17-15
Central Michigan 7-11 21-15
Northern Illinois 6-12 13-19
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 75.3 (127)
Rebounds: 10.0 (193)
Assists: 14.2 (125)
FG%: 45.2% (149)
FT%: 70.5% (212)
3P%: 33.7% (240)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 73.8 (211)
Rebounds: 27.8 (28)
Assists: 13.1 (153)
FG%: 42.5% (82)
FT%: 72.8% (271)
3P%: 36.1% (255)
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