Men’s basketball preview: Ball State Cardinals
Tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm, the Eagles host the Ball State Cardinals. Although the Cardinals come in with a slightly better MAC record (2-2 compared to 1-3) against the same four opponents, these are probably two evenly matched teams; the Cardinals have had a scheduling advantage, playing three of those games at home, while the Eagles have played three on the road. Both are 7-8 against Division I opponents. Eastern seems to get more production from a few key players (Bowdry and Medlock) while Ball State seems a bit deeper. This should be a pretty evenly matched game, as evidenced by their close Sagarin scores, but home court advantage should give this game to EMU. Prediction: EMU, 69; Ball State, 62.