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Preview: Ball State Cardinals

Ball State Cardinals

2012-13: 15-15 (8-8 MAC); lost to Buffalo, 76-61, in MAC second round
In-conference offense: 1.00 points per possession (8th)
In-conference defense: 1.03 points allowed per possession (9th)

First-year coach James Whitford takes over the Cardinals, having spent eight seasons assisting Sean Miller at Xavier and Arizona. The Ball State website promises that Whitford will deliver "an up-tempo offense with an aggressive defense that our players and fans will love at Worthen Arena." But is that likely?