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MAC Basketball Season Preview: Ball State Cardinals

An extensive if not comprehensive look at all 12 Mid-American Conference college basketball teams. The opening game is November 10, so we better get started.

Last year: 15-15 (8-8), T-3rd MAC West; lost to OHIO in MAC tournament first round; no postseason tournament

This year: Picked first in MAC West (12 of 24 first place votes); Picked by 2 of 24 to win the MAC tournament

Coach: Billy Taylor enters his fourth season with the Cards. His record: 35-54.

First Game: Sunday, November 14 vs. Eastern Illinois

Can a cardinal dribble a basketball? The bird? No. The religious official? Better than you'd think, especially ever since the rectory installed that new playground.


Ball St. Cardinals Basketball Roster

# Pos. DOB W H College
Jesse Berry 32 G - 170 6-1 freshman
Chris Bond 20 F - 190 6-4 freshman
Jay Copeland 5 F - 235 6-7 freshman
Randy Davis 3 G - 180 5-11 junior
Zach Fields 50 C - 270 6-10 sophomore
John Green 24 G - 180 6-3 sophomore
Franklin Henderson 44 F - 185 6-4 junior
Mo Hubbard 30 F - 216 6-6 junior
Jarrod Jones 45 F - 230 6-9 junior
Matt Kamieniecki 2 F - 210 6-7 freshman
Tyler Koch 44 F - 190 6-4 sophomore
Malik Perry 1 F - 240 6-4 senior
Tyrae Robinson 12 G - 185 6-2 freshman
Jauwan Scaife 4 G - 190 6-2 sophomore
Pierre Sneed 34 G - 200 6-4 junior


Departures

Brawley Chisholm (graduated)
Myron Green Jr. (transferred)
Will Hauser (???)
Dusty Mills (also ???)
Terrence Watson (graduated)

Transfers (sitting out this year)

Tyler Koch (Wright State)

Returning Award-Winners

Jarrod Jones (All-MAC Honorable Mention)
Jauwan Scaife (All-MAC Freshman Team)

Big Nonconference Games

11/20 @ Butler
11/25 vs. St. John's

A Paragraph of Thought on Ball State Basketball

Well, I can certainly see why everyone's high on this team. Those that left weren't big-time contributors, and those who remained are gonna get better. Theoretically. They'll be much better than a .500 team who occasionally fails to score 45 points and/or loses to Toledo — or both! You saw them taper down the stretch last year, and that's what tired young minds have a tendency to do. Don't look for too many 70-point, 80-point games out of this team — in fact their scoring might look kinda foul — but just call 'em the Miami of the West. Win ugly, watch someone new step up every night, and move onto the next game.