MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men’s basketball team took the floor Saturday at Worthen Arena for its first practice of the 2013-14 season.
The NCAA moved up the start date for basketball practice this year. Teams now have 40 days to hold 30 practices before their first game, allowing for more off days during the preseason.
After months of individual and small group workouts, first-year Ball State head coach James Whitford was able to run his team through a full-length team practice for the first time.
“It’s been a long time coming and we can’t wait to get started,” Whitford said. “This is the first day of practice, and because of that there’s a lot to teach. But the biggest thing we’re trying to do is set the culture, the tone and the work ethic. There’s a lot of teaching of our style of play, but as we go about it our concentration and work ethic has to be top of the charts.”
Ball State will feature a mixture of experience and youth on the court this season. The Cardinals welcome back seven letterwinners, five of whom are seniors. The team has also brought in a talented group of four scholarship newcomers.
Big man Majok Majok returns after an all-conference campaign. Majok averaged a double-double for much of the season in his first year with the program after transferring from junior college. Jesse Berry is the top returning scorer for the Cardinals after averaging a career-high 12.8 points per game a year ago.
Ball State is just more than a month away from its lone exhibition game, scheduled for Nov. 4 against Marian at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals will open the regular season Nov. 9 on the road at in-state rival Indiana State.
Season tickets are now on sale. Fans can purchase reserved seating season tickets for $180 or general admission season tickets for $105 by visiting the Worthen Arena ticket office or calling 1-888-BSU-TICKET.