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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Johnson & Wales

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Johnson & Wales

Men's Basketball at Johnson & Wales
Sunday, Novmeber 11 | 7 p.m.
Wildat Center | Providence, R.I.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Johnson & Wales will meet for just the third time in the season opener for both teams in a series that dates back to 2001. The Beavers and Wildcats have split their two previous matchups.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Matt Madoian scored 18 of his game-high 31 points in the second half and Randall Ferdinand added 17 points and 17 rebounds to help Johnson & Wales defeat the Beavers, 78-68, on December 31, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Nick Comenale '18 poured in 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting for Babson, which led by as many as 10 with under 15 minutes to go in the contest.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Jeff Hines '04 scored 18 points as the Beavers opened the season with an 83-47 win over Johnson & Wales in the Babson Invitational Tournament on November 16, 2001.
• Brooks Brown '05 pulled down a game-high seven rebounds, while Chris Michalowski '03 led all players with eight assists for the Green and White.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Johnson & Wales returns 11 players from a team that went 19-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament after claiming the GNAC Tournament championship last season.
• Senior Brian Hogan-Gary averaged 17.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists, Ferdinand contributed 13.3 points and 5.3 boards, and Madoian put up 12.0 points and was second on the team with 46 three-point field goals.
• The Wildcats garnered eight of 12 first-place votes to finish atop the GNAC preseason poll.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson brings back nine players from a team that advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals and finished at 15-11 overall last season.
• The Beavers return three of their top five scorers led by senior Brandon Johnson, who averaged 12.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting to go along with a team-high 6.8 rebounds.
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski averaged 9.6 points and 3.3 boards, while junior Shyheim Ulrickson contributed 7.0 points and a team-best 3.4 assists last winter.

POLL POSITION
• The Beavers were picked to finish fourth behind defending tournament champions MIT, 2018 Final Four participant Springfield, and WPI when the NEWMAC released its preseason poll last week. The Beavers had won three straight regular season titles prior to last year's second-place finish.

RARE ROAD OPENER
• Babson, which has started the season with a victory in each of the last nine seasons, has not opened on the road since the 2011-12 campaign when it won 59-38 at Gordon.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have shot better than 42 percent in 30 consecutive games going back to the 2016-17 campaign.

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