|Men's Basketball Game Notes - vs. Florida Atlantic|
Tip Off: The Arkansas State University men's basketball team begins a three-game Sun Belt Conference (SBC) homestand, starting with this Saturday’s (Jan. 26) contest against the Florida Atlantic Owls at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. The game, which will be televised live via the Sun Belt Network and ESPN 3, is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (CT) start time.
2012-13 A-StAte Ticket Information: Individual single-game ticket prices for the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball season are $12 for the upper center area, $10 for the upper side, $8 for the upper wings, $6 for children and senior citizens (age 55+), and $5 group rate purchase of 12 tickets or more. Tickets may be purchased through the ASU Box Office by calling 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS. Ticket information for the 2012-13 season is also available on ASU Athletics official website – www.AStateRedWolves.com.
On TV: This Saturday’s (Jan. 26) conference home tilt against Florida Atlantic will be televised on the Sun Belt Network as Tom Dore calls the action with Bob Donewald serving as color analyst. The Sun Belt Network is a joint partnership with Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST).
Coaches vs. Cancer and Suits and Sneakers Weekend: ASU men’s basketball head coach John Brady and members of his coaching staff will be participating in the National Basketball Coaches Association’s (NABC) Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneaker Awareness Weekend program this weekend (Jan. 25-27) on a national scale. The A-State men’s basketball staff and other participating staffs throughout the nation will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire during each school’s respective game this weekend (Jan. 25-27) to show support for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the fight against cancer.
A-State fans are encouraged to become a part of the fight against cancer by partnering with Coaches vs. Cancer. Red Wolves’ fans can join in the fight against cancer with a donation of $5 by texting “COACH” to 20222. For every text message received from January 24 through April 9, fans will be entered for an opportunity to win exclusive basketball experiences like watching top teams courtside at the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic or receiving autographed gear.
A basketball autographed by A-State head coach John Brady will be raffled off at this Saturday's game to an individual who has made a $5 donation to the ACS.
The Records: Arkansas State (11-8, 5-5 Sun Belt West Division). The Red Wolves suffering a 74-67 overtime road loss to Troy Thursday (1/24) in Sun Belt Conference action at TU’s Trojan Arena in Troy, Ala. A-State is currently 8-2 at home, 3-6 on the road, and 0-0 at neutral sites this season. Florida Atlantic (10-11, 5-5 Sun Belt East Division). The Owls dropped a 65-62 conference road decision to UALR Thursday (1/24) at UALR’s Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark. FAU is 3-8 on the road, 6-3 at home, and 1-0 at neutral sites to date this campaign.
The Coaches: Arkansas State – John Brady (Bellhaven, 1976), 5th season, 72-74 (.493); Career - 353-290 (.549) – (4-4 vs. FAU). Brady was named the 2009-10 SBC Coach of the Year and the District VII Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He served six seasons (1991-97) as head coach at Samford and then spent 10-plus seasons (1997-08) in a head coaching capacity at LSU. Brady guided LSU to two SEC Championship titles along with four NCAA Tournament appearances, which included a Final Four appearance in the 2005-06 season.
Florida Atlantic – Mike Jarvis (Northeastern, 1968), 5th season, 62-83 (.428); Career: 24th season, 381-285 (.572) – (4-2 vs. ASU). Jarvis is seven victories shy of becoming the all-time winningest coach in FAU men’s basketball history after taking over the reins in March 2008. He was tabbed as the 2010-11 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and also received the NABC District 24 Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Owls to a school Division I record 21 victories and a SBC regular-season championship title. Jarvis has taken three programs – Boston University (1985-90), George Washington (1990-98), and St. John’s (1998-04) to the NCAA Tournament.
About Florida Atlantic: The Owls have lost their last two contests, which included a 65-62 conference road loss to UALR Thursday (1/24) in Little Rock, Ark. Freshman guard Stefan Moody led FAU in the setback at UALR with a game-high tying 24 points while senior guard Greg Gantt tallied 13 points. The Owls were paced in rebounding by senior forward Jordan McCoy’s seven boards.
• Greg Gantt (22.0 ppg.) and Stefan Moody (14.8 ppg.) are currently the only FAU players averaging double-figure points. In rebounding, Jordan McCoy (5.9 rpg.) and Greg Gantt (4.8 rpg.) lead the way while sophomore forward Kelvin Penn (2.5 bpg.) is tops in blocked shots.
• Among the national statistical leaders, FAU ranks 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (38.7%) and is 34th in blocked shots (5.1 bpg.). The Owls are 59th in three-point field goal defense (30.6 avg.), 94th in free-throw percentage (71.4%), 111th in three-point field goals (6.8 avg.), 189th in scoring defense (66.6%), 233rd in scoring margin (-1.9), and 245th in scoring offense (64.7 ppg.) Individually, Greg Gantt ranks fifth in points (22.0 ppg.), 27th in three-point field goals (2.86 avg.), 36th in three-point field goal percentage (42.0%), and tied for 122nd in free-throw percentage (81.8%). Kelvin Penn is listed 26th in blocked shots (2.52 bpg.) while Stefan Moody ranks tied for 122nd in free-throw percentage (81.8%), 222nd in points (14.8 ppg.), and 227th in three-point field goals (1.94 avg.).
All-Time Series: Arkansas State trails 5-4 in the all-time series which started in the 2006-07 season (1/31/07) as the Red Wolves claimed an 84-77 home win. ASU is 3-1 at home 0-4 on the road, and 1-0 at neutral sites.
• The Red Wolves are averaging 67.9 ppg. (611 pts.) in the series while the Owls have averaged 69.4 ppg. (625 pts.) in the nine matchups between the two schools.
• FAU is 4-1 in the last five meetings, which includes a 72-65 home decision over ASU earlier this season (12/1). A-State snapped a three-game series skid last season (3/3/12) with a 70-55 victory in the opening round of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Hot Springs, Ark. The Red Wolves dropped a 58-50 contest to the Owls a season ago (1/9) in their most recent home appearance of the series.
• Seven of the nine meetings have been decided by eight points or less which includes three of the last four.
• The Red Wolves are 3-4 in games decided by eight points or less and 1-1 when the margin is greater.
• A-State has averaged 61.0 points a game (305 pts.) in the last five meetings while FAU is scoring an average of 64.8 points an outing (324 pts.) during that span.
Sun Belt Conference Games: The Red Wolves are 176-178 (.497) since joining the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in the 1991-92 season, which includes a season-best 14-4 (.778) mark in the 1997-98 campaign.
• A-State sports a 39-18 (.684) record at home and is 15-17 (.469) on the road since the 2006-07 season.
• ASU head coach John Brady has registered a 38-40 record (.487) in Sun Belt Conference contests since his arrival in the 2008-09 season, which consists of a 27-10 home ledger and a 10-29 away mark.
• The Red Wolves are presently 29-24 (.547) in January conference games dating back to 2006-07 – 22-7 at home and 7-17 on the road. ASU’s best mark was 7-1 in the 2009-10 season as the Red Wolves went 4-0 at home and 3-1 on the road en route to a 17-14 overall mark.
Seven Times: Senior forward Brandon Peterson generated his seventh double-double of this season as a result of scoring 15 points and hauling in a game-high 12 rebounds in Thursday’s (1/24) overtime loss at Troy. To date, Peterson has amassed 16 double-double games in 115 contests. He compiled five in the 2011-12 campaign after notching two apiece in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
Nearing A Grand Milestone: Brandon Peterson is only 14 points shy of scoring his 1,000th career point and would become the 25th individual in A-State history to reach the significant milestone. The ASU frontcourt player has presently totaled 986 career points in 115 appearances resulting in an 8.5 points per game scoring average.
Prolific Scorer: Senior guard Trey Finn moved into a 23rd-place tie with Jabari Myles (1994-98; 1,013 career pts.) among ASU’s all-time scoring leaders with six points at Troy (1/24) and is now 12 points away from equaling Jay Hansen’s (1980-84) 1,025 career points total for 22nd place.
Board Crasher: Brandon Peterson presently ranks 10th on A-State’s career rebounding leaders chart with 767 boards and is 33 caroms shy of the 800-career plateau. Peterson, who has grabbed a squad-high 182 rebounds in 19 games to date this season, is eight caroms shy of tying Mike Burk (1964-68; 775 career rebs.) for ninth place. Peterson would become the eight ASU player to register 800 career rebounds.
Finn-tastic: Trey Finn, who has presently totaled 608 career rebounds in 109 games, is 19 boards shy of occupying a share of 13th place with Gaylon Ward (1960-62; 627 career rebs.) on ASU’s all-time rebounding leaders list. Finn, who has a team second-most 86 boards in 18 outings this campaign, currently ranks 14th among the program’s career leaders.
Good As Golden: Freshman guard Cameron Golden’s game-high 18 points at Troy (1/24) also represented a personal season high, eclisping his 15 points at Kent State earlier this season (12/22). Golden, who has compiled four double-figure scoring game performances this campaign to date, connected on 6-of-11 from the field and a season game-best 6-of-9 in three-point field goals in the overtime loss at Troy.
Red Wolf Howlings: Brandon Peterson is shooting 60% (15-25) from the floor in ASU’s last four games while averaging 9.8 points a contest during that period ... Ed Townsel is one shy of tallying his 100th field goal of this season ... Ed Townsel (292 pts.) and Brandon Peterson (213 pts.), who presently lead ASU in scoring this campaign, have accounted for 38.5% (505-1,312) of its points production ... Rakeem Dickerson’s squad-best 46 assists in 19 games this season is one shy of equaling his career season-best 47 helpers set last season in 32 contests ... Brandon Peterson is three steals away from matching his career season-high 23 steals set in 34 games a season ago ... Brandon Peterson is one free throw made shy of garnering number 300 in his career ... The Red Wolves have fired up at least 20 three-point shots in a contest on 11 occasions this season, including a season game-high 33 against FIU (1/10) ... Raeford Worsham has attained double-digit points in two of his last three outings and is averaging 10.3 points a game (31 pts.) during that span. He averaged 2.3 points per contest (nine points) in his previous four appearances.
2012-13 Reference Guide Now Online: The 2012-13 A-State men's basketball reference guide is now available to view online in a PDF format and contains information for all devoted Red Wolves fans. The 110-page publication features such information as 2012-13 student-athlete rosters, season preview, student-athlete biographies, coaching staff bios, 2011-12 season statistics, and all-time series records along with career, season, and game statistical records. The annual publication is a production of the ASU Sports Information Office under the direction of director Jerry Scott along with assistant directors Chris Graddy and Joe Gorby. To view the 2012-13 ASU men's basketball publication online, please visit the respective link - 2012-13 Arkansas State Men's Basketball Reference Guide.
A Season Ago: A-State concluded the 2011-12 campaign at 14-20 overall and posted a fifth-place 6-10 mark in the Sun Belt Conference’s (SBC) West Division. The Red Wolves were 10-5 at home, 2-14 on the road, and 2-1 at neutral sites a season ago.
2012-13 ASU Basketball Promotions: The ASU Athletics Marketing Department will feature special promotions for each remaining 2012-13 Red Wolves' home basketball game. Click on this link to view promotion schedule.
2013 SBC Basketball Tourney Tickets On Sale: Tickets for the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament to be held March 8-11 at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark., are now on sale. Tickets are on sale for $93 per booklet. Each booklet includes a ticket to each session for both the men’s and women’s games covering all four days. If you are interested in reserving your seats to the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament, please call the ASU Box Office at (870) 972-2781, or you may order your tickets online at www.tickets.astate.edu. Hotel packages can be reserved by calling (501) 624-5521.
Up Next: The Red Wolves continue Sun Belt Conference action on their home court as the South Alabama Jaguars visit ASU on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Jonesboro, Ark. A 7:05 p.m. (CT) start time is scheduled for the game at the ASU Convocation Center in what represents the second and final 2012-13 regular-season matchup between the two teams.