Navy to Host Army on Saturday on the CBS Sports Network
Jan. 9, 2014
Army (7-7, 3-0 PL) at Navy (6-8, 1-2 PL)
Saturday, January 11, 2014 | 4:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Navy Game Notes | Army Game Notes
TV: CBS Sports Network
Announcers: Jason Knapp, Chris Spatola, Reggie Miller
Radio: SiriusXM (Ch. 134), WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WBAL 1090 AM
Buy Tickets | Promotions
Saturday's Game Basics
The 119th meeting between Army (7-7, 3-0 PL) and Navy (6-8, 1-2 PL) will be contested in Alumni Hall on Saturday at 4:00 PM. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp serving as the play-by-play announcer. The analysts are NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and former Army standout Chris Spatola. Miller is calling an Army-Navy game for the third straight year.
Saturday's game can also be heard on the radio with Pete Medhurst (play-by-play) and former Navy standout Michael Heary (analyst) on the call. The game will be carried on SiriusXM Radio (Ch. 134), WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis (wnav.com) and WBAL 1090 AM in the Baltimore area. This game will not be shown on the Patriot League Digital Network. Live statistics will also be available on navysports.com.
The men's game is the second contest of an Army-Navy doubleheader in Annapolis on Saturday. The Army-Navy women's game will tip at 1:30 PM and will also be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Tickets / Promotions
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Only one ticket is needed for both games of the doubleheader.
The Navy Football team will sign autographs for fans in-between the women's and men's game on the main concourse.
The football team will also be recognized for its successful 2013 season at halftime of the men's game.
The King's Firecrackers Jump Rope Team will be performing at halftime of both the Navy men's and women's games.
Fans without Department of Defense credentials must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Buses will run every 15 minutes starting one hour before the Army-Navy women's game and will continue running throughout both games and one hour after the Army-Navy men's game concludes.
Navy enters Saturday's game at 1-2 in the Patriot League and 6-8 overall.
Navy is undefeated at home this season with its 5-0 record in Alumni Hall.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini (10.5) and junior forward Worth Smith (10.1) are both averaging double digit points.
Venturini has scored over 20 points twice this season and leads the team with 26 three pointers made.
Sophomore center Will Kelly is leading Navy with 5.5 rebounds per game while Smith is second at 5.1.
Navy's two seniors, James Loupos and Thurgood Wynn, have seen increased playing time in the past two weeks.
Loupos has started each of the past three games after being a healthy scratch against UMBC on Dec. 30.
Wynn was a healthy scratch for four straight games and played just one minute against UMBC. In the past three games, Wynn has averaged 11.7 points and 21.3 minutes.
Wynn scored 15 points in back-to-back games against Loyola and Lafayette.
Wynn has been getting to the free throw line more than any other Mid in the past three games.
Wynn was 4-of-5 from the line against Loyola, 9-of-12 against Lafayette and 5-of-6 at Boston U.
Junior point guard Earl McLaurin has moved into a starting role and has tallied a total of 17 points, 18 rebounds and 15 assists in the past four games.
Navy is the Patriot League's top rebounding team. The Mids lead the conference in total rebounds per game (36.6) and in rebounding margin (+2.2).
Navy is ranked second in the conference in scoring defense (64.4) and is second in field goal pct. defense (.417).
Navy is also third in the conference in steals per game (6.2).
Navy's junior class (23.9 ppg) and sophomore class (22.0) have been doing the bulk of the scoring this season. Navy's freshman class is averaging 13.9 and the seniors are at 3.7.
Navy most recently dropped a 55-32 game at Boston University on Tuesday.
Navy will be playing its 300th Patriot League game on Saturday.
Last Saturday Navy won its first conference game of the season with its 79-71 win over Lafayette.
Venturini scored a career-high 28 points and was 8-of-9 on three pointers against Lafayette.
Navy shot 11-of-14 on three pointers against Lafayette for a percentage of .786, the second-best single-game performance in school history.
Venturini's eight threes against Lafayette and freshman Zach Fong's seven threes against Bryant are two of the top single-game performances in school history.
The school record is nine threes made in a game.
Navy is 1-2 in Patriot League play in 2014 after going 0-14 in 2012 and 2-12 in 2013.
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 319 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,312-972 (.575).
At 3-0, Army is off to its best start to Patriot League play in program history.
The Black Knights are coming off a 79-76 win at Lehigh on Wednesday evening.
Army has also defeated Loyola (91-82) and Lafayette (85-66).
Sophomore Kyle Wilson leads Army and ranks second in the Patriot League with 19.0 points per game. He has scored over 20 points eight times this season.
Wilson scored 23 points against Lehigh on Wednesday and went 5-of-6 on free throws in the final 26 seconds to seal the win.
Wilson was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year last season.
Sophomore center Kyle Ferguson and sophomore forward Tanner Plomb are each averaging 9.4 points and Ferguson leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game.
Army leads the Patriot League in scoring offense (75.6) and blocked shots per game (4.4)
Series History vs. Army
Saturday's game will be the 119th meeting between Army and Navy in men's basketball.
Navy has played Army more than any other opponent.
Navy leads the all-time series, 72-46, and is 41-18 in Annapolis.
Navy is 19-6 against Army in games played in Alumni Hall.
Army and Navy split the season series last year.
Navy won at Army, 59-50, on Jan. 20 before Army defeated Navy in the Star Game (56-55) on Feb. 16.
This season's Star Game will be played in West Point on Feb. 8.
Navy leads the Star Series, 53-37.
Navy will next host Bucknell on January 15 in Alumni Hall at 7:00 PM.
Bucknell won the 2013 Patriot League Tournament Championship before falling to Butler in the NCAA Second Round.
Navy leads the all-time series against Bucknell, 34-33, but the Bison have won each of the last eight meetings.