Jan. 14, 2014
Bucknell (8-7, 3-1 PL) at Navy (6-9, 1-3 PL)
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Navy Game Notes | Bucknell Game Notes
Patriot League Network Video | Live Statistics
Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy (6-9, 1-3 PL) will host Bucknell (8-7, 3-1 PL) on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall. Navy is coming off a 60-55 loss to Army, while Bucknell most recently defeated Holy Cross, 61-57 on Saturday.
Wednesday's game can be viewed for free on the Patriot League Digital Network and audio can be heard on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM. Pete Medhurst will handle play-by-play duties for both the video feed and the radio and he will be joined by analyst Michael Heary.
Family Night - Four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $25 at the Alumni Hall Ticket Office on game night.
Parking / Shuttle Information
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 each game and will continue running throughout the game and one hour after.
Navy enters Saturday's game at 1-3 in the Patriot League and 6-9 overall.
The Mids have lost its last two games and is coming off a 60-55 loss to archrival Army on Saturday.
The Mids have lost six of its last seven after a three game winning streak had the Mids at 5-3.
Navy is 5-1 at Alumni Hall this season, with its only blemish being to Army on Saturday.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini is averaging 10.4 points overall and a team-best 13.3 points in Patriot League play.
Junior forward Worth Smith is averaging 9.9 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Venturini, Smith and sophomore guard Kendall Knorr have started all 15 games for Navy this season.
Navy is leading the Patriot League in total rebounds per game (36.6), defensive rebounds per game (25.1) and rebounding margin (+2.3).
Navy ranks second in the Patriot League and 39th in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 64.1 points per game.
Navy ranks second in the Patriot League in field goal percentage defense (.419).
Sophomore center Will Kelly ranks fourth in the conference in blocked shots per game (1.5) and Smith is eighth (0.9).
Smith is also eighth in offensive rebounds per game (1.9) and Kelly is ninth in defensive rebounds per game (3.9).
Freshman Zach Fong ranks ninth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.415).
Head coach Ed DeChellis has used three different starting lineups this season after using five different lineups in 2012-13 and 17 in his first season at Navy in 2011-12.
Navy played its 300th career Patriot League game on Saturday against Army.
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 has made at least one three-pointer in 320 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,312-973 (.575).
Bucknell, the defending Patriot League Champion, is 8-7 (3-1 PL) and has won three straight games.
Bucknell owns Patriot League wins over Colgate (68-57), Lafayette (96-86) and Holy Cross (61-57).
The Bison fell to American in their league opener, 67-57.
Senior guard Cameron Ayers is the only returning All-Patriot League First-Team honoree from last season.
Ayers leads the team with 14.1 points per game.
Sophomore Chris Haas is averaging 10.5 points after averaging just 1.8 last year.
Post player Brian Fitzpatrick, a graduate student, is averaging 9.0 points.
Bucknell won the 2012-13 Patriot League Regular Season title at 12-2 and also won the tournament title.
The Bison fell to Butler, 68-56, in the NCAA Second Round as a No. 11 seed.
Head coach Dave Paulsen 107-72 (.598) in his sixth season at Bucknell.
Series History vs. Bucknell
Navy leads the all-time series against Bucknell, 34-33.
Bucknell has defeated Navy in each of the last eight meetings.
Bucknell and Navy are meeting for the ninth time in the past four years, the most meetings of any Navy opponent during that span.
Bucknell defeated Navy in the Patriot League Tournament First Round in each of the past two seasons.
Bucknell defeated Navy, 58-42, in the league tournament on March 6, 2013, their last meeting.
Last season's Patriot League Player of the Year Mike Muscala had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Navy leads the all-time Alumni Hall series against Bucknell, 17-9.
Navy will next play at Colgate on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 PM.
Colgate is currently 6-9 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League.
Colgate leads the all-time series against Navy, 29-24 and has swept the season series each of the last two years.
The Raiders will play at Boston University (11-6, 4-0 PL) on Wednesday evening.