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Navy to Host Defending League Champion Bucknell on Wednesday

Head coach Ed DeChellis

Head coach Ed DeChellis

Jan. 14, 2014

Gameday Information
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
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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.

Midshipmen Storylines
• 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 Storylines
• 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.

Looking Ahead
• 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.

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