Navy Travels to West Point For Nationally-Televised Showdown
Jan. 19, 2013
NAVY (6-12, 0-2) at Army (8-9, 1-1)
Sunday, January 20, 2013 | 12:00 PM (ET)
West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena (5,043)
Television: CBS Sports Network
TV Talent: Bob Socci, Chris Spatola, Reggie Miller
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com)
Radio: WFED (1500 AM, federalnewsradio.com)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (Ch. 123), XM (Ch. 190)
Announcer: Pete Medhurst
Tickets: Limited number of tickets available at Christl Arena
Series: Navy leads, 71-45 (Army, win-2)
The Navy men's basketball team (6-12) travels Sunday to West Point for the first meeting against Army (8-9, 1-1), tipping off at high noon from Christl Arena. Pete Medhurst will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), WFED Radio (1500 AM, FederalNewsRadio.com) and SIRIUS (Ch. 123) and XM (Ch. 190) Satellite Radio. The game will be televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network with Bob Socci, Chris Spatola and NBA legend and Naismith Hall of Famer Reggie Miller. Live stats will be available on NavySports.com(.)
Navy enters the contest on a six-game losing streak and having scored just 94 points (47 in each game) in a pair of Patriot League contests. Navy is shooting just 39.2 percent from the field in league play and 29.3 percent from long distance. In addition, the Midshipmen have attempted just 14 free throws (making six) so far in league play.
Defensively, Navy is allowing foes to shoot 46.9 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from long distance in its two league contests, giving up 63.0 points per game.
Freshman point guard Tilman Dunbar continues to lead the Midshipmen, averaging 10.7 points per game and 5.3 assists per contest. He needs just one assist to tie Cliff Rees (1985) on the school's single-season freshman assists list, as he currently has 95 helpers.
The trio of Dunbar (10.5) and sophomores Brandon Venturini (13.0) and Worth Smith (10.5) have scored 68 of Navy's 94 points in league play, as Kendall Knorr is fourth on the team in scoring during league play at 3.5 points per game. About Army
Army enters the contest with an 8-9 record and a 1-1 league record after routing Lafayette, 77-54, on Wednesday. Senior Ella Ellis paces the Black Knights by averaging 17.6 points per game, while a slew of freshmen (Kyle Wilson - 11.5 ppg; Kyle Toth - 7.9 ppg; Dylan Cox - 6.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg; Larry Toomey - 5.4 ppg) contribute mightily to Army's attack.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 9-38 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 228-269 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach. He will coach his 500th career game on January 26, 2013, vs. Colgate.
Zach Spiker (Ithaca, 2000) is in his fourth year at Army, boasting a 45-61 record for his career and at the school. Prior to arriving at Army, Spiker was part of staff at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
The Series With Army
Sunday's meeting will be the 117th encounter beween the two teams with Navy holding a 71-45 series advantage. However over the previous nine seasons, each team has won nine games each with Navy sweeping the season series once (2010-11) and Army sweeping once (2011-12).
The rivalry is the most-frequently played rivalry on the Navy schedule, easily surpassing the second-most frequently-played rival, Penn (81).
Navy's 71 wins against Army are the most against one opponent, while its 45 losses are second behind Penn (57).
Navy owns an all-time 153-129 (.543) record against the State of New York, posting a 1-2 record this year. The Mids defeated Binghamton (75-52) but fell to Siena in overtime (54-49) and Albany (71-61). Navy is just 1-8 under Ed DeChellis against teams from the Empire State.
Navy owns a 10-10 (.500) record all-time on January 20. Navy hasn't played on the date since a 79-60 setback at Holy Cross in 2010.
What To Watch For
... Navy's defense (59.4 PPG) vs. Army's offense (73.2 PPG).
... Navy on the road (1-7) vs. Army at home (5-1).
... Navy getting to the FT line (56 attempts last 6 games).
... Turnover Margin (Navy +34; Army -15).
... Rebounding Margin (Navy -4.1; Army +2.5).
... Second-Chance Points (Navy 127; Army 189).
... Fast-Break Points (Navy 111; Army 61).
... Army is 6-1 when scoring 80-plus; 2-8 when scoring 0-79 pts.
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