Mids Host League Leader Holy Cross in Wednesday Night Showdown
Jan. 20, 2009
NAVY (13-5 / 2-1 PL) vs. HOLY CROSS (8-10 / 3-0 PL)
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 7:00 pm (ET)
Annapolis, Md. Alumni Hall (5,710)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WFED (820 & 1500 AM)
SIRIUS: Channel 130
Radio Talent: Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary
Live Video: NavySports.com (PL and Navy All-Access)
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY or available at game
Series: Holy Cross leads, 29-16
Last Meeting: Feb. 20, 2008 (Navy, 72-66)
Family Night Out -- 4-tickets, 4-Coke products and 4-Esskay hotdogs for $24.
Previewing Wednesday's Game
Looking to bounce back after its first league loss of the season, Navy (13-5, 2-1) faces a tough task on Wednesday night as Patriot League leader Holy Cross (8-10, 3-0) comes to Alumni Hall for a 7:00 pm (ET) tip-off. The Midshipmen, who are off to their best start since the 1999-00 team started 13-5 as well, are aiming to recover from an 84-69 loss at Lafayette on Saturday. Holy Cross, which has won two straight league road games but is just 3-7 this year away from Worcester, topped Bucknell, 68-56, on Saturday. The game will be aired on WNAV (1430 AM), WFED (820 and 1500 AM) and SIRIUS Satelite Radio (Channel 130), with Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary providing the call, beginning at 6:45 pm. The game will also be streamed online as part of the Navy and Patriot League All-Access packages.
At 13-5, Navy is off to its best start since the 1999-00 team started 13-5 as well. Navy's 2-1 Patriot League start is the program's best since the 2001-02 team also started out 2-1.
Holy Cross owns a 29-16 series lead over Navy, including 23-15 since Navy joined the Patriot League in 1991-92. The Mids, however, snapped a 17-game losing streak to the Crusaders last year, and swept Holy Cross for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
Navy is 8-0 at home after its 71-67 win over Bucknell on Jan. 10. The last time Navy started a year 8-0 at home came in the 1985-86 season. That team finished the year 11-0 at home, which was then Halsey Field House. The eight-game streak in Alumni Hall is the fourth-longest winning streak in Alumni Hall history.
The Mids are 8-1 in games decided by five points or less, one year after going 3-6. Navy's last six victories, dating back to the Mount St. Mary's win (68-65) on Dec. 9, have been decided by five or fewer points.
Prior to Saturday's loss to Lafayette, Navy had held 25 straight foes under 50.0 percent shooting. The Leopards then snapped that streak by shooting 54.2 percent from the field. In the first two league games, foes shot just 44-of-127 (.346).
Navy has shot over 30 three-pointers just twice this year (William & Mary and Maryland-Eastern Shore). Last year, the Mids attempted over 30 three-pointers nine different times.
Kaleo Kina leads the Patriot League in scoring (19.3 ppg). He is looking to follow in the footsteps of last year's league leader, Greg Sprink (21.8 ppg). Just once before in league history has a different pair of teammates led the league outright in scoring in back-to-back years (Bucknell's Bill Courtney, 20.0 in 1990-91 and Patrick King, 20.3 in 1991-92).
Nationally, Kina ranks 37th in scoring and his 277 field goal attempts rank 20th nationally.
Chris Harris is 16th nationally in three-pointers made (57) and 17th in three-point attempts (149). His 38.3 three-point percentage ranks 63rd on the national charts.
Chris Harris and Adam Teague have combined to make 101 of Navy's 138 three-pointers this year. If you throw Kaleo Kina into the mix, the trio has combined for 124 of the 138 three-pointers.
Navy has had at least three players score in double figures in each of the last six games. In the first 12 games of the year, Navy players had 10 different 20-point efforts. In the last six games, there have been just three such performances.
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