Jan. 22, 2013
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NAVY (7-12, 1-2) at American (6-12, 1-2)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena (3,044)
Television: Comcast Sportsnet
TV Talent: Joe Beninati, John Feinstein
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst, Michael Heary
Tickets: Available at Bender Arena prior to game
Series: American leads, 39-37 (AU, win-3)
For the third time in its first four league games, the Navy men's basketball team (7-12, 1-2) hits the road, heading to Washington, D.C., to face American (6-12, 1-2) in a Patriot League matchup tipping off at 7:00 PM (ET) from Bender Arena. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), beginning with the Navy Basketball pregame show at 6:45 PM. The game will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet with Joe Beninati and John Feinstein courtside.
After snapping a long Patriot League losing streak with a 59-50 win over Army, the Midshipmen look to contend their momentum on Wednesday at American. Navy has struggled offensively in league play, averaging just 51.0 points per game while shooting 37.1 percent from the field. The Mids are also just 18-of-38 (.474) from the free throw line in PL action.
Defensively, Navy is allowing foes to shoot 41.8 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from long distance in its three league contests, giving up just 58.7 points per game.
Freshman point guard Tilman Dunbar continues to lead the Midshipmen, averaging 10.5 points per game and 5.2 assists per contest. Against Army, he passed Cliff Rees (1985) to become the school's all-time freshman assist leader, now with 98 helpers to go along with 199 points.
Nine players average at least 9.3 minutes per game for Navy in league play and four players average at least 6.7 points per game. Sophomore Worth Smith (12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg) paces the Midshipmen in Patriot League action.
American was picked third in the preseason Patriot League poll and owns a 6-12 overall record and a 1-2 league record. The Eagles are led by 6-8 senior Stephen Lumpkins (14.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg), who spent last year playing baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization. Daniel Munoz averages 10.3 ppg and 3.5 apg. The Eagles are last in the Patriot League in scoring offense (57.2 ppg) and force just 9.8 turnovers per game.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 10-38 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 229-269 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach. He will coach his 500th career game on January 26, 2013, vs. Colgate.
Jeff Jones (Virginia, 1982) is in his 13th year at American, owning a 208-184 record with the Eagles. Prior to American, he was the head coach at Virginia for eight years. Jones led the Eagles to the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Tournaments.
What To Watch For
... Navy's defense vs. American's big men (Lumpkins & Wroblicky).
... Navy's 3-pt. shooting (.369) vs. AU's 3-pt. defense (.398).
... Turnover margin (Navy +1.95; American -2.94).
... Turnovers (Navy avg. 11.9; American forces 9.8).
... Rebounding Margin (Navy -3.8; American -0.1).
... Navy is 6-5 when holding foes to 59 points or less; American is 0-9 when scoring 59 points or less (6-3 when scoring 60).
# GO NAVY #