Men's Basketball at First-Place American on Wednesday
Sophomore Will Kelly
Jan. 28, 2014
Navy (7-12, 2-6 PL) at American (12-7, 8-0 PL)
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 | 7:30 PM (ET)
Navy Game Notes
Patriot League Digital Network Video | Live Statistics
Live Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1050 AM
Wednesday's Game Basics
Navy (7-12, 2-6 PL) will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to play at first-place American (12-7, 8-0 PL). The tip will be at 7:30 PM at Bender Arena. Wednesday's game will be Navy's ninth of the Patriot League schedule and is the midway point of the 18-game conference slate.
Free live video of Wednesday's game can be seen on the Patriot League Digital Network and live statistics will be available. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will have the call of the game on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on WFED 1050 AM in Washington, D.C and Northern Virginia.
Navy has dropped three straight games and five of its last six.
Navy is coming off a 67-52 loss to Holy Cross at home on Saturday.
Junior forward Worth Smith averaged 22.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in Navy's two games against Holy Cross and Lehigh last week.
Smith had a career-high 26 points against Lehigh and 19 against Holy Cross.
Smith leads Navy with 11.0 points per game.
Smith has 722 career points, 412 rebounds, 78 blocks and 70 steals.
He joins David Robinson (`87), Eddie Reddick (`91) and Sitapha Savane (`00) as the only Navy players with career totals of 700 points, 400 rebounds 70 blocks and 70 steals.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini scored 15 points against Holy Cross.
Venturini is second on the team with 10.8 points per game.
The Mids lead the Patriot League in total rebounds per game (35.9) and offensive rebounds per game (11.9).
Navy is second in the league in scoring defense (64.2), rebounding margin (+1.3) and steals per game (6.5).
Smith ranks ninth in the league in rebounding (5.3), fifth in offensive rebounds (2.1) and seventh in blocks (1.0).
Sophomore center Will Kelly ranks fifth in the league in blocked shots (1.3).
Against Holy Cross, head coach Ed DeChellis used a new starting lineup of Earl McLaurin, Venturini, Grant Vermeer, Smith and Kelly.
The starting lineup was Navy's fifth different lineup of the season and third different lineup in the last three games.
Senior James Loupos (knee) and freshman Michael Brown (illness) missed Saturday's games.
Navy has defeated both of the 2013 Patriot League tournament finalists this season (Bucknell and Lafayette).
Navy is one win away from surpassing last year's conference win total (2-12).
Navy is one win away from matching its win total of eight from last season (8-23).
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 324 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,313-976 (.574).
American (12-7) sits alone in first place in the Patriot League with an 8-0 record.
The Eagles are off to their best start to conference play since 1981 when Gary Williams led them to an 11-0 start in the East Coast Conference.
American has won nine-straight games since opening the season at 3-7 under first-year head coach Mike Brennan.
Brennan was hired by American after serving the last four seasons as an assistant at Georgetown.
John Schoof leads American with 13.4 points per game and Jesse Reed is second at 13.1.
Tony Wroblicky averages 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds and Darius Gardner averages 11.3 points and 4.5 assists.
Schoof, Reed and Wroblicky have each been named the Patriot League Player of the Week since conference play began.
American leads the league in scoring defense (60.8), scoring margin (+5.4), field goal pct. (.507), field goal pct. defense (.403), three-point field goal pct. defense (.309), rebounding margin (+1.8) and assists (15.8).
Schoof leads the league in three pointers made per game (2.5).
Gardner leads the league in minutes played per game (37.3) while Schoof is second at 36.6.
Series History vs. American
American leads the all-time series against Navy, 40-38.
Navy defeated American, 50-44, in the last meeting on Feb. 20, 2013 in Annapolis.
The Mids outscored American, 7-2, over the last three minutes to close out the game, including a breakaway dunk by Thurgood Wynn.
Venturini had 13 points for Navy and Wynn had 11.
Kelly had six points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Since joining the Patriot League in 2001-02, American leads the series, 22-5.
American leads the series at Bender Arena, 14-3.
Navy will begin the second half of conference play at Lafayette on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
Navy defeated Lafayette, 79-71, on Jan. 5 in Annapolis.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini knocked down eight three pointers and scored a career-high 28 points as Navy won its first league game of the season.
Navy leads the all-time series, 42-30.
Lafayette lost to Colgate on Monday, 75-68, to finish the first half of league play at 0-9.
However, Lafayette's leading scorer Seth Hinrichs (18.7 ppg) returned after missing 10 straight games.
Hinrichs was 2-of-10 for five points while playing 23 minutes.
Lafayette has lost 11-straight games.