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Navy to Host Boston University for the First Time Wednesday

Brandon Venturini

Feb. 4, 2014

Gameday Information
Boston University (15-8, 8-2 PL) at Navy (7-14, 2-8 PL)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Navy Game Notes
Patriot League TV | Live Statistics
Live Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM
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Wednesday's Game Basics
Navy (7-14, 2-8 PL) will host second-place Boston University (15-8, 8-2 PL) on Wednesday in Alumni Hall at 7:00 PM. Navy will be hosting the conference newcomers for the first time on Wednesday.

Free live video of the game will be available on the Patriot League Digital Network and live radio will be available on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM. Pete Medhurst will have the play-by-play on both the internet stream and the radio broadcast.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Night! - All fans who arrive at Alumni Hall between 6:15 PM and 6:45 PM can take on Bill the Goat in one round of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Fans who beat Bill will receive FREE admission to the game. Fans who lose to Bill, will have to pay for a full-priced ticket. Full priced tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 18 and under). If you beat Bill and you already have a ticket for Wednesday's game, you will receive a voucher for free admission to a future regular season game.

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 the game and will continue running for one hour after the game's completion. Fans can also walk through the pedestrian gate (Gate 3) off of Maryland Ave.



Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy is coming off a 72-54 loss at Lafayette on Saturday.
• The loss was Navy's fifth straight setback.
• The Mids fell to just 1-11 on the road this season, but are 6-3 at home.
• Three players scored in double figures for Navy against Lafayette.
Worth Smith had 15 points, Brandon Venturini had 13 and Zach Fong had 12.
• Smith is Navy's leading scorer at 11.1 points per game.
• Smith recently moved into 40th place on Navy's career scoring list with 746 points.
• Fong scored in double figures for the fifth time in the last six games.
• Fong also has made at least two three pointers in six straight games.
• Fong leads Navy in three pointers made (38) and 3-point FG Pct. (.413).
• Navy is currently tied for eighth place in the Patriot League with Colgate at 2-8.
• Head coach Ed DeChellis used his fifth different starting lineup in as many games against Lafayette.
• Venturini made his 52nd straight start and Smith started his 46th straight game.
• Venturini and Smith were joined in the starting lineup by freshman Payne Andrus and sophomores Kendall Knorr and Will Kelly.
• Andrus made his first career start against Lafayette and became the fourth different Mid to start at the point guard position this season.
• Freshman guard Grant Vermeer missed the Lafayette game with a concussion.
• In conference games, Navy leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (11.8) and turnover margin (+1.4).
• In overall games, Navy is second in scoring defense (65.0), second in total rebounds (34.6) and second in offensive rebounds (11.6).
• Smith is ranked fifth in the league in offensive rebounds (2.2), eighth in blocked shots (1.2), 10th in rebounding (5.2) and 10th in free throw percentage (.750).
• Fong is ranked ninth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.413) and is 10th in three pointers made per game (1.9).
• Fong leads all Patriot League freshmen in both categories.
• 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 326 consecutive games.
• Navy has an all-time record of 1,313-978 (.574).

Boston University Storylines
• Boston (15-8, 8-2) is coming off an overtime loss to Lehigh (82-80) on Saturday.
• Boston lost on a game-winning layup by Mackey McKnight with 0.5 seconds left. McKnight also hit a game-winning layup against Navy with 1.1 seconds left in a 68-66 OT game on Jan. 22.
• Boston had led by 15 points at halftime.
• Boston's only other conference loss came to American (86-56) on Jan. 22.
• The Terriers have played in two straight overtime games as they also defeated Army in overtime last Wednesday, 86-81.
• Sophomore guard Maurice Watson, Jr. leads BU in points per game (14.0).
• Watson, Jr. also leads the Patriot League and ranks seventh in the NCAA in assists per game (6.6).
• Senior guard D.J. Irving, the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, is second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game.
• Senior forward Dom Morris averages 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
• Boston ranks second in the conference in scoring margin (+1.9) and is also second in three pointers made per game (8.0).
• Head coach Joe Jones owns a 48-37 record in his third season at BU.

Series History vs. Boston U.
• Boston leads the all-time series against Navy, 3-0.
• Navy will be hosting Boston in Annapolis for the first time in series history.
• Boston defeated Navy, 55-32, on January 7 at Agganis Arena.
• Navy held Boston to a season-low 55 points but couldn't take advantage due to its own offensive struggles.
• Boston held Navy to a modern day (since 1952) program records for fewest points in a game (32) and fewest field goals (11) made.
• The two teams have also met in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen round in 1959 and in the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. in 1988.

Looking Ahead
• Navy will travel to West Point to play Army in the annual Star Game on Saturday.
• Army enters Wednesday's game against Lehigh in third place (7-3) in the conference.
• Navy will also be looking to even the season series after suffering a 60-55 loss at home on January 11.
• Navy leads the all-time series 72-47 and leads the Star Game series 53-37.
• Army has won the last two Star Games but Navy is 7-3 over the past 10.

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