Navy Men's Basketball Hosts Army Saturday at Sold-Out Alumni Hall
Feb. 15, 2013
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Army (11-13, 4-5 PL) at NAVY (7-18, 1-8 PL)
Saturday, February 16, 2013 | 2:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Television: CBS Sports Network
Announcers: Bob Socci, Chris Spatola
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), WFED (1500 AM)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (Channel 134), XM (Channel 197)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst, Michael Heary
Twitter Updates: @NavyAthletics
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Series: Navy leads, 72-45 (Navy, win-1).
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker affixed to their vehicle will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5 per vehicle).
Season-ticket holders are able to park on The Yard, as they should have received a pass from the Naval Academy for entry onto campus.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for this doubleheader due to the sellout crowd of almost 6,000 fans. Alumni Hall will open at 10:00 AM, one-and-a-half hours before the start of the women's game.
King's Firecrackers Jump Rope Team -- King's Firecrackers Jump Rope Team performs at halftime of BOTH games!
Football Team Signing Autographs -- A select number of players, including freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds, freshman kicker Nick Sloan, First-Team Academic All-American Keegan Wetzel and defensive team captain Brye French among others will be on hand to sign autographs between the women's and men's game.
Navy (7-18, 1-8) hosts Army (11-13, 4-5) in the Star Game on Saturday at Alumni Hall, beginning at 2:00 PM (ET). Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), WFED (1500 AM, federalnewsradio.com), SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Ch. 134) and XM Satellite radio (Ch. 197). The contest will be carried by the CBS Sports Network with Bob Socci and Chris Spatola handling the call courtside. Live video stream will not be available for this contest. Live stats will be provided on NavySports.com(.)
Navy enters the contest with a 1-8 league mark after dropping a 66-57 decision to Holy Cross on Tuesday night. In that contest, Navy fell behind by 18 in the first half, but rallied to cut the lead to four before falling by nine. Navy has yet to score 60 points in Patriot League play, but is looking for the season sweep of the Black Knights after defeating Army, 59-50, on Jan. 20 in West Point.
Sophomore Worth Smith paces the Mids in scoring (10.5 ppg), rebounds (5.9 rpg), blocks (30) and steals (28) while freshman guard Tilman Dunbar averages 9.8 points per game and 5.2 assists per outing. He became the first Navy freshman in school history with 100 assists (now with 129).
Sophomore Brandon Venturini (9.0 ppg) has made 57 three-pointers on the season to rank second in the Patriot League in that category.
Freshmen and sophomores have scored 1,185 of Navy's 1,427 points this year, accounting for 83.0 percent of the scoring. In league play, it jumps to 90.3 percent (420-of-465 points). Navy's top nine scorers in league play are freshmen or sophomores.
Army enters the contest in a fourth-place tie in the league standings after blitzing Lafayette, 85-68, on Wednesday night in Easton, Pa. The Black Knights are second in the league in scoring (73.4 ppg) and have scored over 80 points ten different times this year.
A stellar freshman class leads the Black Knights. During league play only, five of the top seven Army scorers are freshmen led by Kyle Wilson (15.4 ppg) and Kyle Toth (10.4 ppg). Senior Ella Ellis is the team's leading scorer, ranking third in the league in scoring at 16.6 ppg. Army has made an average of 7.9 three-pointers per game this year.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 10-44 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 229-275 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach.
Zach Spiker (Ithaca, 2000) is in his fourth year at Army, boasting a 48-65 record for his career and at the school. Prior to arriving at Army, Spiker was part of staff at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
What To Watch For
1) Army is 0-8 when scoring 65 pts. or less; 11-5 when 66-plus.
2) Navy is minus-5.5 on glass; Army is plus-2.9.
3) 11 of the PL's top 18 scoring freshmen are in this game.
4) Navy holds foes to 31.4 % from 3P range; Army shoots 35.9.
5) 30 of Navy's 59 pts. in first meeting were from the bench.
# GO NAVY #