Men's Basketball to Host Loyola on Senior Day
Feb. 28, 2014
Loyola (10-18, 5-12 PL) at Navy (9-19, 4-13 PL)
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7:00 PM (ET)
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All Boy and Girl scouts who wear their scouting uniform to the game will get in for just $3 a person. The first 500 Scouts will also receive a Navy Basketball Scout Patch!
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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.
Saturday's Game Basics
The Navy men's basketball team (9-19, 4-13 PL) will host Loyola (10-18, 5-12 PL) in its regular-season finale on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Alumni Hall. The Navy basketball program will honor seniors James Loupos and Thurgood Wynn, along with manager A.J. Ramos, in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the game.
Free live video of the Navy-Loyola game will be available on the Patriot League Digital Network with Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary handling the announcing duties. The game can also be heard in the Annapolis area on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM.
Navy could still tie for as high as eighth place in the final Patriot League standings, but the Mids have already been locked into the No. 10 seed for the postseason tournament due to tiebreaker scenarios.
Navy will play at the yet to be determined No. 7 seed on Monday evening in the Patriot League First Round. Lafayette, Lehigh or Colgate will be the No. 7 seed, depending on Saturday's outcomes.
Navy will honor seniors James Loupos and Thurgood Wynn prior to Saturday's game.
Navy is locked into the No. 10 seed for the Patriot League Tournament and will have a quick turnaround before playing on the road at the No. 7 seed in the first round on Monday.
The winner of the 7-10 game will play at the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals on Wednesday evening.
Holy Cross (3), Bucknell (4), Army (5) and Navy (10) have secured their seeds heading into the final day of action.
Navy is coming off a 64-55 loss to American on Wednesday evening.
The Mids were within three points at 54-51 with 1:30 remaining, but American hit back-to-back 3-pointers and made enough free throws down the stretch to pull away.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini had 18 points, five assists and four steals in a career-high 38 minutes against American.
Junior forward Worth Smith added 11 points and nine rebounds, just missing his first double-double of the season.
Smith is Navy's leading scorer (11.6) and leader rebounds (5.4).
Venturini is second on the team at 10.9 points per game and he leads Navy in assists (2.8) and steals per game (1.4).
Smith is 10th in the Patriot League in rebounding, while Venturini is 10th in both assists and steals.
Sophomore Will Kelly is fifth in the Patriot League in blocked shots per game (1.4).
Navy has struggled getting to the free throw line this season. Navy has attempted just 246 free throws in conference play. Eight Patriot League teams have made over 200 free throws. Holy Cross has made more free throws (253) than Navy has attempted (246) in league play.
Freshman guard Zach Fong has made a 3-pointer in 13-straight games.
Fong ranks fourth on the freshman 3-pointers made chart with 50. He is one 3-pointer from tying Michael Heary '98 for third place.
With Navy's nine overall wins, head coach Ed DeChellis has increased his win total in each of his first three years at Navy. The Mids won three games in 2012 and eight in 2013.
With its four conference wins, Navy has doubled its 2013 total of two.
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 333 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,315-983 (.573).
Loyola enters Saturday's game at 10-18 overall and 5-12 in the Patriot League.
This will be Loyola's first game at Navy as a Patriot League member.
Loyola is currently tied with Colgate for eighth place and the Greyhounds could be the No. 8 or No. 9 seed.
Loyola lost its leading scorer Dylon Cormier (21.1 ppg) to season-ending hand surgery prior to its game against American on Feb. 5.
The Greyhounds upset American without Cormier, but has lost six-straight games.
Without Cormier, Loyola is averaging 56.4 points per game.
Junior guard R.J. Williams is now Loyola's leading scorer with 8.3 points per game and he leads the team with 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
Williams leads the Patriot League in steals per game.
Sophomore guard Eric Laster is averaging 8.0 points per game.
Loyola leads the Patriot League in turnover margin (+1.8), blocks per game (4.3) and steals per game (8.0).
Series History vs. Loyola
Loyola rallied from 13 down to defeat Navy in overtime, 63-57, in its inaugural Patriot League contest on January 2 in Baltimore.
Navy leads the all-time series against Loyola, 20-5.
Navy had won three-straight in the series before losing to Loyola in January.
Navy is 11-2 against Loyola in Annapolis.
Loyola will be playing its first game in Annapolis since 2004, when Navy earned a 58-54 win.
Navy is locked into the #10 seed for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament and will play in the #7 vs. #10 first round game on the road on Monday, March 3.
Navy could play at Lafayette, Lehigh or Colgate, depending on Saturday's outcomes.
With a win in the first round on Monday, Navy would advance to Wednesday's quarterfinals at the to be determined #2 seed.
Navy has an overall record of 13-19 in the Patriot League Tournament.
Navy's last tournament win came in 2001.
Senior Day Ceremony to Honor Loupos and Wynn
Navy seniors James Loupos and Thurgood Wynn will be honored in a Senior Day Ceremony prior to the Loyola game on Saturday.
Loupos, a forward, will graduate with a degree in political science and will serve as a Navy pilot.
Wynn, a guard, will graduate with a degree in economics and will serve in the U.S. Navy as an information professional.
Loupos ranks ninth in school history with 115 career games played.
Loupos has made 43 career starts and has 280 career points, 172 rebounds, 41 steals and 35 assists.
Wynn has played in 100 career games with 32 starts.
Wynn has 326 career points, 158 rebounds, 65 assists and 54 steals.
Read more about Loupos and Wynn with this feature story.