Navy Men's Basketball Releases Non-Conference Slate
The Navy men's basketball team will play four non-conference home games in 2013-14.
July 22, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Four home games, including a three-game homestand surrounding Thanksgiving, highlight the 2013-14 Navy men's basketball non-conference schedule head coach Ed DeChellis announced today. The Mids will tip off their season on November 8 at Towson, opening the Tigers' new facility, Tiger Arena.
The Mids' schedule features several local rivalries including Virginia, UMBC, UMES and Towson, while completing home-and-home series with Binghamton, Bryant and Northern Kentucky. Navy will begin a series with The Citadel this season.
"We are excited about our non-conference schedule and feel that it is a good mix of teams on it. Several of the teams had strong campaigns a year ago and are improving, so it will be another challenging slate for us," said Navy's third-year head coach Ed DeChellis. "This will provide us an excellent opportunity to see where we stand heading into league play and will prepare us for the challeges the Patriot League provides."
Season single-game tickets will be available for purchase at www.NavySports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY in the coming weeks.
Below is a team-by-team breakdown of the non-conference foes:
Friday, Nov. 8 | Towson, Md. | Tiger Arena
2012-13 Record: 18-13
Series vs. Towson: Towson leads, 7-4
Last meeting: Nov. 24, 2011 (Navy, 89-84)
Streak: Navy, win-2
On the Tigers: One of the nation's most improved teams, the Tigers tied an NCAA record for single-season win-improvement after winning 17 more games than the previous year (one win in 2011-12; 18 in 2012-13) ... Tigers should be among the favorites in the CAA this year ... Towson returns preseason All-America candidate Jerrelle Benimon, who averaged 17.1 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game a year ago en route to Honorable Mention All-America accolades ... in the previous meeting, then-freshman J.J. Avila scored 31 points off the bench, tied for the second-most points by a Navy freshman in school history ... Navy's .364 winning percentage (4-7 record) against the Tigers is the fifth-lowest winning percentage against one opponent (min. 10 meetings).
Saint Francis, Pa.
Monday, Nov. 11 | Johnstown, Pa. | Johnstown War Memorial
2012-13 Record: 5-24
Series vs. Saint Francis, Pa.: Navy leads, 2-1
Streak: Navy, win-1
Last meeting: Feb. 28, 1980 (Navy, 75-62)
On the Red Flash: Will be one of the nation's youngest teams in 2013-14, with no seniors on the roster ... two freshman earned all-NEC Rookie Team honors and rising junior Earl Brown was named the Northeast Conference's most-improved player ... the last meeting between the two teams came in the 1980 ECAC Tournament, a 75-62 Navy victory ... Brown is the top-returning leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game after 2012-13 leading scorer Umar Shannon transferred to Quinnipiac.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 | Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall
2012-13 Record: 6-18 (D-III)
Series vs. Goucher: First Meeting
On the Gophers: Will be the first meeting between the two squads ... the home opener marks the third straight year it will come against a Division III squad ... rising junior Richard Harris led the team in scoring last year (13.0 ppg), the only player to average more than 8.0 points per game ... last year's roster featured just two seniors and two juniors.
Saturday, Nov. 16 | Binghamton, N.Y. | Events Center
2012-13 Record: 3-27
Series vs. Binghamton: Navy leads, 1-0
Streak: Navy, win-1
Last meeting: Nov. 14, 2012 (Navy, 75-52)
On the Bearcats: Navy is returning its game to Binghamton after topping the Bearcats last year, 75-52 ... then-Navy freshman Tilman Dunbar tied a Navy-freshman record with 11 assists to go along with 16 points ... rising sophomore Jordan Reed averaged 16.6 points per game and 9.5 rebounds for Binghamton last year, earning Mid-Major Freshman All-America honors ... Reed was fourth among freshman nationally in scoring and second in rebounding, despite standing just 6-4 ... Navy's 23-point win last tear was the largest against a non-conference Division I foe since 76-51 win over Md.-Eastern Shore on Nov. 25, 2008.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 | Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena
2012-13 Record: 23-12
Series vs. Virginia: Navy leads, 32-12
Streak: Virginia, win-6
Last meeting: Feb. 16, 1974 (Virginia, 91-72)
On the Cavaliers: This will be the first meeting in almost 40 years between two schools that sit just 150 miles apart ... Navy started the series by winning 30 of the first 34 games from 1910 to 1963, but is just 2-8 in last 10 games since ... Virginia reached the round of 16 in last year's NIT Tournament ... rising senior Joe Harris led the Cavs in scoring (16.6 ppg) en route to being named all-ACC first team by the coaches ... rising senior Akil Mitchell also averaged 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game ... in a 1953 meeting with the Wahoos, Don Lange scored 39 points and grabbed 27 rebounds for a Pts-Reb-Ast total of 66, the third-best mark in school history. His 27 rebounds were the third most in school history. John Clune also added 27 points, giving the duo 66 points, the most by a Navy pair in school history ... the contest will mark the first game against an ACC opponent since taking on Virginia Tech in the 2008 BB&T Classic, a 79-70 setback.
Saturday, Nov. 23 | Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall
Monday, Dec. 30 | Baltimore, Md. | RAC Arena
2012-13 Record: 8-23
Series vs. UMBC: Navy leads, 8-4
Streak: UMBC, win-3
Last meeting: Jan. 3, 2006 (UMBC, 95-82)
On the Retrievers: UMBC went 8-23 a year ago and welcomes back two rising seniors that averaged at least 9.9 points per game ... UMBC's eight wins were the most since winning 15 games in the 2008-09 season ... this year's Retrievers' roster will have seven freshman ... UMBC has won three games in a row against the Midshipmen by a combined 31 points ... in the last meeting, a 95-82 UMBC win, the Retrievers' 29 assists were the third most by a team against Navy in school history. Jay Greene, now the director of basketball operations at UMBC, led the way with 13 assists.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 | Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall
2012-13 Record: 2-26
Series vs. UMES: Navy leads, 5-4
Streak: UMES, win-3
Last meeting: Nov. 30, 2011 (UMES, 59-46)
On the Hawks: UMES posted a 2-26 record last year and return five of its top six scorers, all of which averaged at least 5.4 points per game, including rising sophomore Kyree Jones at 13.3 ppg ... the Hawks finished second-to-last nationally in field goal percentage a year ago (.358) ... UMES has won the last three meetings by a combined 29 points ... UMES' 23 offensive rebounds in the 2010-11 meeting were the third most against a Navy since offensive rebounds started being kept in 1987 ... Navy's 38 three-point attempts, also in the 2010-11 meeting, were the third most in school history.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall
2012-13 Record: 8-22
Series vs. The Citadel: Navy leads, 5-4
Streak: Navy, win-1
Last meeting: Dec. 31, 2005 (Navy, 84-70)
On the Bulldogs: The Bulldogs went 8-22 a year ago, but shot an impressive 45.3 percent from the field, a total that ranked 74th nationally ... it was the best percentage nationally for a team with a losing record ... The Citadel will return two players that averaged in double figures (Matt Van Scoyoc -- 11.1 PPG; P.J. Horgan -- 10.7 PPG) ... Navy went 12-of-12 from the free throw line vs. The Citadel on Dec. 29, 1973, the most free throws made without a miss in school history ... Navy's two assists vs. The Citadel on Nov. 29, 2001, were the fewest in school history ... Greg Sprink scored 31 points in the team's last meeting on Dec. 31, 2005, an 84-70 Navy victory.
Saturday, Dec. 14 | Providence, R.I. | Chace Athletic Center
2012-13 Record: 19-11
Series vs. Bryant: Navy leads, 1-0
Streak: Navy, win-1
Last meeting: Dec. 10, 2012 (Navy, 69-59)
On the Bulldogs: Bryant tied Towson for the NCAA's greatest single-season win improvement, winning 17 more games in 2012-13 (19) than in 2011-12 (2) ... The Bulldogs will return three of their top four scorers, including rising junior Dyami Starks (fourth in the NEC at 17.7 PPG) ... the Bulldogs ranked 11th in the country in field goal percentage (.480) and 35th in scoring (74.0 PPG) ... Navy shot 68.4 percent in the second half of last year's meeting with Bryant, the highest shooting percentage in a half during the DeChellis era.
Saturday, Dec. 21 | Highland Heights, Ky. | Bank of Kentucky Center
2012-13 Record: 11-16
Series vs. NKU: NKU leads, 1-0
Streak: NKU, win-1
Last meeting: Dec. 22, 2012 (NKU, 55-46)
On the Norse: NKU went 11-16 in its first D-I season a year ago, but returns just three of its top eight scorers from last year's squad ... The Norse's 2013-14 schedule includes Purdue, Kentucky, Morehead State, North Carolina and Sweet 16 darling Florida Gulf Coast in Atlantic Sun play ... Navy led by as many as nine during the first half of last year's meeting, but NKU used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to pull away for a nine-point victory ... Navy shot just 37.3 percent from the field and was outrebounded, 35-20.
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