Navy Announces 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy men's basketball head coach Ed DeChellis has announced the program's 2017-18 schedule. Navy's 31-game schedule will feature 13 non-conference contests and 18 Patriot League games. In non-conference play, Navy will play five home games in Alumni Hall, six road games and two neutral-site games. The Patriot League schedule is split into nine home games and nine away games against each of the other nine conference members.
"It will be a very challenging non-conference schedule, as we will open the season with two straight ACC opponents in Pitt and Miami, and it's a road-heavy schedule," said DeChellis. "But we have a veteran team returning and we will be up for the challenge. Our non-conference schedule will prepare us for playing on the road in the Patriot League."
Navy's non-conference highlights include opening the season with two ACC opponents (Pitt and Miami) and a three-game tournament at Florida Gulf Coast over Thanksgiving weekend. In addition to hosting Pitt in the 2017 Veterans Classic, Navy will welcome Delaware, Lipscomb, Morgan State and Washington College to Alumni Hall during the non-conference season.
For the fourth straight year, Navy will open the season by hosting the Veterans Classic doubleheader at Alumni Hall. Alabama (19-15, 10-8 SEC) will face Memphis (19-13, 9-9 AAC) in the opener at 6:30 PM on Friday, Nov. 10, while Navy and Pitt (16-17, 4-14 ACC) will play the second game of the doubleheader at 9:00 PM.
"We are very excited about the Veterans Classic field," said DeChellis. "It's great to be able to host an ACC opponent, and we are also happy to have programs from the SEC and the American Athletic Conference."
Navy is 13-8 all-time against Pitt. The two teams last met in back-to-back seasons in the 1990s. Navy defeated Pitt in Alumni Hall on Nov. 26, 1996, 60-49, while Pitt defeated Navy in Pittsburgh on Dec. 18, 1997, 65-63.
Navy will have a quick turnaround after the Veterans Classic, traveling to Coral Gables, Florida to play Miami (21-12, 10-8 ACC) on Sunday, Nov. 12. Miami was a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season. Navy defeated Miami, 78-62, in the only other meeting in the series on Feb. 7, 1987. David Robinson scored 25 points with 13 rebounds and four blocked shots in the Navy win.
It will be the first time that Navy has played two ACC opponents in the same year since 1997-98 (20 years ago) when the Mids opened the season at Wake Forest and then faced North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
Navy will resume its series with Penn (13-15, 6-8 Ivy) at the Palestra, Penn's historic arena, on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Navy and Penn are meeting for the fourth straight season. Navy has won two of the three meetings, winning at the Palestra in 2015, 65-59, and winning in Annapolis last season, 70-68. The two programs will be meeting for the 85th time in series history and Penn holds a 58-26 advantage.
The Mids will play a third straight road game in a third different state in a seven-day span when playing at Bryant (12-20, 9-9 Northeast) in Rhode Island on Saturday, Nov. 18. Navy is 2-1 all-time against Bryant and the Mids rallied from a 25-point deficit to defeat the Bulldogs in Annapolis last season, 76-74.
Navy will host Division III Washington College (Md.) for the second straight season on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Former Navy assistant Aaron Goodman is in his third season as the head coach at Washington (7-18, 3-15 Centennial). Navy is 12-2 all-time against the Shoremen and posted a 74-47 win last season.
For the third straight year, Navy will head south for a three-game, three-day multi-team event. Florida Gulf Coast (26-8, 12-2 Atlantic Sun) will host the event in Alico Arena from Nov. 24-26. The Eagles went to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the past five years in 2016-17 and were a No. 14 seed. The full tournament field and schedule will be announced at a later date.
Navy will return from Florida to host Delaware (13-20, 5-13 CAA) on Friday, Dec. 1. Navy is 22-8 all-time against Delaware and the teams will meet for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
Navy will then host a second home game of the weekend, facing Morgan State (14-16, 11-5 MEAC) on Sunday, Dec. 3. Navy is 2-0 all-time against Morgan State and the teams last met in 2005-06.
Navy will face a second straight Baltimore school on Wednesday, Dec. 6 when traveling to Coppin State (8-24, 7-9 MEAC). The all-time series between Navy and Coppin State is even at 1-1 and the teams are playing for the first time since 2010-11.
The Mids will travel to New York City to play Columbia (11-16, 5-9 Ivy) on Sunday, Dec. 10. Navy defeated Columbia last season in Annapolis, 69-54. The Lions hold a slight lead in the all-time series at 19-17.
Navy will host Lipscomb (20-13, 11-3 Atlantic Sun) on Thursday, Dec. 21 in its final non-conference game of the season. The Mids and the Bison will be meeting for the first time in series history.
Navy will open its 27th season of Patriot League play on Friday, Dec. 29 at Loyola (16-17, 8-10). The teams will not meet again until the regular season finale in Annapolis on Saturday, Feb. 24. Navy swept the season series against Loyola for the third straight year in 2016-17.
Navy will host Lehigh (20-12, 12-6) on Tuesday, Jan. 2 and the Mids will play at the Mountain Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 27. Lehigh was the Patriot League Tournament runner-up last season. Navy and Lehigh split the 2016-17 season series, each winning on its own home court.
American (8-22, 5-13) will come to Annapolis on Friday, Jan. 5 and the Mids will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Navy and American split the season series last year, and Navy won at American for the first time since 2008.
Navy will play at Colgate (10-22, 8-10) on Monday, Jan. 8 and the Raiders will play at Navy on Saturday, Feb. 3. Navy and Colgate split the season series in 2016-17.
The Mids will host Holy Cross (15-17, 9-9) on Thursday, Jan. 11 and the Mids will play at the Crusaders on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Navy and Holy Cross split the regular season series last year, and then Navy defeated Holy Cross in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals, 49-42.
Navy will host the first Army-Navy game of the season on Sunday, Jan. 14 and Navy will play at Army West Point (13-19, 6-12) in the Army-Navy Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 10. Navy defeated Army in overtime in the first meeting last season, 98-80, while Army won the Star Game, 71-68. Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 78-49.
The Army-Navy Men's Basketball Star Game is a part of the 2017-18 Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA.
Navy and Lafayette (9-21, 5-13) will meet in Easton, Pa. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and the teams will play in Annapolis on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Navy swept Lafayette for the second straight season last year.
Navy will host Boston U. (18-14, 12-6) on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Mids will play at Boston U. on Saturday, Feb. 17. Boston tied for second place in the Patriot League standings last season. Each team won on the others' home court last year.
Navy will host Bucknell on Wednesday, Jan. 24 and the Mids will play at the Bison on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Bucknell (26-9, 15-3) was the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament Champion in 2016-17. The Bison were a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and fell to No. 4 West Virginia in the NCAA First Round, 86-80. Bucknell defeated Navy three times last season, twice in the regular season and also in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals, 70-65.
The 2017 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament will begin with the first round on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The quarterfinals will be Thursday, March 1 and the semifinals will be Sunday, March 4. The tournament final will be played Wednesday, March 7. All games will be played on the campus site of the higher seed.
Navy was 16-16 overall in 2016-17 and 10-8 in the Patriot League. The Mids advanced to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2001. Navy returns its top five scorers from last season in senior guard Shawn Anderson, senior guard Bryce Dulin, junior point guard Hasan Abdullah, junior forward George Kiernan and senior forward Tom Lacey.
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Navy men's and women's basketball season tickets will go on sale on August 22. Veterans Classic tickets are already on sale.