Navy Men's Basketball Announces Television Schedule
Oct. 6, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Naval Academy Athletic Association and the Navy men's basketball team have announced that games with Penn on Dec. 4, and Army on Jan. 23, will be aired by the CBS College Sports Network, bringing the total number of games televised this upcoming year to five.
Navy will first appear on CBS College Sports on Dec. 4, with a battle against Ivy League rival, Penn, at Alumni Hall. The Mids and Quakers have played 80 times overall in a series that dates all the way back to 1907. The 80 all-time meetings are the second most against any one opponent behind the 108 contests played all-time against Army. While Penn leads the series, 57-23, Navy won last year's meeting in The Palestra, 76-65, Navy's first win in The Palestra against Penn since 1959. Navy hasn't defeated Penn in Annapolis since 1988, a span of three games.
Navy's next telecast will actually come in the next game, as MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) will carry both games of the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6. Navy will take on George Washington at 5:00 pm and will be followed by Villanova and Maryland. This marks the second straight year that Navy will play in the BB&T Classic, as it lost to ACC power Virginia Tech, 79-70, a year ago. Navy and George Washington will meet for the first time since 1983.
The Mids last three appearances on the tube will come on CBS College Sports in Patriot League play. The Mids will host Lehigh on Thursday, Jan. 14, beginning at 7:00 pm. The contest will be a key early-season league battle from Alumni Hall between two title contenders. The Mids own a 43-16 all-time series lead with Lehigh, with both teams winning on each other's home court a year ago.
Navy's next two appearances will come against the Black Knights on Army. CBS College Sports will carry the contest from Alumni Hall on Jan. 23, beginning at noon, then will carry the annual Star Game to a national-television audience for the first time ever on Feb. 20, from West Point, N.Y., starting at 2:00 pm. Navy leads the all-time series, 68-42, with the two teams splitting the last six years. Army has won the year's first meeting in each of the last six years, while Navy has won the Star Game meeting in seven straight seasons.
The Patriot League also has a "flex" game built in with CBS College Sports, and it is possible that Navy's game at Colgate on Feb. 27, could be picked up by the network. In addition, CBS College Sports also has the rights to one Patriot League Quarterfinal and one Patriot League Semifinal Tournament game on March 3 and 7, respectively.
Navy will open the season on Nov. 13, at Radford, while its home opener comes on Thursday, Nov. 19, against Buffalo. Season tickets are now available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by visiting www.NavySports.com(.) As an added incentive, all fans that purchase a season-ticket package will receive an Academy parking pass to park on the Yard on game days.
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