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Navy Men's Basketball Preseason Notebook

Nov. 2, 2010

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 2010-11 Navy men's basketball team gets its season underway on Monday, Nov. 8, at Texas in the 2KSports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The game will be televised by ESPNU, beginning at 9:00 pm (ET).

Preseason Prognostications
• In each of the last four seasons, despite returning at least threestarters in each of the years, Navy has been selected sixth or lower in all four years, including an average of being picked sixth this season.
• In the previous six years under Lange, the Mids have been been picked sixth or lower in all six seasons. In five of the six years, Navy finished higher than its preseason spot.
• Four different teams in the league were picked to finish first and six teams have been selected to finish in the top half of the league standings, showing off that once again, the Patriot League could be one of the most competitive leagues in the country.
Jordan Sugars was named to the preseason all-Patriot League team by Athlon's, Rivals.com, RushTheCourt.net and the Patriot League. O.J. Avworo was named the Best Playmaker by Lindy's.


 

 

Mids Among The Best
• Navy's basketball resurgence showcased itself yet again in 2010 as Navy finished with a 13-17 overall record and finished the Patriot League slate with a 7-7 mark and tied for fourth in the league standings.
• Navy is one of two Patriot League teams (American is the other) to finish in the top half of the league standings in each of the last three years.
• Over the last three years, Navy has posted a 48-42 (.533) overall record and is 24-18 (.571) in the Patriot League. In addition, the Mids own a 30-13 (.698) mark at Alumni Hall during that span.
• Navy and Lehigh are the only schools in the Patriot League in the last three years to have won at least 13 games in each of the last three seasons.

Under Lange, Navy Is ...
... 51-10 (.836) when shooting a higher percentage than its foe.
... 50-10 (.833) when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
... 65-27 (.707) when scoring at least 70 points in a game.
... 44-18 (.707) when shooting better than 42 percent in a game.
... 27-12 (.692) when having four players in double figures.
... 50-23 (.685) when the opponent shoots under 42 percent.
... 54-25 (.684) when leading at halftime.
... 27-13 (.675) at Alumni Hall against non-conference opponents.
... 53-30 (.639) when holding opponent to 69 points or less.
... 48-31 (.608) when opponent has more turnovers.
... 17-11 (.607) in games decided by three points or less.
... 27-19 (.587) when it makes 10 or more three-pointers.
... 49-35 (.583) in all games at Alumni Hall.
... 22-29 (.431) in January games.
... 29-56 (.341) in all road games.
... 37-77 (.325) in games that Navy shoots under 42 percent.
... 28-82 (.255) when opponent has more free throw attempts.
... 16-68 (.190) when scoring 69 points or less.

Experience Matters
• Despite losing three-time all-Patriot League performer Chris Harris to graduation, Navy is still one of the most-experienced teams in the league.
• Navy will return 243 career starts, including 203 career starts by seniors O.J. Avworo (82), Romeo Garcia (63), Mark Veazey (57) and Greg Brown (1). Other returning starts come from Jordan Sugars (29) and Ted Connolly (1).
• Navy boasted four of the top seven (Jordan Sugars, Chris Harris, O.J. Avworo and Romeo Garcia) in minutes played per game.

The Ironman
• Lost in the remarkable year that Jordan Sugars had as a sophomore in 2009-10 was the fact that Sugars led the Patriot League in minutes played. Sugars led the league with a 35.5 mpg average for the entire season. In league play only, his average bumped up to 36.4 mpg.
• Sugars played at least 40 minutes in six games last year, including in each of the last four games. The only break he got in the last four games of the year came on Senior Night against American as he came off the bench to start the game. Following the first media timeout, Sugars played the remaining 46 minutes against the Eagles.
• In the last four games, Sugars played 166 of a possible 170 minutes, or 97.6 percent of the possible minutes played.

Navy to Face Tough Schedule in 2010-11
• The 2010-11 edition of the Navy basketball schedule is a balanced schedule that could be among the best the staff has put together.
• Navy will open at Texas in the 2KSports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The Mids will also face off against UC Irvine, Louisiana Tech and Seattle in the tournament.
• Navy will also square off against strong teams in Buffalo, George Washington, Mount St. Mary's, Mercer, Long Island and against local rivals Towson, UMES and Coppin State.
• Navy will have just two home games in its first 12 contests of the season, before concluding non-conference play with four straight home games. Navy's league opener will come on Jan. 8 against Bucknell in Alumni Hall on CBS College Sports.

Paulus to Join Navy Sidelines
• Former Duke standout point guard Greg Paulus was hired in early August to replace Joe Burke, who took the head coaching job at Skidmore College.
• Paulus lettered four years at Duke as its starting point guard, before heading to Syracuse to play quarterback on the Orange football team for a year.
• Paulus will be highly instrumental in the development of Navy's guard play and will be able to relate to Navy's young players and recruiting efforts.

Fans to See Upgrades to Alumni Hall
• When Navy fans enter Alumni Hall for the 2010-11 opener against Neumann University, they will see quite a few changes awaiting them in the 20-year old facility.
• The old Dave Smalley Court was redesigned and refurbished, giving Alumni Hall essentially a new playing surface.
• New media tables were ordered and will line press row and the scorers' tables.
• New banners will hang in the overpass above the tunnels where the Midshipmen run onto the floor.
• Lastly, Navy will wear new uniforms this year called Spartacus (based on the Michigan State design), sponsored by Nike. The uniforms are similar to what the nation's top teams are currently wearing (loose shorts, tight tops). Navy had worn its previous uniform style for the last four seasons.

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