Navy Men's Basketball Opens Season Friday at Alumni Hall
Tilman Dunbar had nine points, five assists and four rebounds in the exhibition game against Slippery Rock last weekend.
Nov. 8, 2012
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Marymount (0-0) at Navy (0-0)
Friday, November 9, 2012
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710) | 7:00 PM (ET)
All-Access Video: NavySports.com ($9.95 / month)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM / www.wnav.com)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst (play-by-play), Michael Heary (analyst)
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY / NavySports.com
Series: First Meeting
Meet the Mids: Presented by Annapolis Area Chick-fil-A, Papa Johns and Naval Bagels - Free t-shirts to the first 100 kids in attendance & post-game autograph session with the entire team.
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker affixed to their vehicle will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5 per vehicle).
Season-ticket holders are able to park on The Yard, as they should have received a pass from the Naval Academy for entry onto campus.
Friday's Game Basics
The 2012-13 edition of the Navy men's basketball team tips off its season on Friday night when it hosts Marymount University at Alumni Hall, beginning at 7:00 PM (ET), in the season opener for both teams. The Midshipmen, under the leadership of second-year head coach Ed DeChellis, are coming off a 79-56 setback against Slippery Rock last Sunday in the team's lone exhibition contest. The Midshipmen enter the season as one of America's youngest teams with just four juniors and no seniors on its 17-man roster. Friday's contest will be aired by WNAV Radio (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com) and will be streamed online on NavySports.com as part of the Navy All-Access package. Live stats and Twitter updates (@NavyAthletics) will also be available.
This is the 106th season of Navy Basketball. The Mids have played 2,239 games, owning a 1,298-941 record (.580).
Navy enters the 2012-13 season as one of America's youngest teams. Navy's 17 players on the preseason roster have just 13 years of collegiate experience, an average of 0.76 years per player to rank third on the list. Cal State Northridge (0.65) has 17 players with 11 years of experience and Dartmouth (0.73) has 15 players with 11 years of experience. Experience is considered as post high/prep school.
In addition, Navy joins Wright State as the only teams in America without a senior on either its men's or women's basketball rosters.
Navy was picked eighth in the preseason Patriot League poll in voting done by the league coaches and sports information directors.
Navy enters the 2012-13 season having made a three-pointer in 274 consecutive games.
Navy had 11 players score in double figures at least once last year. Seven of the players return for the 2012-13 season.
Navy allowed its opponents to average 66.2 points per game last year, the fewest since the 2006-07 team allowed just 62.7 points per game. It was the fourth-lowest average since 2000.
A year ago, Navy went 2-13 in games decided by single-digits and lost another one by 11 points in overtime. Navy was 0-8 in games decided by six or fewer points. Four times, an opponent hit a shot in the last five seconds to win or force overtime.
Navy's 57.9 points per game average was the second-lowest average since the 1951-52 season (2004; 56.2 ppg).
Navy does not return an 8.0-point per game scorer for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
Navy held eight opponents to 59 or fewer points last year, but went just 2-6 in those games. Just two opponents, Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament, and Missouri, surpassed the 80-point plateau a year ago.
Navy's four point guards (Brennan Wyatt, Earl McLaurin, Kevin Alter and Tilman Dunbar) boast an average height of just 5-8.75.
Of Navy's seven freshmen on this year's roster, six of them are within a five-hour drive of Annapolis. The lone exception is Kendall Knorr, who graduated from Concord, N.C., a seven-hour drive right outside of Charlotte.
One thing to keep an eye on this year -- Navy last started three freshmen in a game on Dec. 30, 2010, against LIU Brooklyn (Avila, Liebert, Wyatt). Navy has never started four freshmen in a contest.
Navy In Season Openers
Navy owns a brilliant 77-28 (.733) record on opening day, but is just 4-9 (.308) since the 1999-00 opener and 8-13 (.381) in openers since the 1991-92 season, the year Navy joined the Patriot League.
Prior to Navy joining the Patriot League, the Midshipmen went 69-15 (.821) in 84 season openers.
Navy snapped a three-game skid in season openers with last year's 78-70 victory over Longwood. Navy had lost the previous three openers to Texas (2011; 83-52), Radford (2010; 76-65) and Towson (2009; 86-68).
Navy is hoping to ride new head coach Ed DeChellis' streak in season openers, as the second-year coach has won seven straight season openers and is 12-4 (.750) in 16 previous season openers. He went 5-2 in seven openers at East Tennessee State, 6-2 in eight openers at Penn State and is now 1-0 at Navy. His teams have held opponents to 61 points or less in nine of his last 12 season openers.
DeChellis is looking to become the first Navy coach to win his first two season openers since Ben Carnevale in 1946-47 and 1947-48.
Marymount returns four starters from last year's team that went 6-19 overall and 2-14 in the CAC (Capital Athletic Conference, D-III). The Saints started the year 3-5 overall, but went just 3-14 in their last 17 games a year ago.
The Saints return its top four scorers and 10 of their top 13 point producers from a year ago.
The Saints are a young squad with just one senior and one junior listed on its roster. Its top returning scorer, Jesse Konadu, averaged 13.8 points per outing as a freshman a year ago. In addition, sophomore Antonio Rouse averaged 10.8 points per contest as a freshman.
Head coach Chris Rogers, now in his fourth year at Marymount, graduated from Penn State in 1997 and letterwinner on the Nittany Lions basketball team. One of his backcourt mates was current Navy associate head coach Dan Earl. The duo helped Penn State to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Ed DeChellis was an assistant coach at Penn State while Rogers played.
Current Navy assistant coach Aaron Goodman was on the coaching staff at Marymount from 2001-06.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools. Navy has only played one game against the Capital Athletic Conference (Division III), resulting in a 84-59 decision over St. Mary's, Md., on Dec. 5, 1995.
All Saints Weekend
Navy will play back-to-back games this weekend against teams with the nickname Saints, as both Marymount and Siena own that nickname. We are pretty sure its the first time in school history that Navy has played teams in back-to-back games with that nickname (Saints), but its not the first time that Navy has played two different opponents in back-to-back games with the same nickname. You only have to go back to the 2009-10 season when Navy faced off against Bison (Howard and Bucknell) in back-to-back games.
Technically, Navy played back-to-back games against the same nickname in the final two games of last year as well, but both of those games came against Bucknell (Bison).
Navy owns a 175-113 (.608) record in Alumni Hall in its 22nd season at Alumni Hall. Navy will play its 300th game in the facility on Feb. 16 when it hosts rival Army in the annual Star Game.
Navy is 136-146 (.482) all-time in its 22nd season in the Patriot League. The Mids are 76-60 (.559) at Alumni Hall and 60-81 (.426) on the road in Patriot League action. Navy is 1-4 in games played in Halsey Field House (1992 and 1993) in Patriot League play.
The Midshipmen are 13-18 (.419) in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy is 1-9 on the road (.100) and 9-2 at home (.818).
Navy has won three Patriot League Tournament championships (1994, `97, `98) and five regular-season crowns (1994, `96, `97, `98, 2000).
Alumni Hall has sold out nine times, all coming against Army, including in each of the last five years. Navy is 7-2 in Alumni Hall sellouts.
Since its opening in the 1991-92 season, six Navy players have scored 1,000 career points. All six scored the milestone point in Alumni Hall.
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