Alabama-Memphis, Navy-Pitt Veterans Classic Doubleheader Set for Friday
Nov. 8, 2017
2017 Veterans Classic
No. 25 Alabama (0-0) vs. Memphis (0-0)
Friday, November 10, 2017 | 6:30 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: Sirius 138, XM 201, 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV
Alabama Game Notes | Memphis Game Notes | Live Statistics
Pitt (0-0) at Navy (0-0)
Friday, November 10, 2017 | 9:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: Sirius 138, XM 201, 1090 AM WBAL, 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV
Navy Game Notes | Pitt Game Notes | Live Statistics
Parking / Shuttle Information
All fans attending the Veterans Classic are encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Fans can enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. and pay $5 for parking. The shuttle is free and the pick up and drop off spot is in front of the Blue Angel plane. The shuttle will run from 4:30 PM to midnight. Fans ages 18 and over need photo ID to enter the Academy. Parking at the stadium is the best option for fans attending the game. Due to Naval Academy security restrictions, the general public cannot drive their vehicles on to the Yard. The pedestrian entries at Gate 1, Gate 3 and Gate 8, will be open throughout the evening. For fans that walk on to the Yard, or for fans who do have the proper Department of Defense credentials and can drive on the Yard, there will be shuttles going around the Yard to pick up fans and drop them off at Alumni Hall. Fans ages 18 and over need photo ID to enter the Academy.
Setting the Stage
The Navy men's basketball program will open the 2017-18 season by hosting the fourth annual Veterans Classic in Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday. Memphis will play #25 Alabama in the opener at 6:30 PM and Navy will host Pittsburgh in the nightcap at 9:00 PM. This year's edition will be played on the observed Veterans Day Federal Holiday.
Both games of the Veterans Classic doubleheader will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Tom McCarthy (pxp), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Jon Rothstein (sideline) serving as the broadcast team. There will also be the Inside College Basketball pregame show on CBS Sports Network at 6:00 PM prior to the first contest, which will include footage of the All-Access tours that the three visiting teams will receive on Thursday as they experience a day in the life of a midshipman. The pregame show, which will also have live halftime and postgame hits later in the evening from Alumni Hall, will be hosted on-site by Dana Jacobson and Wally Szczerbiak.
The Navy basketball radio network will air both games on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis with Pete Medhurst (pxp) and Michael Heary (analyst) returning for another season of action. The Navy-Pitt game will also air on WBAL 1090 AM in Baltimore. Both games of the doubleheader will air nationally on satellite radio (Sirius 138, XM 201 and Ch. 961 on the SiriusXM app).
Ed DeChellis enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Navy men's basketball program and his 22nd season overall as a head coach.
Navy is opening its 110th season of varsity men's basketball by hosting the fourth annual Veterans Classic.
Navy returns four starters and its top five scorers from a team that went 16-16 overall last season and placed fourth in the Patriot League at 10-8.
Navy returns 82 percent of its scoring, 73 percent of its rebounding and 87 percent of its assists from last season.
Navy advanced to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals last year for the first time since 2001.
Navy has increased its conference win total for five straight years under DeChellis.
Navy was picked third in the Patriot League Preseason Poll and senior Shawn Anderson was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
Navy will three seniors in its starting lineup this season in Anderson, Bryce Dulin and Tom Lacey.
Anderson was an All-Patriot League Second-Team honoree last season and is the first returning all-conference player in the DeChellis era.
Anderson, Navy's captain, averaged a team-best 12.2 points last year and he enters his senior year with 932 career points.
Dulin ranked second on the team in scoring last season with 9.3 points per game. He was also named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team last year.
Dulin shot .413 on 3-pointers last season, the sixth highest singles season mark at Navy.
Lacey averaged 7.6 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds. He had 100 offensive rebounds in 2017-18 and led the Patriot League with an average of 3.1.
Lacey's 100 offensive rebounds were the second most at Navy in a season (behind only David Robinson) since the statistic was first tracked in 1987.
Junior point guard Hasan Abdullah averaged 8.8 points and led Navy in assists (3.3), steals (1.9), total 3-pointers made (48) and minutes played (28.4).
Abdullah's 60 ranked as the fifth-best single season total at Navy and the most ever by a sophomore.
Junior forward George Kiernan averaged 8.6 points off the bench last season.
Sophomore Evan Wieck made 12 starts last year at the center position.
Senior Nourse Fox and junior Ryan Pearson also return to Navy's backcourt this season.
Navy ranked 25th in the NCAA in scoring defense last season at 64.2 points allowed per game. It was the second straight season Navy ranked in the Top 25 in the NCAA in scoring defense.
Navy led the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game last season at 13.3.
Navy will open the season against two ACC opponents in Pittsburgh and Miami. 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 closed the season against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
Pittsburgh was 16-17 overall last season and 4-14 in the ACC.
The Panthers return just three players who saw action in 2016-17.
Pitt was picked 15th out of 15 teams in the ACC Preseason Poll.
Kevin Stallings enters his second season as the head coach of Pittsburgh, after spending 17 years at Vanderbilt as the head coach.
Senior forward Ryan Luther is Pitt's leading returning scorer at 5.7 points, while senior Jonathan Milligan averaged 2.2 points in 27 games.
Freshman guard Marcus Carr and junior transfer guard/forward Jared Wilson-Frame are expected to be impact newcomers.
Navy's Shawn Anderson and Luther were high school rivals in Western Pennsylvania. Anderson played for New Castle and Luther played for Hampton. Anderson and New Castle defeated Luther and Hampton in back-to-back WPIAL Basketball Championship games in 2012 and 2013.
Paul Evans served as the head coach of both Navy and Pitt. Evans coached at Navy from 1981-1986 and led Navy to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 1985 and 1986, including the Elite Eight in 1986 in David Robinson's junior season. Evans had an overall record of 119-60 at Navy. Evans took the Pitt head job following the 1985-86 season and coached the Panthers for eight seasons, amassing a record of 147-98. He took the Panthers to five NCAA Tournaments. Evans is scheduled to attend the Veterans Classic this season.
Series History vs. Pittsburgh
Navy and Pitt will be meeting for the 22nd time in program history and for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Navy holds a 13-8 lead in the all-time series.
Navy and Pitt played in back-to-back years during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Navy defeated Pitt in Annapolis, 60-49, on Nov. 26, 1996. Pitt edged Navy the next season in Pittsburgh, 65-63, on Dec. 18, 1997.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis is 0-3 all-time against Pitt. He faced the Panthers three times as the head coach of Penn State.
Friday will be the first time Navy has played an ACC opponent since playing at Notre Dame in the 2014-15 season.
The Navy-Pitt series began in 1932.
Looking Ahead: Mids at Miami on Sunday
Navy will have a quick turnaround in playing its next game at No. 13/12 Miami on Sunday at 4:00 PM.
Navy will fly to Florida on Saturday morning, just hours after the Navy-Pitt game ends on Friday night.
The Navy-Miami game will be broadcast by ACC Network Extra and will be available on ESPN3.com.
The Miami game will be Navy's second straight contest against an ACC Tournament and it will mark the first time since 1997-98 that Navy is playing two ACC opponents in the same season (Wake Forest and North Carolina).