Navy Begins Four-Game Roadtrip Sunday at UAB
Thurgood Wynn scored 11 points with nine rebounds in the win over Binghamton on Wednesday night.
Nov. 16, 2012
Navy (2-1) at UAB (1-1)
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Birmingham, Ala. | Bartow Arena (8,508) | 4:00 PM (ET)
All-Access Video: NavySports.com via BlazerVision ($9.95 / month)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM / www.wnav.com)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst (play-by-play)
Tickets: Available at Bartow Arena
Series: UAB leads, 1-0 (Dec. 18, 1982; UAB, 71-57)
Sunday's Game Basics
Navy (2-1) looks to continue its forward momentum on Sunday as it takes to the road for the first time in 2012-13 when it travels to Birmingham, Ala., to face UAB (1-1) at 4:00 PM (ET). The contest will be available on the radio dial on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com) with Pete Medhurst providing the call courtside. It will also be streamed online as part of the BlazerVision All-Access platform ($9.95 / month) and live stats and Twitter (@NavyAthletics) updates will be available. All links are available on NavySports.com(.)
Navy Reaches Milestone Win
Navy won its 1,300th game in Wednesday's 75-52 win over Binghamton. Now in its 106th year of basketball, the Mids have played 2,242 games, owning a 1,300-942 record (.580).
Between victories 1,200 and 1,300, Navy posted a 100-160 record. Navy's 1,200th victory came on Dec. 18, 2003, a 95-66 triumph over Washington College, Md.
UAB enters Sunday's contest with a 1-1 record and is coming off a 77-60 loss at No. 13-ranked Creighton. The Blazers actually led the Jays, 45-35, with 17:07 to play, before a 42-15 run the rest of the way paved the way for victory for Creighton. The Blazers held preseason Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott to just five points and seven rebounds.
UAB boasts eight players that average at least 8.0 points per game, led by Jordan Swing's 14.5 point per game average. Robert Williams averages 11.5 points per game, Fahro Alihodzic contributes 11.0 points per game and Rod Rucker chips in at 10.0 points per game. Rucker paces the squad in rebounding (8.5 rpg) whiule Terence Jones leads the team in assists (9.0 ppg, 4.0 apg).
The Blazers are shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 46.3 percent (19-of-41) from three-point range. They boast an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.91 (42-to-22) and are outrebounding their foes by seven boards a game.
UAB is coached by first-year head Jerod Haase, who starred at Kansas under Roy Williams. He then became a part of Williams' staff at North Carolina before getting the job at UAB after last year's season.
Sunday's game marks the second meeting between the two teams as UAB defeated Navy, 71-57, in the Krystal Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., in December of 1982. Cliff Pruitt and Luellen Foster combined for 42 points and the Blazers outscored Navy, 38-25, in the second half. Dave Brooks led Navy with 15 points, but the Mids were plagued by 21 turnovers.
Navy is 18-22 all-time against Conference USA, with 20 of the meetings coming against former CAA rival East Carolina.
Navy will actually play a pair of C-USA teams this winter, as the Mids head to the Big Easy on Dec. 1, for a tilt with Tulane.
Navy is just 2-8 all-time against the state of Alabama, having played four schools. Navy has defeated Auburn once and Samford once.
The Midshipmen are 1-3 all-time on November 18. Their three losses have come by an average of 19.3 points per game and two of them are to Conference USA schools (SMU and Rice).
Binghamton Recap / Post-Game Notes
Navy used two big runs at the end of each half to post its largest Division I victory in almost four years in Wednesday's 75-52 victory over Binghamton. The win snapped a 23-game losing streak to Division I opponents, dating back to last November.
Navy trailed 24-21 with five minutes remaining in the first when the Mids went on a 16-2 run to grab a 37-26 halftime lead. After Binghamton whittled the lead to five points (50-45), Navy outscored the Bearcats, 25-7, over the last 10-plus minutes for the final margin.
The 23-point win was the largest over a Division I since a 90-67 win over Lafayette on Feb. 14, 2009.
The 23-point win was the largest against a non-conference Division I foe since 76-51 win over Md.-Eastern Shore on Nov. 25, 2008.
Navy snapped a 25-game losing streak when shooting under 45.0 percent, dating back to last year. Navy shot 44.4 percent from the field.
Navy snapped a 20-game losing streak when making four or fewer three-pointers, dating back to Jan. 5, 2009, against Elon.
Of Navy's five wins under head coach Ed DeChellis, Navy has scored at least 70 points in four of them. They have also all come during the month of November.
Department of Defense
Yes, we know it is early, but Navy has put up some pretty good numbers on the defensive end, showing a new commitment to that side of the ball.
The Midshipmen lead the Patriot League in scoring defense (51.3 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.329) and three-point percentage defense (.160). Teams have made just 52-of-158 shots and 8-of-50 three-point tries against Navy.
Nationally, according to the stat service BBState.com (through Wednesday's games), Navy ranks high on the lists (only counts D-I foes).
Of teams that have played at least three games, the Midshipmen are second in the country in field goal percentage defense (Hawai'i) and third in scoring defense behind Kansas State and Pittsburgh.
On the three-point percentage defense list, Navy is first among teams that have played at least three games.
Navy held its third straight opponent to under 55 points when Binghamton scored 52 points, the first time that Navy has done that since Feb. 14-26, 2000 (Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Army). That is also the last time Navy held four straight foes under 55 points.
In addition, Navy held its third straight foe under 35.0 percent shooting when Binghamton shot just 32.7 percent from the field. It marked the first time that has happened since Dec. 5-27, 1986 (Yale, Saint Leo, Idaho State).
Freshman Class Gives Spark
The Navy freshman class has given head coach Ed DeChellis a big lift so far this season, showing that the future is bright for Navy basketball.
So far, the group has scored 81 points to average 27.0 points per game in the three contests so far. The group scored a season-high 31 points in the win over Binghamton on Wednesday.
The school record for points by a freshman class is 762 during the 2010-11 season. That group averaged 24.6 points per game in the season's 31 games.
The class fueled a 19-0 run late in the first half against Marymount, as the class scored 14 of the points during that run, while Jerome Alexander's drawn charge kick-started the surge and Kendall Knorr's three-pointer at the buzzer ended it.
In the loss to Siena, freshmen scored the last 14 points of regulation for Navy as it rallied from an eight-point second half deficit to force overtime. Again, Alexander's 19-footer with 20 seconds left tied the game and forced overtime.
Lastly, Navy's 16-2 run over the last five minutes of the first half blew open a tight game against Binghamton. The class contributed 13 of the 16 points during the run.
As a group, they are shooting 31-of-71 (.437) from the field with 30 rebounds and 24 assists in 236 mins. Per game, that equates to 27.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 8.0 apg in 78.7 mpg. The group also has just 14 turnovers for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.71 (24-to-14).
With no one superstar on the roster, Navy may have to resort to a more-balanced attack in 2012-13. That seems to suit the Midshipmen just fine as eight different players are averaging between 5.7 and 12.3 points per game. On the rebounding front, six players average between 3.3 and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Taking Care of the Ball
Navy has turned the ball over just 33 times this year, including just eight times against Binghamton, the lowest amount of the DeChellis era and the fewest in a non-conference game since having seven against Harvard on Jan. 2, 1997.
The 33 turnovers are the fewest in the first three games of the season since turnovers became an official stat before the 1983-84 season.
In addition, Navy also boasts an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.27 (42-to-33). Navy hasn't had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00 or better since 1996-97.
Navy's 2.00 assist-to-turnover ratio (16-to-8) against Binghamton was the best for the program since Feb. 17, 2010, against Holy Cross (21-to-8 / 2.38).
Navy entered the Binghamton game having attempted just 26 free throw attempts, the fewest among in the country for a team that had played two games. That changed in a hurry.
The Midshipmen attempted 38 free throws against Binghamton, the most for the program since Nov. 30, 2008, when Navy shot 41 free throws against Radford.
The 24 free throws made were the most of the Ed DeChellis era and most since the 2011 Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal loss to Lehigh (26).
Navy owns a 177-114 (.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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